Paul Ephraim Zundolovich

Paul Ephraim Zundolovich
Tom Linane, From Abel to Zundolovich

Alias Ephrem; Zundolovitch; Father Paul

Russian spelling

Павел Ефремович Зyнделович

Born 15.05.1865

Place Maished (Mosedis), Telshiai, Kaunas, Lithuania

Ethnic origin Jewish

Religion Roman Catholic

Residence before arrival at Australia Received theological education in the Propaganda College in Rome

Arrived at Australia
from Europe
on 1892
per Austral
disembarked at Sydney

Residence before enlistment 1893 Broken Hill, 1895 Wentworth, 1898 Wilcannia and White Cliffs, 1908 trip to Europe, 1909 Bourke, 1913 Wilcannia, 1915 Hay, NSW

Occupation Roman Catholic priest

enlisted 1.12.1916
rank Chaplain Captain
place trip on military transports to England and back, 1916-1917
final fate RTA 17.03.1917
discharged 15.05.1917

Naturalisation 1898, NSW

Residence after the war Moama, NSW

Died 7.05.1935, Moama, NSW


Naturalisation certificate 1898 (State Archives of NSW)

Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)


Fr. Tom Linane, From Abel to Zundolovich, vol. 1. Vol.1-2, Armadale, Vic., [1979]

Steve Murphy, 'Lithuanian ANZACs: Research Continues', Lithuanian Papers, vol. 27, 2013, pp. 10-13.

Blog article



Newspaper articles

What may happen to a Russian priest. - Southern Cross, Adelaide, 21 May 1897, p. 7.

Personal gossip. - Critic, Adelaide, 5 February 1898, p. 9.

Father Zundolovich welcomed home to Wilcannia. - Freeman's Journal, Sydney, 1 April 1909, p. 21.

A popular priest. - Southern Cross, Adelaide, 2 July 1909, p. 11.

White Cliffs. Presentation to father Paul Zundolovich. - Catholic Press, Sydney, 8 July 1909, p. 19.

Personal [entry 7]. - Barrier Miner, Broken Hill, 17 March 1915, p. 2.

P. Zundolovich. Zhemeesel. - Riverine Grazier, Hay, 8 June 1915, p. 4.

The Father Paul testimonial. - Western Grazier, Wilcannia, 12 August 1916, p. 2.

Departure of Rev. Father Zundulovich. - Riverine Grazier, Hay, 13 October 1916, p. 2.

Moama's new priest. Father Zundulovich relates his experiences. - Riverine Herald, Echuca, 8 June 1917, p. 2.

Moama's tribute to clergyman. - Riverine Herald, Echuca, 8 March 1927, p. 2.

The land of wool and waterway [pp.3-4]. - Advocate, Melbourne, 28 July 1927, p. 15.

Baptised new bishop. - Barrier Miner Broken Hill, 21 September 1931, p. 3.

Father Paul dead. - Barrier Miner Broken Hill, 7 May 1935, p. 2.

Obituary. Note cleric passes. - Riverine Herald, Echuca, 8 May 1935, p. 2.

Funeral of Father Paul Zundolovich. - Riverine Herald, Echuca, 10 May 1935, p. 3.

Death of Father Zundolovich. - Catholic Press, Sydney, 16 May 1935, p. 17, portr.

"Father Paul". - Advocate, Melbourne, 16 May 1935, p. 7.

Death of Fr. Paul Zundolovich. - Advocate, Melbourne, 16 May 1935, p. 15.

The late Rev. Father Paul Zundolovich. - Catholic Freeman's Journal, Sydney, 6 June 1935, p. 26.

'Faith and river red gums live on in Moama's new church'. - Catholic Weekly, 11 October 1999.

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

Another outback story, but with a twist, was that of Father Paul Ephraim Zundolovich, a Roman Catholic priest whose name and birthplace (near Telshiai, now Lithuania) strongly suggest his origin was Jewish. He came to Australia late in the 19th century and travelled on horseback through remote outback areas, preaching among pioneers and Aborigines, carrying with him a suitcase which has ended up on display in Moama parish church, in the Riverina, where ultimately he spent 19 years as parish priest. The case 'contained a small portable altar, a chalice which screwed into a leather case, cruets, and ciborium'. An iron poker also in the case was 'an implement' believed to have been 'used to stoke camp fires when he was on the road'. During the war he accompanied Australian troops to England as a chaplain.