Yur Kivovitch

Alias Judah Myer Kivovitch (naturalisation); Victor Michael Carmichael (changed name by deed of poll)

Russian spelling


Born 4.10.1890

Place Kherson, Ukraine

Ethnic origin Jewish

Religion Jewish

Father Yur (Jacob) Kivovitch

Mother Yetta (Annette) Kivovitch


Wife Rose Rivet Senez Carmichael

Residence before arrival at Australia Went to India from South China, naturalised in Hong Kong

Arrived at Australia
from Hong Kong
on 8.12.1913
per Nikko Maru
disembarked at Townsville, Qld

Residence before enlistment Townsville, Sydney

Occupation 1913 subcollector of customs, Townsville, 1915 tradesman, refreshment room keeper, 1918 commercial traveller; later merchant, manufacturer, proprietor

service number 2690
enlisted 31.08.1915
POE Holdsworthy, NSW
unit 18th Battalion, Camel transport Corps, Australian H.Q., Egypt
rank Acting/C.Q.M.S., Private, Temporary Corporal
place Egypt, Palestine, 1916-1917
final fate RTA 22.01.1917
discharged 21.03.1917 MU

Naturalisation 1919

Residence after the war South Australia, New Zealand, Canada, 1951 Australia

Died 1965 Sydney


Naturalisation (NAA) (Kivovitch)

Digitised service records (NAA) (Kivovich)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Digitised Investigation Branch file (NAA)

Assistance and medical file (NAA)

Investigation Branch file (NAA)

Blog article



Newspaper articles

Returned soldiers' loss. - Singleton Argus, 4 March 1919, p. 1

In equity. - The Sydney Morning Herald, 22 December 1923, p. 9

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

Some [Jewish Anzacs] were highly educated -- like Yur Kivovitch, brought up in Odessa, who claimed (when enlisting in the AIF) to have 'diplomas as an interpreter in Russian, Arabic, Turkish, German, etc., also a working knowledge of French, Italian and Spanish', which must have made him useful when attached to the military censor's office in Egypt.

[...] having been invalided out of the army and seeking to be naturalised, Yur Kivovitch wrote in 1918: 'my desire for naturalisation is so that I would be able to execute duties such as a citizen should -- It struck me rather hard when I found that I am not able to vote after fighting for King and Country.'