Jacob Serennikoff

Alias Elias Jacob Serebrennikoff

Russian spelling

Яков Иосифович Серебренников

Born 28.05.1878

Place Mikhailovka, Melitopol, Ukraine

Ethnic origin Jewish / Russian

Religion Russian Orthodox

Father Joseph or Jacob Serebrennikoff

Mother Marie Guroff


Wife Alice Maud Serebrennikoff (née Swanson), married 1917

Residence before arrival at Australia Served in the Dragoons Squadron, Russian Army, for 5 years; was engaged in suppressing the Boxer Uprising in 1900 and fought in the Russo-Japanese war

Arrived at Australia
on 1915

Residence before enlistment Mordialloc, Vic.

Occupation Botanist, 1915 clerk; after discharge: clerk at the Russian consulate, 1916 military attaché at the Russian Consulate

service number 1673
enlisted 22.03.1915
POE at troop ship 'Runic', Colombo
unit 6th Battalion
rank Private
place Gallipoli, 1915
casualties WIA 1915
final fate RTA 29.07.1915
discharged 22.03.16 MU

Naturalisation Served as Russian subject

Residence after the war Melbourne; 1919 Tower Plenty; 1924 Lower Templestowe, Vic., Elcho Island; 1927 Beaumaris, Vic.

Died 19.06.1927, Dandenong, Victoria


Alien registration (NAA) (Serebremnikoff)

Wife's naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised service records (NAA)

Investigation Branch file (NAA)

Mrs Alice Maud Serebrennikoff (NAA)

B Heselev requests permission for Dr L Serebrenikoff and wife (Russians) to come to Australia (NAA)

Roll of Honour Circulars 1940-1944 (AWM)


Елена Говор, Мелитополь - Австралия: дорога через века. - Мелитопольские ведомости, 2011, № 44, с. 18, 2012, № 27, с. 18

Blog article



Newspaper articles

Concerning people. - The Register, Adelaide, 7 April 1916, p. 4

Southern Slavs. Visit of Russian military attache. - Kalgoorlie Miner, 13 April 1916, p. 4

Slavs and miners. - The Daily News, Perth, 15 April 1916, p. 5

Dairying at Templestowe. - The Australasian, Melbourne, 8 July 1922, pp. 5, 7

The Boucault Bay Trading Co. - Northern Standard, Darwin, 12 August 1924, p. 2

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

On 8 May the 6th Battalion took part in the charge at Krithia, on the toe of the peninsula. The botanist Jakob Serennikoff and the seaman Arvid Berkis, who had just arrived with the 3rd reinforcements, were wounded in this attack. Serennikoff was evacuated to Australia. [...]