John Elfimoff

Russian spelling

Иван Григорьевич Елфимов

Born 15.10.1875

Place Novotroitskoe, Buguruslan, Samara, Russia

Ethnic origin Russian

Religion Russian Orthodox

Father Grigory Elfimoff


Wife Domna Elfimoff (nee Egonin), son Pavel b. 1910, daughter Olga b. 1914, son Peter b. 1915

Arrived at Australia
from Moji, Japan
on 20.06.1913
per Nikko Maru
disembarked at Brisbane

Residence before enlistment Mount Morgan, Qld

Occupation Labourer, miner

Service (Depot)
enlisted 17.02.1916
POE Rockhampton
rank Private
discharged 24.02.1916 MU

Naturalisation Served as Russian subject

Residence after the war 1918 Selwyn, 1919 Cairns, Tarzali, Gordonvale, Townsville, Mount Mulligan, 1921, Cairns, Innisfail, Gordonvale, Sydney, Newcastle


Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised alien registration (NAA)

Digitised certificate pf discharge and Russian passport (NAA)

Family tree on

Blog article



Newspaper articles

Central district volunteers. - The Capricornian, Rockhampton, 26 February 1916, p. 5.

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

There were [...] men with ethnic Russian families who joined up [...]. There were also the occasional family tragedies, like John Elfimoff's. He was a miner from Mount Morgan and had three children; his wife eloped with another Russian, which probably pushed John, who was already over 40 years old, into enlisting.