Hugo Michael Walter Saari

Hugo Michael Walter Saari
WWII alien registration (NAA)

Alias Walter; Hugo Walter; Hugo Walter Michael (naturalisation); nickname: Pappinburra Bill

Born 23.02.1897

Place Mariehamn, Aland, Finland

Ethnic origin Finnish

Religion Lutheran

Father Augustus Saari

Arrived at Australia
on 1914
per Cumberland
disembarked at Sydney

Residence before enlistment Sydney

Occupation 1917 labourer, 1949 seaman

service number 22318
enlisted 30.10.1917
POE Sydney
unit 15th Field Company Engineers, 1st Motor Transport Section
rank Private, Sapper, Driver
place France 1919
final fate RTA 3.09.1919
discharged 16.11.1919

Naturalisation Applied 1949

Residence after the war Sydney, 1928-49 Adelaide, Whyalla, 1949 Semaphore, SA

Died 12.01.1960, Adelaide


Digitised naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Digitised Investigation Branch file (NAA)

WWII alien registration 1 (digitised) 2 (NAA)

Personal case file (NAA)

Blog article



Newspaper articles

Police court. - Port Macquarie News and Hastings River Advocate, 6 February 1932, p. 4.

Police court. - Port Macquarie News and Hastings River Advocate, 14 May 1932, p. 6.

Supplied liquor to Aboriginal. - News, Adelaide, 11 June 1941, p. 5.

"Walga! Walga!" and "Cuthera Cobbie". - Whyalla News, 13 June 1941, p. 3.

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

Sometimes this Australianness comes clad in a vagabond's clothes rather than in hero's attire. So, to the gallery of Russian swagmen already mentioned earlier (Ankudinow, Orloff, Abrahamovitch, Mannerman) I could add another colourful figure -- 'Pappinburra Bill', formerly a Finnish seaman named Hugo Michael Walter Saari. According to the police, he had a long criminal record across the country in every State, from 'stealing a dog' to 'supply liquor to abo' -- at least the police couldn't reproach him for 'fraternising with Russians'.