Charles Henry KARIUS

KARIUS, Charles Henry

Service Numbers: 30310, 39310
Enlisted: 20 July 1917, Rockhampton, Queensland
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 11th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: At Sea (en route to Australia), 14 December 1892
Home Town: Rockhampton, Rockhampton, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Bookkeeper
Died: Malaria, Sydney, New South Wales, 2 September 1940, aged 47 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
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World War 1 Service

20 Jul 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 30310, Rockhampton, Queensland
30 Apr 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 30310, Field Artillery Brigades, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
30 Apr 1918: Embarked AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 30310, Field Artillery Brigades, SS Port Darwin, Sydney
1 Jul 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 39310, 11th Field Artillery Brigade

Service in the Territory of Papua in the 1920s

Charles Henry Karius (1893 to 02 Sep 1940) was an Australian Assistant Resident Magistrate (Kiap) in Australian administered Papua who notably traversed the widest part of the island.

During his service in the Territory of Papua in the 1920s he made many photographs of the country and its people when on patrol, which he later published in book form ("Papua New Guinea patrols in 1923 and 1924").

After an unsuccessful first attempt in 1926, he succeeded in 1927–28 with second-in-command Ivan Champion and a party of 36 porters and 12 local policemen to traverse Papua from the south coast to the north across the widest part of the country. The journey involved following the course of the Fly River from its mouth on the south coast northwards to its source, trekking through the central highlands to the source of the Sepik River, and then following the course of that river eastward to the north coast. He afterwards published an account of the journey in a book ("Across New Guinea from the Fly to the Sepik") and was awarded the 1929 Royal Geographical Society's Patron's Gold Medal.

He died of malaria in Sydney, NSW, when on sick leave.

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan, courtesy of Wikipedia.

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Born onboard ship on way to Australia with Italian parents, imigrating to Australia.

Father, C Karius, 'Malhalla', Clanville Road, Roseville, New South Wales
Mother Sophia Karius

Prior to enlisting Charles lived at the Royal Hotel, Rockhampton, Queensland.

Described on enlisting in WWI as 25yrs 7mths old; single; 5' 7" tall; 134lbs;
bronze complexion; grey eyes; fair hair; Presbyterian

20/7/1917     enlisted at Rockhampton, Queensland.

3/8/1917       transport section

4/2/1918       artillery

30/4/1918     embarked from Sydney, NSW, on board SS Port Darwin
                    as a Gunner in Field Artillery Brigade, Reinforcement 34
7/6/1918       disembarked into Suez, Egypt
3/7/1918       transferred to Alexandria, embarked overseas
16/7/1918     disembarked into Southampton, England

4/10/1918     proceeded overseas to France, via Dover

8/10/1918     marched out to 4th division Artillery, Rouelles, France
                    taken on strength into 4th DAC

12/10/1918    Artillery Reserve Brigade

2/11/1918     Gunner taken on strength into 11th Field Artillery Brigade

28/2/1919     Gunner marched out to Sutton Veny, for early repatriation

23/3/1919     returned to Australia as Gunner in 11th Field Artillery Brigade
                    onboard HT Cluny Castle, ex England
31/3/1919     admitted to ships hospital, at sea
23/5/1919     disembarked into Port Adelaide, South Australia

21/5/1919     evacuated to base hospital, Adelaide, SA

1/7/1919       discharged from service in Sydney, NSW

Medals:          British War medal (81566) and Victory medal (77130)


1920-1924    served in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea

2/9/1940       died of Malaria in Sydney, NSW whilst on leave

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  6/5/2016.  Lest we forget.