Peter Wiselenski


Peter Wiselenski
Queenslander Pictorial, supplement to The Queenslander, 3 November 1917, p. 24

Peter Wiselenski
Courtesy of Wiselenski family

Peter Wiselenski, 1940
Alien registration (NAA)

Alias Pete Wishkenlski (WWI service records)

Russian spelling

Петр Адамович Виселенский (Вишневский?)

Born 6.12.1894

Place Slonim, Grodno, Belarus

Ethnic origin Belarusian

Religion Russian Orthodox (WWI); Church of England (WWII)

Father Adam Wiselenski

Family

Wife Mary Eliza Revell, married 1919; children Kelvin (Peter Kelvin) b.1922, Margaret b.1928, Phillip Jones b.1930, Pauline b.1932

Residence before arrival at Australia Lived in USA in 1912-1917

Arrived at Australia
from USA
on 10.07.1917
per Canadian sailing vessel
disembarked at Brisbane

Residence before enlistment Brisbane

Occupation 1917 labourer, after the war - farmer

Service 1
service number 7815
enlisted 17.07.1917
POE Brisbane
unit 2nd Tunnelling Coy
rank Sapper
place Western Front, 1918
final fate RTA 7.02.1919
discharged 23.04.1919

Service 2 (WWII)
enlisted 1942
unit 13 Bn VDC
discharged 1943

Naturalisation 1940

Residence after the war Red Cliffs, Werribee Research Farm, Vic. till 1938; 1942 Swan Reach, Vic

Died 5.07.1974, Melbourne, Vic

Materials

Naturalisation (NAA) (Wiselenski)

Digitised WWI service records (NAA) (Pete Wishkenlski)

WWII service records (NAA) (Wiselenski)

Alien registration (NAA) (Wiselenski)

AWM WWII photos 1 2

Publications

Елена Говор, Белорусские Анзаки, Białoruskie Zeszyty Historyczne, 2013, no. 40, c. 53-108.

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

I encountered real vigilance in only a few cases [of Russians' enlistment], of which Pete Wishkenlski from Byelorussia was one. Wishkenlski, enlisting in Brisbane, was singled out from other Russians and compelled to make a statutory declaration: 'My father and mother were born in Russia. I was born in Russia. I am not of German, Austrian, Bulgarian, or Turkish parentage.'

[...] The Russian Anzacs settling down with their farms became part of the last Australian generation to pioneer the land, establishing in the process an intimate connection with the land and its people. They were often few and far between in outback areas: Pete Wishkenlski, for instance, who'd been a tunneller in the army, settled on a returned soldiers' dried-fruits block at Red Cliffs near Mildura (Victoria) and, according to the local policeman, was 'the only Russian in this district'. For local people their only knowledge of Russians would have come from contact with people like Wishkenlski and other similar pioneers spread out all over Australia.