William Kalinovsky

William Kalinovsky
Queenslander Pictorial, supplement to The Queenslander, 9 June 1917, p. 22

William Kalin with his son Ross
Courtesy of Ross Kalin

Alias Kalin (since the early 1920s)

Russian spelling

Владимир Матвеевич Калиновский; Lithuanian spelling: Kalinauskas

Born 1893

Place Zhagary, (Zhagare), Lithuania

Ethnic origin Lithuanian

Religion Roman Catholic

Father Matthew Kalinovsky

Mother Elizabeth Matuz (Matiez)


1924 married Clarisse McFeeters, son Ross b. 1925

Residence before arrival at Australia Left home at 14, worked on ships as cook*, lived 3 years in Chicago, USA

Arrived at Australia

Residence before enlistment Queensland, Cloncurry

Occupation 1916 tailor's cutter, after the war worked in Tasmania as a court translator; tailor;

service number 3119
enlisted 29.09.1916
POE Cloncurry, Qld
unit 4th Pioneer Battalion; 12th Battalion, 21st MG Company
rank Private, Lance Corporal
place Western Front, 1917-1919
final fate RTA 18.12.1919
discharged 25.03.1920

Naturalisation Served as Russian subject

Residence after the war Visited Lithuania; Lived in USA, Tasmania, Broken Hill, Melbourne, Newcastle, Brisbane*

Died 12.07.1937, Brisbane


Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Repatriation Medical case file (NAA)

* Information from Ross Kalin.

Blog articles

Russian Anzacs (Russian)

Russian Anzacs (English)

Early Lithuanians in Australia

Newspaper articles

City tailor found dead in shop. - Courier-Mail, Brisbane, 13 July 1937, p. 14.

Police evidence indicates George Street tailor's death due to natural causes. - Telegraph, Brisbane, 30 August 1937, p. 18.

Coroner's court. - Queensland Times, Ipswich, 11 September 1937, p. 13.


The Baltic peoples in Australia: Lithuanians, Latvians, Estonians / B. & A. Birskys, A. Putniņs and I. Salasoo, Melbourne : AE Press, 1986, p.12

From The Baltic peoples in Australia:

Kalinauskas was an interpreter with the AIF in France. After the war he moved from one Eastern state capital to another until he set himself up as a tailor in Brisbane.