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
Family 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
Naturalisation 1904 (with father)
Residence after the war Tolga, Innisfail, Brisbane
Died 16.09.1930, Qld

Service #1

Service number 2074
Enlisted 9.05.1916
Place of enlistment 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


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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.