|Alias||Kaminshansky (NSW death records)|
|Russian spelling||Георгий Петрович Камышанский|
|Religion||Greek Catholic [Russian Orthodox?]|
|Father||Petr Kamishansky (Петр Константинович Камышанский)|
|Mother||Katherine Kamishansky (Екатерина Григорьевна (?) Камышанская)|
|Family||Wife Jean (Janet) Elizabeth Kamishansky (née Smith), married 1921|
|Arrived at Australia||
disembarked at Melbourne
|Residence before enlistment||Wanalta district, Vic, on ships at the Interstate coastal service|
|Occupation||seaman AB, after the war - electrician, telephone mechanic, officer at the Customs Dept, Sydney|
|Residence after the war||Sydney|
|Place of enlistment||Sydney|
|Unit||1st FAB; 1st Anzac Headquarters, attached to the 2nd Army Intelligence Staff|
|Place||Gallipoli, 1915, Western Front, 1916, England, 1917-1918|
|Final fate||RTA 10.03.1918|
Digitised naturalisation (NAA)
Biographical file (AWM)
Roll of Honour Circular (AWM)
From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:
It was common for seamen to have been at sea from an early age but, as previously noted, many of them had unexpected family backgrounds -- like George Kamishansky from Kerch, whose work in Australia as an ordinary seaman on coastal ships belied his original background. His father, Petr Konstantinovich Kamishansky, was a St Petersburg court prosecutor who had committed some kind of legal infraction and been sent into internal exile; but, because of his high social rank, he served out his exile as a provincial governor. George knew French, German and English and was obviously well-educated; later, when serving in the AIF in military intelligence, he was able to put his linguistic skills to good use.
[...] The very first contingent [...] -- this First Fleet of the new Australian nationhood -- left Australian waters in early November 1914 with at least 12 Russians: the Finns Baer and Hiltunen, the ethnic Russians Arn, Kamishansky, Sast and Sindeeff, the Polish-born Markowicz and Watson, the Jews Zander and Levene, and the Russian-born Englishmen Ball and Dyson.
[...] George Kamishansky was another educated Russian, with a knowledge of French and German; after getting sick in France, he was transferred from the artillery and attached to Intelligence staff at 1st Anzac Corps Headquarters.
[...] A few Russians who managed to gain qualifications and experience ended up having successful professional careers here. [...] George Kamishansky, whose health was shattered after Gallipoli, studied electrical engineering, also at Sydney Technical College. He found work first as a telephone mechanic, studied accountancy and, after passing his exams, was finally employed in the Customs Department in Sydney, where 'he found scope for his linguistic ability'.
[...] George Kamishansky 'spent the greater part of his time up to 1921 in hospitals and convalescent homes' and married an AIF sister, Jane Smith, in 1921.