Michael Nemirovsky

Michael Nemirovsky's tombstone
Courtesy of Ben Hirsh

Alias Abraham (in shipping records); changed name to Michael Arnold (after 1930s)*

Russian spelling

Михаил Иосифович Немировский

Born 28.03.1897

Place Mariinsk, Tomsk, Russia

Ethnic origin Jewish / Russian

Religion Greek Jewish (sic) changed to Greek Orthodox Church

Father Joseph Nemirovsky


Wife Doria Nemirovsky (née Mahst) (Debora Maemer), married 1921, divorced 1933; wife Nona Nemirovsky


William Danieloff Gorkoon

Arrived at Australia
from Shanghai, China
on 12.05.1915
per On Sang
disembarked at Fremantle, WA

Residence before enlistment Geraldton, WA

Occupation 1915 draper, 1919 motor driver, 1921 tin smith, 1927 conductor

service number 4865
enlisted 22.12.1915
POE Blackboy Hill, Geraldton, WA
unit 11th Battalion, 51st Battalion, 3rd Australian Division Supply Column, 3rd MT Company, 4th MT Company
rank Private, Driver
place Western Front, 1916-1919
casualties WIA 1916
final fate RTA 1.06.1919
discharged 22.08.1919

Naturalisation 1928

Residence after the war 1919-1922 Melbourne, 1927 Adelaide, 1929 Perth, 1933 Adelaide

Died 18.05.1956 Adelaide, buried in the Jewish section of West Terrace Cemetery as Michael Arnold*


Naturalisation 1 2 (NAA)

Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM) (Memirovsky)

Court martial file (NAA)

Alien registration (NAA)

Wife's alien registration (NAA)

Application for admission relatives and friends 1 2 3 (NAA)

Investigation Branch file (NAA)

WWII security investigation dossier (NAA)

* Information provided by Ben Hirsh

Blog article



Newspaper articles

You can buy "The Mirror" here. - Mirror, Perth, 19 October 1929, p 13, il.

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

Further indications of military command's approach towards the Russians may be found in courts-martial proceedings. Many disciplinary cases, such as 'using insubordinate language' (and army life made it easy for Russians to pick up that kind of 'language' quickly), made no reference to their Russian origin at all and the trials were unbiased. When Michael Nemirovsky abused a non-commissioned officer, for instance, the court sentenced him to 28 days of no. 1 field punishment, and commented that 'The Court are of opinion that there was provocation and recommend the accused to mercy'.

[...] The Myers were known for providing their compatriots with employment, among whom were several diggers -- Michael Nemirovsky was one who worked at the Emporium in the 1930s.