Victorian Naval Forces Manuals, Diaries, Notebooks etc.

Index
Crew Details Diaries Lists & Regulations Vic. Navy Manuals
 
Nordenfelt Manuals Notebooks Miscellaneous  

Manuals

Turret Drill Manual 1878-85 17
- HMVS Cerberus 3


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Download Turret Drill Manual. 1.7 mb
photocopy of
only known copy.
General Manual 1886
(gunnery tables only)
- Victorian Naval Forces
18

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Download 1886 Manual. 2.6 mb
courtesy of the Mitchell Library,
State Library of NSW
General Manual 1887
- Victorian Naval Forces
1


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Download 1887 Manual. 12 mb
courtesy of the State
Library of Victoria
General Manual 1890
- Victorian Naval Forces
6


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Download 1890 Manual. 15 mb
courtesy of the Museum
of HMAS Cerberus
General Manual
(updates only) circa 1895
- Victorian Naval Forces
6

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Download 1890 Manual. 38 mb
courtesy of
Melbourne University
Whitehead Torpedo Manual 1889
- Victorian Naval Forces
4
(Electrical & Torpedo Manual.)

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Download Whitehead Torpedo Manual. 2 mb
Only known copy. Owned by
Friends of the Cerberus.
Torpedo Instructions & Electric
Lighting Manual c. 1894
- Victorian Naval Forces
22

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Also available as a hard copy.

Download 1894 Whitehead Torpedo Manual. 28 mb
Only known copy.
Donated by Wendy Ratawa.
 

Lists & Regulations

Revised Regulations
- Victorian Naval Forces 1893
1
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Download Revised Regulations. 1.7 mb
courtesy of the State
Library of Victoria
Revised Regulations
- Victorian Naval Forces 1901
1
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Download Revised Regulations. 3.3 mb
courtesy of the State
Library of Victoria
Victorian Defence Forces List 1889 15


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Download 1890 Defence Forces List. 17.7 mb
courtesy of the
Geelong Maritime Museum
Victorian Defence Forces List 1890 2


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Download 1890 Defence Forces List. 2.6 mb
courtesy of the Museum of
HMAS Cerberus

Notebooks

Notebook of Fleet Engineer James Breaks (Victorian Naval Forces) 5 Click to download. 39 mb downloaded times

Notebook of Captain A. B. Thomas (Victorian Naval Forces) 5 Click to download. 22 mb downloaded times


Diaries

Delivery Voyage

Diary (Delivery Voyage) of James Breaks, (excerpts) 19

Click to download. 2.74 mb downloaded times

Diary (Delivery Voyage) of unknown crewmember 20

Click to download. 11.2 mb downloaded times

General

Journal of James Bryant Conder, typed, (Victorian Navy excerpts) 14

Click to download. 26.7 mb downloaded times

China

Diary (in China) of William Thomas Bertotto (Victorian Naval Brigade) 8

Click to download. 7 mb downloaded times

Diary, typed, (in China) of Arthur James Livingstone (Victorian Naval Brigade) 12

Click to download. 39 mb downloaded times

Diary (in China) of William George Robertson (Victorian Navy) Part 1 9

Click to download. 14 mb downloaded times

Diary (in China) of William George Robertson (Victorian Navy) Part 2 9

Click to download. 7.5 mb downloaded times

Diary (in China) of John White (Victorian Navy) 16 (John White's Marching Kit)

Click to download. 11 mb downloaded times


Crew Details

Victorian Navy Certificates of Service
1884 - 1905.
10 Click to download. 109 mb
Victorian Naval Forces Enrolment Sheets. 11 Click to download. 101 mb Victorian Naval Reserve Register
for Some Non-Europeans.
13 Click to download. 51 mb
Click to download. 109 mb

Copied & reproduced courtesy of the National Archives of Australia

This is a very large pdf file of 109 mb and takes 13 minutes to download with a 1.5 mbps internet connection.

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Sample Certificate of Service 233 kb
Click to download. 101 mb

Copied & reproduced courtesy of the National Archives of Australia

This is a very large pdf file of 101 mb and takes 12 minutes to download with a 1.5 mbps internet connection.

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Sample Enrolment Sheet 411 kb
Click to download. 55 mb

Copied & reproduced courtesy of the National Archives of Australia

This is a very large pdf file of 55 mb and takes 7 minutes to download with a 1.5 mbps internet connection.

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Non-Europeans in the Victorian Navy webpage



Miscellaneous


Interdependence of the Empire in regard to Naval Defence,
J. Biddlecombe, Lieut. Victorian Navy, 1897 Melbourne. 7 Click to download. 1.1 mb

Click to download. 1.1 mb

Copy courtesy of Internet Archive
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Defence of Trade Routes

- J. T. Richardson, Lieut. C.N.F., Acting Naval Commandant Queensland (ex V.N.), 20 August 1909. 21

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Book of Weights,
Engineering details of the ship.

Click to download. 9 mb


Click to download. 9 mb

Copy courtesy of Chris Ramsey
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On the Sea-Cell as a Possible Source of Danger in Torpedo Experiments.
Captain Henry Moors (Torpedo & Signal Corps)
Click to download. 4.7 mb


Click to download. 4.7 mb

Sonsored by the Victorian Regional Channels Authority.



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Enquiry into the Torpedo Accident in 1881
Typed facsimile of the original Report.
Click to download. 1.1 mb downloaded times.



Nordenfelt Manuals

Digitised by the State Library of Victoria


Nordenfelt 2 Barrel one inch Machine Gun

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Digitised by the State Library of Victoria


Nordenfelt 4 Barrel one inch Machine Gun

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Download Manual. 9.79 mb

Digitised by the State Library of Victoria


Nordenfelt 6 pounder Quick Firing Gun

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Download Manual. 10.93 mb

Digitised by the State Library of Victoria

1 Scanned from the copy held by the State Library of Victoria.
2 Scanned from the copy held by the Museum of HMAS Cerberus.
3 Photocopy donated by John Buncle. (grandson of Christopher Thomas Jones, Victorian Naval Brigade.)
4 Purchase sponsored by Patrick O'Sullivan, Brian Russell, Jacqui Nicholson, David Joy & Richard Sartore.
5 Scanned from copies held by Bob Nicholls. (Bob cannot recall the source of the notebooks. He would like to be reminded & apologises for not crediting his source.)
6 From updates in the copy of the 1890 manual held by Melbourne University Library compared to the original 1890 manual held by the Museum of HMAS Cerberus.
7 Copy obtained from the Internet Archive.
8 Courtesy of Shirley Joy & Dennis Bertotto.
9 Courtesy of the Sea Power Centre.
10 Reproduced courtesy of the National Archives of Australia: Series B5537, Volume 1.
11 Reproduced courtesy of the National Archives of Australia: Series B5520, Volume 1.
12 Courtesy of Ken Booth.
13 Reproduced courtesy of the National Archives of Australia: Series B5493.
14 Reproduced courtesy of the Betty Cromb & typed by Cherylle Thurling.
15 Scanned from the copy held by the Geelong Maritime Museum.
16 Reproduced courtesy of the State Library of Victoria, Heritage Collection.
17 The date of 1878 is based on Captain Panter's statement in his letter of resignation "Nor can he (Lieut. Tandy) have learnt the drill by reading, for there are no books in which it is laid down." The Argus, 4 August 1877. The first Manual for Victorian Naval Forces was printed in 1886.
18 Scanned from the copy held by the Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW.
19 Courtesy of Peter Frame and Peter Williams.
20 This document is a copy of one held by the State Library of Victoria.
21 Australian Maritime Issues 2009. Papers in Australian Maritime Affairs No 32.
22 Donated by Wendy Ratawa, Grand-daughter of Charles Lay (Victorian Navy).




Printing Victorian Naval Forces Manuals etc.

The Victorian Naval Forces Manuals can be printed on A4 paper. They were however originally printed as pocket size manuals. The General Manual was printed with every second page blank to allow the owner to write notes. The master of our copy ¹ of the General Manual had hand written notes within the first 40 pages. We have not reproduced blank pages after this.

The General Manual - 1887, & the Whitehead Manual print well on A6 size paper.
Although the General Manual - 1890 prints well onto A5 paper it is not suitable for binding as there are 2 consecutive pages to a sheet. A4 paper can be cut in four (A6 size) by most print shops. The Turret Drill Manual requires paper 8.5 inches x 4.25 inches or 16 cms x 10.5 cms.


On 16 October 1886 The Argus newspaper announced that a new manual had just been issued for the Victorian Naval Forces. It was stated that the manual had 300 pages and described gun drills etc.

"The new manual for 1886 for the Victorian Naval Force has just been issued. There are nearly 300 pages of information, embracing a full description of all the guns used in the service, and the detail of drill tor them, an account of the manufacture of projectiles, stations for fire, and torpedo attacks, and the duties of the different members at quarters, and in action. Several pages are devoted to gunnery and range tables, and the whole concludes with full directions for navigating the ships inside Port Phillip." Argus, 16 October 1886.

We are aware of the following editions of this manual:-

It goes without saying that we would love to hear of the existence of other Victorian Naval Forces Manuals, notebooks or diaries. With the owner's permission we would also like to make any newly discovered manuals widely available.