Oscar Mattson

Alias Karl Nurmi (AIF service); Osker (Oskar) Madson (true name)

Born 13.08.1886

Place Kotka, Finland

Ethnic origin Finnish

Religion Lutheran

Father Herman Nurmi [Madson]

Arrived at Australia
on 04.1909
per Winnipeg
disembarked at Hobart (deserted)

Residence before enlistment Perth

Occupation Fireman, miner, sleeper cutter

Service (Depot)
enlisted 4.10.1916
POE Perth
rank Private
final fate deserted 3.09.1917

Naturalisation Served as Russian subject, appl. 1922

Residence after the war Mount Morgan, Bendigo, Orbost, Sydney, Melbourne


[Karl Narmi, alias Oscar Madson or Mathson - Applicant for Naturalization (NAA)

Digitised service records (NAA) (Nurmi)

Court martial file (NAA) (Nurmi/Madson)

Alien registration 1 2 (NAA) (Madson)

Intelligence Branch file (NAA) (Nurmi/Mathson)

Blog article



Newspaper articles

Oscar Mattson. 'Fast workers die young'. - Workers' Weekly, Sydney, 30 August 1929, p. 3.

'Red Flag'. Court disturbed. Songs in cells. - Sun, Sydney, 24 October 1930, p. 11.

Fight Hogan and Scullin. Deportation threat tp workers. - Workers' Weekly, Sydney, 31 October 1930, p. 1.

Communist activities. - Kalgoorlie Miner, 11 November 1930, p. 4.

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

It may have been unofficial practice to place Russians, whose English was deficient, in non-combatant units -- according to the Finn Karl Nurmi (Osker Madson), a former fireman, when about to embark, 'not being able to speak the English language fluently, I was withdrawn and transferred to the tunnellers'.