Matfeus Oleinikoff

Matfeus Oleinikoff
Queenslander Pictorial, supplement to The Queenslander, 18 November 1916, p. 25

Queenslander Pictorial, supplement to The Queenslander, 27 January 1917, p. 25

WWI Pictorial Honour Roll of Queenslanders

Russian spelling

Матвей Олейников

Born 16.11.1879

Place Moscow, Russia or Poltava, Ukraine

Ethnic origin Ukrainian

Religion Methodist


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
from Moscow
on 4.09.1912
per Eastern
disembarked at Brisbane

Residence before enlistment Cordalba, Qld

Occupation Labourer, 1925 labourer at meatworks

service number 5650
enlisted 10.05.1916
POE Brisbane
unit 26th Battalion
rank Private
place England 1916-1917
final fate RTA 21.07.1917
discharged 27.10.1917 MU

Naturalisation 1915

Residence after the war Brisbane, 1936 Townsville, 1941 Brisbane

Died 30.12.1944 Wooloongabba, Brisbane, Qld


Digitised naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Repatriation Medical case file (NAA)

Family tree on

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Newspaper articles

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.