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Queenslander Pictorial, supplement to The Queenslander, 18 November 1916, p. 25
Queenslander Pictorial, supplement to The Queenslander, 27 January 1917, p. 25
Place Moscow, Russia or Poltava, Ukraine
Ethnic origin Ukrainian
Wife Daria (Dorris) Oleinikoff (nee Zorya); children: Paul (Pavel), b.1905; Vera, b.1907; Ida, b. 1909; Peter, b. 1910, killed in WWII (all born in Russia), Lucy (Lubov), b. 1912; George, b. 1914; Harry, b. 1916; Eva Jean, b. 1918 (all born in Queensland)
Residence before arrival at Australia Served 1 year in the Russian army (Red Cross ambulance)
Arrived at Australia
disembarked at Brisbane
Residence before enlistment Cordalba, Qld
Occupation Labourer, 1925 labourer at meatworks
Service service number 5650
unit 26th Battalion
place England 1916-1917
final fate RTA 21.07.1917
discharged 27.10.1917 MU
Residence after the war Brisbane, 1936 Townsville, 1941 Brisbane
Died 30.12.1944 Wooloongabba, Brisbane, Qld
Digitised naturalisation (NAA)
Family tree on Ancestry.com
Cordalba. - Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser, 9 August 1916, p. 8.
L. Berk et al., 'Protest by Russian Soldiers'. - Daily Mail, Brisbane, 5 September 1918, p. 8.
Help for Russia. - Daily Standard, Brisbane, 17 May 1922, p. 5.
Through the 'Gabba In Scanty Attire... Russian Romance Crashes. - Truth, Brisbane, 8 February 1925, p. 10.
From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:
About 1912 some ethnic Russian families took up farming land in the sugar-cane area around Cordalba, Queensland. The heads of three of these families were friends and had previously served in the Russian army. Two of them subsequently enlisted in the AIF: 36-year-old Matfeus Oleinikoff (who had eight children), and 33-year-old Feodot Peachenoff (who had one daughter). The third one, Stephen Platonoff, was too old to fight but his two sons Thomas and George enlisted instead.