Nicholas Sindeeff

Russian spelling

Николай Николаевич Синдеев

Born 31.03.1886

Place Syzran, Simbirsk (Ulianovsk), Russia

Ethnic origin Russian

Religion Russian Orthodox

Father Nicholas W. Sindeeff

Residence before arrival at Australia Resided in St Petersburg until 1909, ordered to leave by police owing to his having taken prominent part in the political meetings, went to Port Dairen, Manchuria, then to Nagasaki

Arrived at Australia
from Russia via Nagasaki, Japan
on 29.05.1910
per Nikko Maru
disembarked at Brisbane

Residence before enlistment Dubbo, Gilgandra, Sydney, Barmedman

Occupation 1910 fireman, 1913 navvy, farm labourer, 1914 engine driver (stationary)

service number 186
enlisted 30.08.1914
POE Kensington, NSW
unit 3rd Battalion
rank Private
place Gallipoli, 1915
casualties Injured 1915
final fate RTA 17.03.1916
discharged 28.08.1916 MU

Naturalisation 1914

Residence after the war Sydney


Digitised naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Blog article



Newspaper articles

A letter from the front. - The Dubbo Liberal and Macquarie Advocate, 2 March 1915, p. 2

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

Another political escapee documented in the archives was Nicholas Sindeeff, who was a fireman but came from a well-off family (his father spoke perfect English and was employed at the Imperial Bank). When living in St Petersburg, Nicholas 'was ordered to leave by the police owing to his having taken prominent part in the political meetings'. Travelling via Dairen and Nagasaki, he reached Australia in 1910 and worked here as an engine-driver before joining up in 1914.

[...] The very first contingent [...] -- this First Fleet of the new Australian nationhood -- left Australian waters in early November 1914 with at least 12 Russians: the Finns Baer and Hiltunen, the ethnic Russians Arn, Kamishansky, Sast and Sindeeff, the Polish-born Markowicz and Watson, the Jews Zander and Levene, and the Russian-born Englishmen Ball and Dyson.