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|Name:||Abbott, Charles Lydiard Aubrey|
|Service Number:||184 / 419|
|Place of Birth:||North Sydney (N.S.W.)|
|Next of Kin:||T. K. Abbott - Mother ; Murrulla Station, Wingen (N.S.W.)|
|Biographical notes:||C.L.A. Abbott was born on 4 May 1886 in North Sydney, the son of Thomas Kingswell Abbott and May, nee Lydiard. His father was the chief stipendiary magistrate in Sydney. He boarded at The King's School, Parramatta, which he left at the age of 14 and worked as a jackeroo and stockman at Gunnedah, Mitchell and Roma. Was later employed as a canecutter at Mackay prior to joining the New South Wales Police Force as a Mounted Constable. In 1914 he enlisted in the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force which captured German New Guinea. He later served in the 12th Light Horse Regiment at Gallipoli where he was promoted from Corporal to Lieutenant. He was wounded in Sinai and served in Palestine and Syria and was mentioned in dispatches. Leaving the army with the rank of Major in 1920, Abbott purchased a property at Kootingal, near Tamworth and became active in the Graziers' Association of New South Wales. Served in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly as the Member for Gwydir between1925 and 1937. As Minister for Home Affairs between 1926 and 1928, he was responsible for the Northern Territory. Abbott resigned his seat in the house to accept an appointment as Administrator of the Northern Territory in 1937 and organised the evacuation of the civil administration to Alice Springs following the bombing of Darwin by the Japanese in February 1942.|
|Date of Enlistment:||11-Aug-1914|
|Age at Enlistment:||27|
|Place of Enlistment:||Sydney (N.S.W.)|
|Unit:||12th Light Horse Regiment, 7th Light Horse Regiment|
|Service:||Australian Imperial Force|
|Date of Death:||1975-04-30|
|Place of Death:||Darling Point (N.S.W.)|
|Place of Burial:||South Head Cemetery (N.S.W.)|
|Service History:||Embarked from Sydney on HMAT A29 'Suevic' 13 June 1915. Transferred from the 12th Light Horse to the 7th Light Horse 29 August 1915 and back to the 12th on 21 January 1916. Returned to Australia via Egypt on HT 'Morvada' 20 July 1919.|
|Related link:||Embarkation Roll|
Australia's frontier province by C.L.A. Abbott. Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1950.
The history of the 7th Light Horse Regiment A.I.F. by D. Richardson. Sydney : Radcliffe Press, 1919.
NT Place Names Register : Abbott Cresent
Journeys of a Light Horseman by Andrew Shepherdson. Newtown, Tas. : A. Shepherdson, c2002.
Northern Territory Dictionary of Biography compiled by David Carment. Rev. ed. ed. Darwin : Charles Darwin University Press, 2008.
Australia. Army. Australian and New Zealand Army Corps -- History
World War, 1914-1918 -- Northern Territory
|Appears in Collections:||Returned ANZACs|
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