Thomas Stephen Platonoff


Alias served as Platonaff, naturalised as Thomas Stephanus Platonoff

Russian spelling

Фома Степанович Платонов

Born 19.09.1892

Place Novoukrainka, Kherson, Ukraine

Ethnic origin Ukrainian/Russian

Religion served as Roman Catholic (?)

Father Stephan Platonoff

Mother Tatiana Odarchinko

Family

Wife Vera nee Kurtish, married 1920; sons Stanley b. 1925, Thomas b. 1927, Peter b. 1928

Contacts

Brother George Platonoff

Arrived at Australia
from Russia
on 12.11.1911
per Kumano Maru
disembarked at Brisbane

Residence before enlistment Settled with parents and brother George Platonoff at Booyal, Cordalba, worked on Cordalba-Dallarnil railway construction, purchased a farm at Booyal, Qld

Occupation 1913 farmer, 1916 farm labourer, 1925 labourer; 1943 wharf labourer; 1949 waterside worker

Service
service number 1950
enlisted 17.01.1916
POE Brisbane
unit 52nd Battalion
rank Private
place Western Front, 1916-1917
discharged 29.11.1917

Naturalisation 1914

Residence after the war 1919 Booyal, Qld; 1930 Wundaru, Mackay; 1937 Mount Isa, 1940 Mackay; 1943 Rockhampton; by 1949 Brisbane, Qld

Died 16.11.1954, Brisbane, Qld

Materials

Digitised naturalisation (NAA) (Thomas Stephanus Plantonoff - in error)

Digitised service records (NAA) (Platonaff)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM) (Platonaff)

Blog article

Russian

English

Newspaper articles

Applications to select. - Bundaberg Mail and Burnett Advertiser, 2 December 1912, p. 4.

Booyal. - Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser, 5 January 1918, p. 6.

Foreigners quarrel. - _Daily Mercury (Mackay, Qld. : 1906 - 1954), Thursday 28 November 1929, p. 4.

Industrial court. - Daily Mercury, Mackay, 12 December 1929, p. 7.

In the supreme court of Brisbane. - The Brisbane Courier, 11 October 1930, p. 5.

In the courts. - Daily Mercury, Mackay, 13 February 1931, p. 9.

In the courts. - Daily Mercury, Mackay, 3 March 1931, p. 8.

Important decision. Sugar worker's case. - Worker, Brisbane, 29 April 1931, p. 11.

In the courts. - Daily Mercury, Mackay, 23 July 1931, p. 2.

Magistrates court. - Daily Mercury, Mackay, 20 August 1931, p. 6.

Deductions from wages. - Worker, Brisbane, 6 January 1932, p. 10.

In the courts. - Daily Mercury, Mackay, 10 March 1932, p. 3.

In the courts. - Daily Mercury, Mackay, 22 June 1932, p. 8.

Magistrates court. - Daily Mercury, Mackay, 7 July 1932, p. 9.

In the courts. - Daily Mercury, Mackay, 30 November 1932, p. 8.

Sheepskins for Russia. - Morning Bulletin, Rockhampton, 27 October 1942, p. 2.

Wharfie hit head, died. - The Courier-Mail, Brisbane, 17 November 1954, p. 1.

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

About 1912 some ethnic Russian families took up farming land in the sugar-cane area around Cordalba, Queensland. The heads of three of these families were friends and had previously served in the Russian army. Two of them subsequently enlisted in the AIF: 36-year-old Matfeus Oleinikoff (who had eight children), and 33-year-old Feodot Peachenoff (who had one daughter). The third one, Stephen Platonoff, was too old to fight but his two sons Thomas and George enlisted instead.