Peter Jurgenson

Russian spelling

Петр Гансович Юргенсон

Born 20.05.1887

Place Käina, Dago (Hiiumaa), Estonia

Ethnic origin Estonian; naturalised as 'Russian Finn'

Religion Lutheran (Russian records from the family); Church of England or Methodist (WWI service records)

Father Hans Jurgenson

Mother Lena


Wife Isabella Florence Jurgenson (née Sim), married 1923, son Harold Edward Jurgenson b.1925

Arrived at Australia
from Hamburg, Germany
on 30.12.1911
per Niumnstes
disembarked at Fremantle, WA (deserted the ship)

Residence before enlistment Wokalup, WA,

Occupation 1914 farmer, 1915 sailor, after the war: farmer, carpenter and builder

service number 1300
enlisted 14.07.1915
POE Perth
unit 32nd Battalion
rank Private
place Western Front, 1916
casualties WIA 1916
final fate RTA 9.09.1916
discharged 23.01.1917 MU

Naturalisation 1914

Residence after the war Wokalup, WA, 1941 Harvey, 1952 Busselton WA

Died 14.06.1974, Sussex, Western Australia


Naturalisation (NAA) (Jurgensen)

Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Investigation branch file (NAA)

Blog article



Newspaper articles

Wokalup. - The Bunbury Herald and Blackwood Express, 24 September 1920, p. 6

Wokalup hall. - The Bunbury Herald and Blackwood Express, 7 December 1920, p. 1

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

The Estonian Peter Jurgenson, a former seaman, ended up unfit for service with injuries to his left eye after being blown up at the battle for Sugar-loaf salient and rendered 'unconscious till he found himself in hospital'. On returning to Australia, he went back where he had started farming before the war, at Wokalup. 'He never got a pension', his son relates, 'he applied for one and they mucked around so much that he told them to stick it! ... Married in 1923, built a cottage at Wokalup and started farming. Milked cows, had pigs, then had a poultry farm. As well, he did building -- many houses are still around to this day.'