Jackow Petroff

Russian spelling

Яков Васильевич Петров

Born 4.02.1887

Place Tokmak, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Ethnic origin Russian

Religion Russian Orthodox

Father Basil Petroff


Came to Australia with Vasily Boltinkof

Residence before arrival at Australia Served for 3 years in Russian Cavalry as a Cossack

Arrived at Australia
from India
on 26.02.1912
per Itonus
disembarked at Fremantle, WA

Residence before enlistment Holyoake, Karridale, Collie, WA

Occupation Sleeper cutter, sleeper hewer, labourer

service number 2002
enlisted 18.02.1915
POE Blackboy Hill, WA
unit 11th Battalion, 51st Battalion
rank Private, Lance Corporal
place Gallipoli, 1915; Western Front, 1916-1918
final fate RTA 25.01.1919
discharged 15.05.1919

Naturalisation 1915


Digitised naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)


Elena Govor, 'And now... looking for Private Petroff', - Carillon Chimes, no. 124, 2005, pp. 8-12, ills.

Blog article



From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

At Fremantle in 1912 two Russians of peasant background arrived from India on the sailing ship Itonus: Jackow Petroff from the village of Tokmak in the Tien Shan foothills, central Asia (now Kirghizia), and Vasily Boltinkof from Boguchar village in Voronezh province. What took them from Russia to India in the first place remains a mystery, let alone how they ended up together on the boat to Australia.