Edward Lakovsky

Edward Lakovsky
State Library of South Australia, B 46130/96

Alias Lake

Russian spelling

Эдуард Лаковский

Born 24.05.1893

Place Iuzovo, Ekaterinoslav, Ukraine

Ethnic origin Jewish

Religion Salvation Army

Father Tom Lakovsky (Lachovsky)

Mother Pasha Lakovsky (nee Shaeffer)


Wife Hilda Isabel Lakovsky (Lake, nee Hooper), married in Melbourne 15.12.1917; children with surname Lake: Leonard Edward (1919-1986), Raymond Max (1920-1989), David Emerson (1923-2012), Isabel Ada Ellen (1924-1991), Leah Thelma (1928-2004), Pasha Hilda (1929-2008), Cyril (1934-1934), Bonny, Gertrude


Brother David 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, Broken Hill

Occupation 1915 labourer; after the war was employed by Victorian Railways; 1917 letter carrier, 1942 boot repairer

service number 1974
enlisted 14.01.1915
POE Oaklands, SA
unit 10th Battalion
rank Private
place Egypt, 1915
final fate RTA 31.08.1915
discharged 12.06.1916 MU

Naturalisation 1915

Residence after the war Melbourne

Died 11.09.1977 Creswick, Victoria


Naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised father's naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM) (Likovosky)

Army payfile (NAA)

Personal case file (NAA)

Family tree on Ancestry.com

Blog article



Newspaper articles

Larceny of a bicycle. - Barrier Miner, Broken Hill, 16 February 1911, p. 4.

Welcome Home. - Barrier Miner, Broken Hill, 31 July 1919, p. 1.

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

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

The Lakovsky, Lebovich and Rappeport families from southern Russia were among those that did continue with their small businesses in Australia. They came to Western Australia at the end of the 19th century and their sons would grow up just like other ordinary Australian city boys -- with the same pursuits and interests, and undergoing the same military training compulsory for Australian boys at the time. The difference for these Jewish boys was that, in Australia, they had the benefits of a better start in life, and a better general education, than would have been their lot in Russia. The question of their identity was probably of little concern for most of this younger generation: for them, Russianness and Jewishness were already giving way to a sense of being Australian -- or being 'British'.