Sunday, December 4, 2016

Frank Stewart

Serial Number and Rank:  Unknown, Private 
Birth:  1894 Wallaga Lake 
Parents:  Christy Stewart & Emily Jane Gagoo Walker (both parents Aboriginal)
Enlisted:  Milton 16th November 1916, aged 37 or 40 (Ages conflict with other research) 
Service:  5th and/or 8th Pioneer Battalion. RTA 2 June 1919. 
Marriage:  1919 Vera Whitty St Michaels Wollongong. Vera later married Robert Joseph Golden Brown
Honour Rolls:  St Peters & Paul Church of England and Batemans Bay Town War memorial 
Newspaper Report: Moruya Examiner, 23 Aug 1919

On Friday night last Pte. Frank Stewart was the recipient of the usual Shire address and a presentation from the Bay to honor him as a returned Australian soldier. The occassion was rather unique, in as much as the ceremony took place during the interval of a picture show. To this entertainment about 50 of Private Stewart’s friends and relatives from the Aboriginal Reserve had been invited. The presentation was made by Mr D F Mackay and was received by much acclamation and to the accompaniment of the indispesable leaf strains of music from the darkies (sic).

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