Nicholas Roomianzoff

Nicholas Roomianzoff
Queenslander Pictorial, supplement to The Queenslander, 22 May 1915, p. 23

Nicholas Roomianzoff
WWII Alien registration (NAA)

Alias Romanzoff

Russian spelling

Николай Иванович Румянцев

Born 8.01.1892

Place Sabadash, Kiev, Ukraine

Ethnic origin Russian / Ukrainian

Religion Russian Orthodox

Father Ivan Roomianzoff

Mother Katherina Ohota (nee Tenchenko)

Arrived at Australia
from Far East
on 24.02.1914
per Alderham
disembarked at Brisbane

Residence before enlistment Townsville, Qld

Occupation 1914 designer; 1915 labourer, 1939 waterside worker

service number 2206
enlisted 1.04.1915
POE Rockhampton, Qld
unit 9th Battalion, 49th Battalion
rank Private
place Gallipoli, 1915; Western Front, 1916-1918
casualties WIA 1916, 1918
final fate RTA 5.04.1919
discharged 31.07.1919

Naturalisation 1974, Cairns, Qld

Residence after the war 1919 Brisbane, Mackay, Marian, 1920 Mackay, Haggy Rock Railway Construction, Mackay; 1939 Mackay; 1942 Darwin, Mackay, 1943 Townsville, Mackay, 1944 Townsville, Mackay, 1945 Moore Park, Qld, 1968 Good Samaritan Hospital, Cairns

Died 1974, Cairns, Qld


Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Approval of irregular grant (NAA)

Alien registration 1 (digitised) 2 3 (digitised) (NAA)

Medical case file (NAA)

Blog article



Newspaper articles

Press fund. - Workers' Weekly, Sydney, 12 December 1924, p. 4.

More Bolshie gold. - Workers' Weekly, Sydney, 21 December 1928, p. 3.

Magistrates court. - Daily Mercury, Mackay, 8 November 1935, p. 9.

Ambulance attention. - Daily Mercury, Mackay, 8 June 1946, p. 2.

Ambulance attention. - Daily Mercury, Mackay, 12 October 1946, p. 2.

Golden casket. - Brisbane Telegraph, 19 March 1952, p. 12.

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

Russians who joined the army together, or who met up at training camp, would often embark together. [...] The Karoola, which left Brisbane on 12 June 1915, carried eight Russians mostly from northern Queensland: Glowacki, Roomianzoff, Sekachoff, Karelin (6/9th Battalion), and Lopaten, Grehoff, Smagin and Volkoff (6/15th Battalion). In Sydney they were joined by three of their countrymen -- Kozakoff, Harbert and Kozakovshonok.

[...] The file of Nicholas Roomianzoff provides an opportunity to jump 20 years ahead to see what became of one of these vagabonds. When Roomianzoff came to Australia via the Far East as a young man, he worked as a labourer until enlisting in April 1915. At Gallipoli he got sick but recovered and rejoined his unit there; subsequently, on the Western Front, he was wounded twice (at Mouquet Farm and Dernancourt), on each occasion rejoining his unit. At the end of the war, after his discharge, he moved to the Mackay area and did railway construction work, shifting from place to place. By the beginning of the Second World War he is still at Mackay but had not become naturalised and, as an alien in war-time, had to register with the police again: his occupation at that stage is recorded as 'waterside worker'. In 1939 he moved to Darwin, back to Mackay, to Townsville, to Mackay -- back and forth, repeating the same pattern again and again. From his photograph of that year on his registration form, on which his fingerprints are also impressed, a tired-looking, withdrawn man gazes out at us as if saying, 'You don't trust me -- what do I care'. The last trace of him that I can find is at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Cairns, in 1968.