Stories

H.B. Dunn – Kangaroo

The son of Thomas Dunn of Molong, Herbert Bertie Dunn was a labourer and 22 years of age when he enlisted (#1640) with the Kangaroos at Goulburn  and with so many other Kangaroos embarked on the Ceramic in April of 1916. Herbert suffered illnesses in Port Said and was twice hospitalised. From Tel-el-Kebir Herbert Dunn as […]

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T. P. Scallon – Kangaroo

A 38 year old Irishman from Wexford in Ireland, Thomas Patrick Scallon, a tattooed stoker, joined the Kangaroos and enlisted at Goulburn.  He gave Binalong as his address at the time of enlistment (#1741). He joined the 55th Battalion and with many other Kangaroos sailed on the Ceramic and saw service in Egypt and the […]

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F.E. Seiffert – Kangaroo

Goulburn born Frederick Ernest Seiffert, whose profession was a gardener, was a married man with three children when he enlisted at Goulburn (#1746).   He had married Sarah Jane Walker in 1901 at Goulburn.   He gave his age on enlistment as 39, however on his discharge papers in 1917 was written the note ‘40 but really […]

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H. P. Gill – Kangaroo

Harold Percy Gill was born at Book Book near Wagga Wagga, but in the two years before he enlisted he had lost both his parents, English immigrants, Ruth and John Gill.  He was a 29 years old single farmer when he signed his AIF Attestation Paper on 30th November, 1915, the day before the Kangaroo […]

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The Schwind Brothers – Kangaroos

Four Schwind brothers enlisted and served overseas.   Two of the brothers were Kangaroos, Francis and Bert. Francis was working as a farmer at Wagga Wagga and joined the March (#1739). Bert (#1738) was living and working in Goulburn as a plumber and enlisted there after the March on 8th January 1916. The brothers were sons […]

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C.F. Burn – Kangaroo

Charles Francis Burn, an 18 year old orphaned hairdresser of Queanbeyan joined the March and enlisted in November 1915 at Goulburn (#1616).   Charles, born in 1897, lost his mother Margaret (nee Buckley) in 1905 and his father Charles in 1914. His older sister Mary Fowler acted as his guardian and was named as next of […]

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The Fitzgerald Brothers – Kangaroos

Charles William (b.1893) and Edward Lawrence (b.1896) were sons of John Fitzgerald (a herdsman on Wagga Wagga Common) and Harriet, nee Spiller.  A family of Gurwood, Wagga Wagga.   Both brothers took up trades in the building industry, Charles as a carpenter and Edward as an apprentice bricklayer and were employed by Charles Hardy & Co. […]

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W.A. Flynn – Kangaroo

William Augustine Flynn was born in 1890 in Jugiong a village in Harden Shire, to Joseph and Rose Flynn. Joseph was living at Washpool, part of the then Cunningham Plains Station. Young William attended Jugiong Public School. His family’s religious persuasion was Roman Catholic. This dark haired, short, thickset young labourer heeded the call in […]

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C.S. Bingley – Kangaroo

One of eleven children born to Thomas and Victoria Bingley, all of whom were born and raised in the farming Riverina area of Woodfield (now Amungula) near Queanbeyan, Charles Stanley (Stan) left the farming heritage behind and took up teaching.   Charles’s grandfather William was a Yorkshireman who, with wife Esther MacDonald from Edinburgh, had settled […]

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F. Hundt – Kangaroo

Frank Hundt, the Public School teacher at Jerrawa, was a married man aged 39 when the Kangaroos came to his town. Several Kangaroos had some form of military training, and Frank Hundt was a certificated cadet instructor. As Sherry Morris wrote in The Kangaroo March, ‘The Kangaroos’ farewell from Yass on 17 December had been […]

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