Albert Michael Tober

Alias Enlisted as Michael Tober, reenlisted as Albert Michael Tober; surname could be Toberoff according to family memoirs

Russian spelling

Михаил Альбертович Тобер

Born 17.03.1890

Place Volyn, Ukraine

Ethnic origin Russian / German?

Religion 1915 Russian Orthodox, 1917 Church of England

Father Albert Tober

Mother Martha Tober (née Stron)


wife Lily Teresa Tober (née Lawler), married 1917; sons Albert aka Jim, b.1920, Patrick James b.1921, daughters Mary Joan b. 1923 and Olga

Arrived at Australia
from Hamburg
on 26.05.1913
per Goslar
disembarked at Sydney

Residence before enlistment Adelaide, Melbourne

Occupation seaman, 1915 blacksmith, 1917 motor driver and mechanic, 1949 carpenter

Service 1
service number 2226
enlisted 27.02.1915
POE Keswick, SA
unit 10th Battalion
rank Private
place Gallipoli, 1915
final fate RTA 11.03.1916
discharged 4.07.1916 MU

Service 2 (Depot)
enlisted 24.01.1917
POE Melbourne
unit engineers reinforcements
rank Private
discharged 22.08.1917 MU

Naturalisation 1929

Residence after the war 1921 Yalwal, NSW, 1926 Canberra, Captains Flat, 1928 Cecil Park via Liverpool, 1939 Sydney, 1949 Canberra, 1956 Albury

Died 07.1960 Sydney


Naturalisation (NAA) (Albert Michael Tober)

Application for naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Amy payfile (NAA)

Personal case file 1 2 3 4 (NAA)

Digitised Investigation Branch file (NAA)

TOBER, Albert Michael In: A Land Fit for Heroes? A History of Soldier Settlement in New South Wales, 1916-1939

Family tree on

Blog article



Newspaper articles

Official correspondence. - Queanbeyan-Canberra Advocate, 26 February 1925, p. 2.

At the police court. - Queanbeyan Age and Queanbeyan Observer, 22 September 1925, p. 3.

"Had a feast". Car collides with pole. - Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate, Parramatta, 13 January 1930, p. 1.

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

Albert Michael Tober [...], a former seaman invalided back to Australia after Gallipoli, [...] married in 1917 and had four children; even so, from time to time he would wander off, working on various construction projects. According to his granddaughter Janice: 'He was versatile and worked at engineering (at the Wyangala Dam project), carpentry (cedar panelling at Parliament House, Canberra) and farming (innovative heated market-garden for early tomatoes) amongst other things'. Her grandfather, she added, was 'a man who could put up a tent, do anything, and could do very good cooking. Dad spent a lot of time with his father -- his mother and father sort of separated; pop went his way, a tent in the bush, you know, and he took dad with him, and dad was 14 or 15. And dad learnt a lot of the ways of grandfather.'