Paul Adamson

Paul Adamson
Victoria Police Gazette, 1923

Alias Paul Alexander Adamson, Harry or Ivan Reher or Adamson

Born 14.10.1891

Place Revel (Tallinn), Estonia

Ethnic origin Estonian

Religion Church of England

Father Arthur Adamson (?)

Mother Sophia Jacobs (?)


Wife Mary Melvie Adamson (nee Cox), daughter Melba Paulina Adamson, b. 1917

Residence before arrival at Australia Served 18 months in the Russian army

Arrived at Australia
from Liverpool, UK
on 6.12.1911
per Wirral
disembarked at Fremantle, WA

Residence before enlistment Glebe, NSW; Melbourne

Occupation Seaman AB

Service 1 (Depot)
service number 5030
enlisted 6.01.1915
POE Melbourne
rank Private
discharged 13.03.1915

Service 2 (Depot)
enlisted 1.04.1915
POE Melbourne
rank Private
discharged 20.05.1915

Service 3 (Depot)
enlisted 24.01.1916
POE Melbourne
rank Private
discharged 11.05.1916

Service 4 (Depot)
enlisted 15.08.1916
POE Melbourne
rank Private
discharged 1.11.1916 MU

Naturalisation Served as Russian subject

Residence after the war Adelaide, Melbourne

Died 1949, Parkville, Victoria


Digitised service records (NAA)

Personal case file (NAA)

Alien registration (NAA)

Intelligence section file (NAA)

Investigation branch file (NAA)

Blog article



Newspaper articles

Two Russians enlist. - The Argus, Melbourne, 25 January 1916, p. 7, 8.

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

Paul Adamson, an Estonian from Revel, served 18 months in the Russian army and had a rather chequered career in Australia. He enlisted five times in the Australian army but never left Melbourne. After the war he was wanted for false pretences and, to evade police, masqueraded as a Russian 'Ivan Reher from Petrograd' -- a rather unusual example of Russianisation, perhaps.