Adolf Ignatieff Mishkinis

Alias Adolph Mishkinis
Russian spelling Адольф Игнатьевич Мишкинис
Born 15.01.1889
Place Novoaleksandrovsk (now Zarasai), Kovno (Kaunas), Lithuania
Ethnic origin Lithuanian
Religion Roman Catholic
Mother Redviga Mishkinis

Wife May Mishkinis (née Curtayne), married ca 1922, separated in the early 1930s; sons Vincent (b.1924) & Francis (b. 1928), both served in WWII

Residence before arrival at Australia Lived in America
Arrived at Australia from America
on 09.1915
per Gpoun
disembarked at Melbourne
Residence before enlistment Melbourne
Occupation Seaman, engineer
Naturalisation 1919
Residence after the war Melbourne, Lysterfield, Ballarat, Vic
Died 19.10.1957, Ballarat

Service #1

Service number 4540
Enlisted 8.11.1915
Place of enlistment Melbourne
Unit 5th Battalion, 46th Battalion
Rank Private, Lance Corporal
Place Western Front, 1916-1917
Casualties WIA 1916, 1917
Final fate RTA 24.01.1918
Discharged 10.09.1918 MU


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Early Lithuanians in Australia

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

With ten siblings, Adolph Mishkinis had little choice but to leave his Lithuanian village in search of work: 'At about 13 years of age he was urged by his parents to leave home and make his way to the coast to seek employment on a ship, which he succeeded in so doing. ... Adolph reached America and learned to speak English ... Adolph worked with the lumberjacks in Canada for a time, where he serviced and maintained the donkey engines in use there. He joined the American merchant ships and sailed around the world three times and became a third class marine engineer.' After arriving in Australia, in September 1915, he left his ship and joined the AIF.

[...] Adolph Mishkinis was wounded at Ypres and after 27 operations on his head still suffered for years from severe headaches.

[...] When war broke out, Australia started processing flax fibre to manufacture canvas and military webbing. Mishkinis, as his son Vincent remembers, 'noticed that the flax fibres grown in Ballarat were inferior in quality, being grossly discoloured, a dirty grey. He proceeded to experiment with flax, firstly growing it in our back-yard, then on a friend's property.' From Vincent's description, it is obvious that Adolph was drawing on the centuries-old technology he would have observed in Lithuania as a child. And the results were impressive: 'A bundle of fibres held by outstretched hand shimmered in the sun like a young girl's blonde hair. His sample was entered in the Melbourne Show and won 1st Prize.' Unfortunately, however, Adolph was annoyed at not receiving his expected financial reward from the government and destroyed 'his notes on his work with flax in disgust'.