John Kostin

John Kostin
courtesy of Nina Kostin

John Kostin's grave
at Toowong Cemetery, Brisbane
Photo courtesy of Victoria Smolina

Russian spelling

Иван Георгиевич Костин

Born 20.02.1884

Place Kyshtym, Cheliabinsk, Russia

Ethnic origin Russian

Religion Russian Orthodox

Father George Kostin

Mother Evdokia Kostin


Wife Dora (Doris) Louisa Kostin (née Trim), married 1916 in England; children: Nina b. 1919; Victor, b. 1921, served in WWII; Eugene John, b. 1925; Alexander b. 1927, changed name to Mervyn Bowman, served in WWII

Residence before arrival at Australia Took part in Russo-Japanese war

Arrived at Australia
from Russia
on 16.11.1910
per Nikko Maru
disembarked at Sydney

Residence before enlistment Sydney, Mossman, Qld

Occupation 1915 fitter, 1919 engineer, 1921 soldier settler, 1925 orchardist, 1928 engineer

service number 13983
enlisted 11.12.1915
POE Townsville, Qld
unit 12th Field Company Engineers, 5th Field Company Engineers
rank Sapper
place Western Front, 1917-1918
casualties WIA 1917, 1918
final fate RTA 23.07.1919
discharged 13.11.1919

Naturalisation 1928

Residence after the war 1928 Stanthorpe, 1934 Deagon, Qld

Died 2.08.1937, Brisbane


Naturalisation (NAA) (Kastin)

Digitised service records (NAA) (Kostin)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Kostitch [Kostin], John - Naturalization certificate granted 15 October 1928 (NAA)

Medical case file (NAA)

Pension case file 1 2 (NAA)

Blog article



From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

John Kostin, an engineer, wounded and gassed at the Western Front, brought his wife out from England. They [...] settled near Stanthorpe, raising their four children on the farm, where his children remember their dad 'working all the time and then he got sick'. Kostin died (in 1937) 'of mustard gas', his granddaughter says, 'dad said it was very sad to see his father go through the pain ...'.