Steven Orloff

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

Steven Orloff
Alien registration SP11/2 (NAA)

Alias Stephen

Russian spelling

Степан Александрович Орлов

Born 25.11.1885

Place Plashkino, Ostrov, Pskov, Russia

Ethnic origin Russian

Religion Church of Christ

Father Alexander Orloff

Mother Epimia (Efermia) Sergeiff

Arrived at Australia
from Vladivostok
on 8.12.1912
per Nikko Maru
disembarked at Brisbane

Residence before enlistment Brisbane, Cairns, Yamba, Masonic Hike, Rockhampton, Qld

Occupation 1912 blacksmith; 1916, 1947 labourer

service number 2372
enlisted 5.05.1916
POE Rockhampton, Qld
unit 42nd Battalion
rank Private
place Western Front, 1917
casualties WIA 1917
final fate RTA 5.04.1918
discharged 21.08.1918, MU

Naturalisation 1948

Residence after the war Cairns, Brisbane, Charleville, Qld, Sydney

Died 1966 North Ryde, NSW


Naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Court martial file (NAA)

Alien registration (NAA)

Blog article



Newspaper articles

Central district volunteers. - Capricornian, Rockhampton, 13 May 1916, p. 7.

L. Berk et al., 'Protest by Russian Soldiers'. - Daily Mail, Brisbane, 5 September 1918, p. 8.

L. Berk et al., 'Russian Soldiers' Protest'. - Daily Mail, Brisbane, 17 September 1918, p. 7.

Alleged stabbing. - The Brisbane Courier, 1 September 1927, p. 11

Cut chest and broken rib. - Daily Standard, Brisbane, 12 October 1927, p. 1

Supreme court. - The Brisbane Courier, 13 October 1927, p. 16

Criminal court. Russian found guilty. - The Telegraph, Brisbane, 13 October 1927, p. 7

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

But let's spend a little longer listening to the voices of these Russian swaggies as they emerge from the documents. 'In 1922 I left my discharge with my swag at Babinda Railway station North Queensland and the whole of goods which I had in my swag was stolen by some person unknown.' This is Steven Orloff -- another whose life took many different turns. At Ypres he was severely wounded, on the same day as Ankudinow, and invalided back to Australia. On his return, Orloff supported Leo Berk's anti-bolshevik group even though before the war he had raised money to send to political prisoners in Russia and even though, in 1921, he is found on Simonoff's repatriation list. He did not go back to Russia, however, and ended up sundowning in Queensland and New South Wales. In 1947, when applying for naturalisation, he still had no permanent address, being apparently camped out at La Perouse, Sydney.