Breach of the War Precautions Act in Australia: Napoleon Klarstrom

Napoleon Victorinus Klarstrom was my great-grandmother’s older brother.  I don’t know a whole lot about him.  He was one of 10 children of Carl Magnus Klarstrom and Christina Elisabeth Bennberg.  I posted a bit about him here and here.

I knew from an old letter written by Napoleon’s sister Olga, that Napoleon was a sailor that ended up in Australia – raising goats and sheep apparently.  He was never heard from again though and no one knew what happened to him.  I haven’t found him in any immigration records yet, but I was pleasantly surprised to actually find some proof of the link to Australia.

This was written in the New South Wales Police Gazette, dated 28 Jan 1920 – found on

It reads:

Breaches of the War Precautions Act and Regulations of 1914-1919

Binnaway. – Description of alien, Napoleon Victorinus Klarstrom, who left Hawthorne, Binnaway, about the 12th of November, 1919, and has since failed to give notice of change of abode, – About 40 years of age, 5 feet 8 inches high, medium build, fair complexion and hair, clean shaved, grey eyes, tattoo marks – palm tree on left forearm and girl on right forearm; walks with a limp in left leg; speaks with a foreign accent; a Swede; a labourer. Report if traced. Holds certificate No. 1, issued at Wallendbeen.



I really LOVE this find!  It gives such a great description of him.  A palm tree and a girl on his forearms, a limp, a foreign accent.  I can totally see him as a sailor.

The reason for the article is more confusing to me though.  I know that the War Precautions Act had something to do with aliens registering where they lived (during WWI in Australia).  I don’t know if this means that he got in trouble with the law and had to register, or he simply had to register because he wasn’t Australian.  Any ideas?  World War I ended in 1918 and this was written in 1920.  Any idea why he was still expected to register?

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