Peter Sterlesky

Peter Sterletsky
Courtesy of Jack Carlos

Alias Sterletsky, Strelitsky

Russian spelling

Петр Иванович Стерлецкий

Born 29.06.1886

Place Ievlevo, Tiumen, Tobolsk, Russia

Ethnic origin Russian

Religion Russian Orthodox

Father John Sterletsky

Mother Annie Sterletsky (née Spiridonoff)


Wife Isabella Esther Sterlesky (née Stephens), married 1926; daughters Myra, Yvonne, Irene, Jean, son Peter James Sterlesky

Arrived at Australia
from Far East
on 13.10.1912
per Kumano Maru
disembarked at Brisbane

Residence before enlistment Brisbane

Occupation 1916 labourer; after army: labourer, lengthsman

service number 5917
enlisted 25.07.1916
POE Brisbane
unit 26th Battalion
rank Private
place Western Front, 1917-1918
casualties WIA (gassed) 1917
final fate RTA 2.01.1919
discharged 3.04.1919 MU

Naturalisation 1920

Residence after the war Brisbane, Blackall, Brisbane, Jambin, Nonda via Richmond, Monkland via Gympie, Charters Towers, Hughenden, Rockhampton, Qld

Died 18.05.1953, Rockhampton


Digitised naturalisation (NAA) (Sterlkesky - in error)

Digitised service records (NAA) (Sterletsky)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Repatriation Medical case file (NAA) (Sterletsky)

Alien registration (NAA) (Sterlesky)

Family tree on

Blog article



Newspaper articles

Jambin news. - Evening News, Rockhampton, 27 August 1925, p. 5.

Northern miner. - Northern Miner, Charters Towers, 29 December 1927, p. 2.

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

[...] when Peter Sterlesky applied for naturalisation soon after repatriation, his police report said, 'The applicant is not known to the Russians about Brisbane, as he does not fraternize with them'. It added that Sterlesky's reason for not registering as an alien was 'he was informed by other returned soldiers, that as he was a returned soldier, he need not do so' -- which, itself, suggests that he already belonged to the world of his war comrades. He worked all his life for the Queensland Railways as a lengthsman and it is not surprising to find other signs of being part of this other world, like his appointment as justice of the peace, in 1929.