David Lakovsky

David Lake, 1939

Alias David Lake

Russian spelling

Давид Лаковский

Born 5.01.1898

Place Ekaterinoslav (Dnipro), Ukraine

Ethnic origin Jewish

Religion Jewish

Father Tom Lakovsky (Lachovsky)

Mother Pasha Lakovsky (nee Shaeffer)


Wife Hannah Lake (nee Brumer); son Max Emory Lake (1924-2009), Bernard Joel (1929-1999), Trevor (1931-1933), Janette, Jeffrey


Brother Edward Lakovsky; sister Zillah Lakovsky, wife of Jack Kanaef

Residence before arrival at Australia Lived in Odessa, Ukraine

Arrived at Australia
from Odessa, Ukraine
on 28.07.1903
per Gera
disembarked at Fremantle, WA

Residence before enlistment Perth, Kalgoorlie, Sydney

Occupation furniture salesman; Since late 1920s General Sales manager of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures

service number 1304
enlisted 28.12.1917
POE South Head, NSW
unit 36th A. Heavy Arty (AHAG) (Siege art. brigade)
rank Gunner
place Western Front, 1918
discharged 31.07.1919 in London

Naturalisation 1911 (with father)

Residence after the war New York, USA; Sydney

Died 5.03.1953 Sydney


Digitised father's naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Family tree at Ancestry.com

Blog article



Newspaper articles

Mr. Thomas Lakovsky. - The Hebrew Standard of Australasia, Sydney, 13 March 1931, pp. 3-4.

Visiting Sydney executive. Mr. David Lake in Perht. - West Australian, Perth, 21 April 1939, p. 4.

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

David Lakovsky (later Lake) was 19 years old when he enlisted in the army, having previously served as a gunner at South Head, Sydney. He was trained to serve with the siege artillery brigade, but only reached the Western Front a few days after the Armistice. According to his niece, 'David Lake went to America, and became interested in movies, and he started Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures in Australia. He was the one in the depression who kept all the family going.'