Alfroniza Morozoff

Alias John (Jack) Morris; Afanasie Morizif; Aphonasiy Cardapolop [Afanasy Kargopolov]

Russian spelling

Афанасий Платонович Морозов

Born 17.03.1876

Place Tobolsk, Siberia, Russia or Odessa, Ukraine

Ethnic origin Russian

Religion Roman Catholic (?)

Father Platon Morozoff

Mother Lokeria Oshipumna [Lukeria Osipovna] Morozoff


Deserted Russian naval ship 'Gromoboi' together with Huon Pologouck

Residence before arrival at Australia Served 7 years in the Russian Navy

Arrived at Australia
from Russia
on 30.04.1901
per Gromoboi
disembarked at Melbourne

Residence before enlistment Bunyip Swamp, Gippsland, Victoria, by 1915 Queensland

Occupation 1915 bridge carpenter, 1917 carpenter

Service 1
service number 1639
enlisted 8.05.1915
POE Cloncurry, Qld
unit 25th Battalion
rank Private
place Egypt, 1915
final fate RTA 25.09.1915
discharged 12.04.1916

Service 2 (Depot)
service number Q21966
enlisted 28.11.1917
POE Charleville, Qld
rank Private
discharged 3.12.1917 MU

Naturalisation 1937

Residence after the war 1918 Rockhampton, 1919 Longreach, 1933, 1937 Goondiwindi; 1950s Eventide, Sandgate, Qld

Died 1954, Qld


Naturalisation (NAA) (Moris)

Certificate of naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised alien registration 1 2 (NAA) (Morozoff & Jack Morris)

Digitised service records 1 2 (NAA) (John Morris and Morizif)

Application to enlist in the AIF (NAA) (Morigif)

Blog article



From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

There was also a small group of men with service in the Russian navy and adventurous lives behind them, of whom Alfroniza Morozoff (from Odessa) was, perhaps, typical. Morozoff had deserted from the Russian naval ship Gromoboi when it visited Australia to take part in the celebrations for Federation in 1901. He changed his name to Jack Morris and by the time of his enlistment in the AIF was working as a bridge carpenter at Bunyip Swamp in Gippsland, Victoria.