Hjalmari Hannus

Born 1898

Place Helsingfors (Helsinki), Finland

Ethnic origin Finnish

Religion Methodist

Father Matti Hannus, arrived in Australia with family in 1900, nat. 1904

Mother Eva Johanna Saarela


Wife Norma Gwendoline Hannus (nee Franklin), married 1922, Qld

Arrived at Australia
from Finland
on 22.01.1900
per Orizaba
disembarked at Brisbane

Residence before enlistment Chillagoe, Nambour, Brisbane, Atherton, Qld

Occupation Carpenter

service number 2074
enlisted 9.05.1916
POE Brisbane
unit 41st Battalion, 3rd Pioneer Battalion
rank Private
place Western Front, 1916-1918
casualties WIA 1917
final fate RTA 27.05.1919
discharged 12.09.1919

Naturalisation 1904 (with father)

Residence after the war Tolga, Innisfail, Brisbane

Died 16.09.1930, Qld


Digitised father's naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Repatriation Medical case file (NAA)

Blog article



Newspaper articles

H. Hannus. Tinaroo shire roads. - Northern Herald, Cairns, 23 February 1921, p. 38.

H. Hannus. Cooperation and the primary producer. - Cairns Post, 10 March 1921, p. 2.

J. McMahon. Malanda, the heart of the Tablelands. - Cairns Post, 14 October 1922, p. 9.

Tolga social. - Northern Herald, Cairns, 18 December 1929, p. 43.


Wildman, Owen, Queenslanders who fought in the Great War, [1919], pp. 78-79.

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

Only a few Finns who had spent longer in Australia had wives here; apart from the small group of families that followed Matti Kurikka's charismatic leadership to north Queensland, Finnish families did not tend to migrate here. Kurikka wanted to found a Finnish colony in north Queensland at the beginning of the 20th century, and among these families there were at least three future Anzacs who arrived as young boys: Julius Nyman, Hjalmari Hannus and Johannes Kotkamaa.