William AH SEE #113

Indigenous Australian, William AH SEE, 41st Infantry Battalion

William AH SEE (aka Ahsee) was born in Taroom, to Tom Ah See and Maggy Dunn. Maggy Dunn later resided at the Deebing Creek Aboriginal Mission, Ipswich. William was a carpenter working on Morella Station, via Roleston when he enlisted age 24, in November 1915, his wife Evelyn was residing in Stewart Street, Paddington, Brisbane.

William trained at Bell’s Paddock, Enoggera Army Camp, outside Brisbane before proceeding overseas with ‘A’ Company 41st Infantry Battalion, 20 June 1916 on board HMAT Demosthenes. He served with his unit in France, however he was hospitalised several times with bronchial asthma. William was evacuated to England and after treatment sent to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth to convalesce. Unfortunately his condition did not improve enough to continue on active service, and was reclassified medically unfit.

He returned to Australia on a New Zealand hospital ship, for discharge in September 1917.

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Thanks so much for this website.This is my grandfather who remarried in 1925 and moved to Toowoomba. He built 3 houses for his children,trained racehorses and was a great,caring man.I do indigenous art and I am doing an exhibition in honour of his mother,Maggie Dunn in Goombungee. I loved him so much.Susan Cook.Gold Coast

Hi Susan, Did you get back to Taroom to view Ah See Lagoon? and have you found further Family, from either marriage?Would be nice to put into our Taroom History - Taroom Museum.How did your exhibition go?I emailed and rang from our emails in 2017, but told wrong number and emails bounced back. GLENYS SHEARER TAROOM

He was my Grandfather-a wonderful man.Did anyone else know him?

I know some of your relatives here in Cairns. Maggie Dunn had a daughter named Nellie who was born in 1900. She lived in the Gordonvale area.

Hi Pauline, Nellie Asaki (born Nellie Ah See) was my Great Grandmother. Do you know much about her? I’m looking into my family history and am seeking any information on her.

Hi Megan, I think I know you :) Are you Susan's William's daughter? If so your Mum told me quite a bit about her family history hence the reason for my research :) Regards Pauline

Megan From what I can ascertain, your mother's father was William Asaki, his mother was Nellie Asaki, her mother was Maggie Dunn

Thanks Pauline! Your name looked familiar and if I see your face I would remember you from my visit to Cairns. Have located that information already through some research. I am trying to locate a photo of Nellie Asaki and more information on her (she had a fish and chips shop in Gordonvale) And it’s proving quite difficult!
Kind regards

Hi Glenys,will send email.Susan CookSusankcook@icloud.com0406760183

Hi Susan, this article says William’s Dad was Tom Ah See. I’ve noticed a lot of documents refer to him as Ah See (even on his marriage certificate to Maggy Dunn) but then other sources call him John Ah See. Can you confirm his name?
Kind Regards