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Medals for the Victorian Naval Forces

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Victorian Humane Society Award Volunteer Officer's Decoration Victoria Volunteer
Long & Efficient Service Medal

Three Long Service Medals.

As the qualifying period for long service medals was fifteen years (twelve for the RNR medal), anyone qualifying for a long service medal within that number of years after federation, must have served some time in the colonial navy. There are therefore three relevant long service medals to members of the Victorian Naval Forces.

  1. The Victoria Volunteer Long and Efficient Service Medal (VVLESM)
  2. the British Medal to Australian Navy Long Service & Good Conduct Medal (LSGC Medal)
  3. and the Royal Naval Reserve Long Service Medal (RNR Medal).

Two presentations of the Victoria Volunteer Long & Efficient Service Medal were made to members of the Naval Forces in 1884 and 1899. There were three presentations of the post Federation British Medal to Australian Navy, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal in 1903, 1907 and 1913 and one presentation of the Royal Naval Reserve Long Service Medal in 1912. Individuals were also presented with medals on different occasions.

All three medals are covered below up to 1914.

1 - Victoria Volunteer Long & Efficient Service Medal (VVLESM).
(Issued 1881-1901)

"Victoria was the only Colony and State in Australia to provide a Long Service Medal of "strictly local content". All other states had medals mostly identical to the British issue, but with State names on the reverse. These medals were stuck by the Royal Mint in London. In fact NSW did not issue long service medals to its naval forces until 191215. The Victorian medal, with its other differences, was struck in Melbourne by Thomas Stokes.

In 1871 the issue of a Long Service Medal was considered for ten years* effective service, but it was not until 1875 that design and die costs of £150 were presented from England. This price being considered outrageous, samples of the then issued British Long Service Medals were presented to Messrs Stokes and Martin of Melbourne in 1880, who proceded with the design and and die work at a cost of only £25, a considerable difference from the London quotation."1

As royal sanction had not been obtained in time for the presenting of the first batch of medals in 1881, the Govenor relactantly declined to present the medals. To quote David Matthews8 "the first recipients were wearing the medal before Queen Victoria had given her approval for its award, an unusual and daring act in those days." Perhaps this was an indication of the young colony's growing self confidence.

* The original intention of awarding the medal for ten years service changed as, when introduced, the medal was awarded for 15 years of service.


VVLESM Medals Issued to Members of the Victorian Naval Forces. (61 known recipients)

Two types of the Victorian medal were issued with different mottos:-

While some of the type II medals were issued after 1901, gradually the British Medal to Australian Navy replaced the Victorian medal. Obviously those qualifying up to 1915 must have served some time in the Victorian Navy and so the Australian medal is also covered below.

Type I Medal

Stephen Newing's Medal. Click for enlarged view of Stephen's medal.

Stephen Newing's medal, with yellow (originally white)
center stripe Victorian Ribbon, courtesy of Alec Newing.


 

Type II Medal

Type II Medal. Click to enlarge.


(Click above images for enlarged view.)


Edge detail of Stephen Newing's medal.

Edge detail of Stephen Newing's medal. STEPHEN NEWING -1884



2 - British Medal to Australian Navy, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal
(LSGC Medal)

(Issued from 1901)

British Medal to Australian Navy.

Henry Coster's Medal
Edward VII in Admiral's uniform on obverse
HMS Victory on reverse with words "For Long Service Medal and Good Conduct".

photo courtesy of Rhonda Haines
Click image to enlarge.



3 - Royal Naval Reserve Long Service Medal
(RNR Medal)

(Issued from 1908)


George V in naval uniform on obverse
HMS Dreadnought on reverse with motto - Diuturne Fidelis (Faithful Over Time)

Image from Fitzwilliam Museum



Victorian Navy Recipients of the three Long Service Medals

VVLESM= Victoria Volunteer Long & Efficient Service Medal
LSGC = British Medal To Australian Navy, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal
RNR= Royal Naval Reserve Long Service Medal

(Click column heading to sort. Click again to reverse sort. Be Patient.)

First NameFamily NameVVLESM Medal Type & Issue DateLSGC Medal Issue DateRNR Medal Issue DateRankSource
GeorgeThompson 1913 1st Class Petty OfficerThe Age,7 April 1913
P. M.O'Connell 1913 Ship CorporalThe Argus, 5 August 1913
G.Stewart 1911 Chief StokerThe Age, 16 November 1911
G. J.Brown Not known. Painter 2nd Class
HMAS Cerberus on medal's edge
Frank Noonan
BenjaminMoore 1902 Able Seaman
Commonwealth Naval Forces
The Age, 8 December 1902
J. W.HoustonType I  Able Seaman
Victorian Naval Brigade
Held by 5th/6th Battalion,
Australian Army.
J.WilliamsType II  Able Seaman
Victorian Naval Brigade
Held by 5th/6th Battalion,
Australian Army.
George ThomasStoneType I medal with
suspender similar to type I.
 


1913 September
2nd Class Petty Officer


Chief Gunner
Naval Reserve
VVLESM for sale at
www.antik.net.au in June 2015

Williamstown Chronicle,
27 September 1913
 Stacey  1913 SeptemberGunner
Naval Reserve
Williamstown Chronicle,
27 September 1913
T.O'Connor  1913 SeptemberAble Seaman
Naval Reserve
Williamstown Chronicle,
27 September 1913
JosephPage 1914 June Petty Officer
Permanent Forces
Williamstown Chronicle,
20 June 1914
JohnDorgan 1913 April Chief Petty Officer
Permanent Forces
Williamstown Chronicle,
12 April 1913
FrancisMcDonaldType I medal with
Type II suspender
  Leading SeamanWilliams 1,7
Museum Victoria
D.MellorType I 1912 October 21Able Seaman
Pt Melb Naval Brigade
Williams 1
Williamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
JamesAllenType I  Corporal CarpenterWilliams 1
Charles Pierce CrittenType I  1st Class Petty OfficerWilliams 1
The Argus, 19 December 1903
John PeerlessMost likely Type II  Petty OfficerFlorence Pollitt 2
Henry Coster 1902 Ship's StewardRhonda Haines medal
Joseph David Beverley 1902 Ship's StewardJohn C. Beverley
Stephen Newing1884 Sept. 6. Type I  1st Class Petty OfficerAlec Newing medal
and The Argus, 1884 September 8
Alfred HenryVary 1907 April 1 Engineroom ArtificerThe Argus, 1907 April 1
James A.Lake 1907 April 1 1st Class Petty-officerThe Argus, 1907 April 1
G. Stewart 1907 April 1 Ship's CorporalThe Argus, 1907 April 1
D.Barry 1907 April 1 Leading SeamenThe Argus, 1907 April 1
Walter ThomasBassett 1907 April 1 Leading SeamenThe Argus, 1907 April 1
Robert (Henry)Farrington 1907 April 1 Leading SeamenThe Argus, 1907 April 1 & AWM
FrederickJackson 1907 April 1 Leading SeamenThe Argus, 1907 April 1
JohnTyrrell 1907 April 1 Able SeamenThe Argus, 1907 April 1
William A.Kennedy 1907 April 1 Able SeamenThe Argus, 1907 April 1
JohnO'Neill 1907 April 1 Able SeamenThe Argus, 1907 April 1
WilliamSweetman 1907 April 1 StokerThe Argus, 1907 April 1
Edward E.Griffiths 1907 April 1 Torpedo Artificer'sThe Argus, 1907 April 1
GeorgeKirby 1907 April 1 CookThe Argus, 1907 April 1
J.White 1907 April 1 StewardThe Argus, 1907 April 1
William Raymond1884 Sept. 6. Type I  2nd Class Petty Officer
Naval Reserve
Aust. War Memorial 3 medal
and The Argus, 1884 September 8
JamesBreaksType I  Fleet EngineerWilliams 1
NeilFletcherType I  Able Seaman
Naval Brigade
Williams 1
James JosephOvenden1884 Sept. 6. Type I  Petty OfficerDetails from Williamstown Historical
Society
courtesy of
Ian MacFarlane. medal
and The Argus, 1884 September 8
HoraceClaringbouldType I   The Argus, 1918 April 20
DennisBarry 1903 Chief Petty OfficerCorfield 4
Arthur HopeBury 1903 December 16 Leading SeamanCorfield 4
The Argus, 19 December 1903
William MorrisFreeman1884 Sept. 6. Type I1903 December 16 Ship's Cook
Stoker
The Argus, 1884 September 8
Corfield 4   Matthews 8
The Argus, 19 December 1903
JamesGabriel 1903 December 16 Able SeamanCorfield 4
The Argus, 19 December 1903
Thomas WilliamGoding 1903 December 16 1st Class Petty OfficerCorfield 4
The Argus, 19 December 1903
DonaldGrant 1902 SeamanCorfield 4
William Henry
John
Irons 1907 April 1 Able SeamenThe Argus, 1907 April 1
Corfield 4
Alfred FrederickJackson 1904 SeamanCorfield 4
OwenJones 1903 December 16 SeamanCorfield 4
The Argus, 19 December 1903
Angus BruceMcInnes 1903 December 16 Able SeamanCorfield 4
The Williamstown Chronicle,
19 December 1903
MalcolmMcKenzie 1903 December 16 SeamanThe Argus, 19 December 1903
DonaldMcLeod 1903 December 16 Chief Petty Officer
The Argus, 19 December 1903
Thomas ElliottMooney 1903 December 16 Chief Recruiting
Sergeant
Corfield 4
The Argus, 19 December 1903
William GeorgeMonteith 190310 P.O. 1st Class
Victorian Navy
Chaffey11
Corfield 4
NeilMorrison 
1907 April 1
 SeamanThe Argus, 1907 April 1
Edward SmithMutton 1903 December 16 SeamanCorfield 4
The Argus, 19 December 1903
WilliamParry 1903 StokerCorfield 4
Lars (Hjalmar)
Maximillian
Petterson 1903 December 16 Leading SeamanCorfield 4
The Argus, 19 December 1903
Launcelot ByrneSalmon 1902 Leading StokerCorfield 4
GeorgePrideaux 1902 ArmourerCorfield 4
Williamstown Chronicle,
19 December 1903
Patrick DanielShenn 1902 SeamanCorfield 4
GeorgeStewart 1904 SeamanCorfield 4
John HenryWhite 1905 StewardCorfield 4
Francis JohnYoung Date unknown. Able SeamanCorfield 4
EdwardO'Brien 1902 CarpenterCorfield 4
Joseph John
William
Frogley1884 Sept. 6. Type I  Chief BoatswainThe Argus, 1884 September 8
JohnNelson1884 Sept. 6. Type I  Chief CarpenterThe Argus, 1884 September 8
(James) HenryTubb1884 Sept. 6. Type I  GunnerThe Argus, 1884 September 8
J.Sansom1884 Sept. 6. Type I  Master-at-ArmsThe Argus, 1884 September 8
DenisMangan1884 Sept. 6. Type I  Chief Carpenter's MateThe Argus, 1884 September 8
G.Kennedy1884 Sept. 6. Type I  Chief QuartermasterThe Argus, 1884 September 8
M.Cary1884 Sept. 6. Type I  Chief Leading StokerThe Argus, 1884 September 8
TomSeabridge1884 Sept. 6. Type I  Gunner's MateThe Argus, 1884 September 8
MichaelNeville1884 Sept. 6. Type I  1st Class Petty OfficerThe Argus, 1884 September 8
GeorgeMorey1884 Sept. 6. Type I  1st Class Petty OfficerThe Argus, 1884 September 8
PhilipMoroneType 1  1st Class Petty OfficerFriends of the Cerberus.
medal
A.Dunlop1884 Sept. 6. Type I  1st Class Petty OfficerThe Argus, 1884 September 8
David PurdyMacLean1884 Sept. 6. Type I  SurgeonThe Argus, 1884 September 8
JamesFrazier1884 Sept. 6. Type I  Gunner
Naval Reserve
The Argus, 1884 September 8
JohnCockle1884 Sept. 6. Type I  InstructorThe Argus, 1884 September 8
T.Collins1884 Sept. 6. Type I  GunnerThe Argus, 1884 September 8
GeorgeRichardson1884 Sept. 6. Type I  1st Class Petty Officer
Naval Reserve Wmt.
The Argus, 1884 September 8
W.Horsley1884 Sept. 6. Type I  1st Class Petty OfficerThe Argus, 1884 September 8
RobertOwen1884 Sept. 6. Type I  2nd Class Petty OfficerThe Argus, 1884 September 8
E.Godwin1884 Sept. 6. Type I  2nd Class Petty OfficerThe Argus, 1884 September 8
W.Kelly1884 Sept. 6. Type I  Able SeamanThe Argus, 1884 September 8
RichardWebber1884 Sept. 6. Type I  Able SeamanThe Argus, 1884 September 8
medal
A.Hossack1884 Sept. 6. Type I  Able SeamanThe Argus, 1884 September 8
A.Clark1884 Sept. 6. Type I  Able SeamanThe Argus, 1884 September 8
A.Kidd1884 Sept. 6. Type I  Able SeamanThe Argus, 1884 September 8
T.Murn1884 Sept. 6. Type I  Able SeamanThe Argus, 1884 September 8
O.Hendrickson1884 Sept. 6. Type I  Able SeamanThe Argus, 1884 September 8
W.Burns1884 Sept. 6. Type I  Able SeamanThe Argus, 1884 September 8
H. Harry
aka "Black Harry")
Moore1884 Sept. 6. Type I 1912 October 21Able SeamanThe Argus, 1884 September 8
Williamstown Chronicle,
26 October 1912
O.McArthur1884 Sept. 6. Type I  Able SeamanThe Argus, 1884 September 8
T.Spivey1884 Sept. 6. Type I  Able SeamanThe Argus, 1884 September 8
W.Dyson1884 Sept. 6. Type I  Able SeamanThe Argus, 1884 September 8
WilliamTableyType I medal with
Type II suspender
 1912 October 21Able Seaman
Naval Brigade
Williamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
David Matthews 9
G.Camm1899 April 2. Type II  Chief Petty Officer
Permanent Forces
The Argus, April 3 1899
courtesy David Matthews8
MosesFitzpatrick1899 April 2. Type II  1st Class Petty Officer
Permanent Forces
The Argus, April 3 1899
courtesy David Matthews8
 Fitzpatrick 1903 December 16 1st Class Petty Officer
Permanent Forces
The Argus, 19 December 1903
JamesHobson1899 April 2. Type II  Chief Leading Stoker
Permanent Forces
The Argus, April 3 1899
courtesy David Matthews8
HenryWhitton1899 April 2. Type II  Leading Seaman
Permanent Forces
The Argus, April 3 1899
courtesy David Matthews8
AugusteJohnson1899 April 2. Type II  Able Seaman
Permanent Forces
The Argus, April 3 1899
courtesy David Matthews8
D..Elder1899 April 2. Type II  Lieutenant
Naval Brigade
The Argus, April 3 1899
courtesy David Matthews8
J.Williamson1899 April 2. Type II  1st Class Petty Officer
Naval Brigade
The Argus, April 3 1899
courtesy David Matthews8
W.Partridge1899 April 2. Type II  2nd Class Petty Officer
Naval Brigade
The Argus, April 3 1899
courtesy David Matthews8
Charles HenryAnderson 1903 December 16 Carpenter's Mate
Victorian Navy
Chaffey11
Williamstown Chronicle,
19 December 1903
RichardVaughan 190210 C.L. Stoker
Victorian Navy
Chaffey11
JamesGammon 190210 L. Stoker
Victorian Navy
Chaffey11
PeterRatley 190210 L. Stoker
Victorian Navy
Chaffey11 medal
William M.Davis 1903 December 16 L. Stoker
Victorian Navy
Chaffey11
The Argus, 19 December 1903
FrancisStephens 1903 December 16 L. Seaman
Victorian Navy
Chaffey11
The Argus, 19 December 1903
JohnThompson 1903 December 16 L. Seaman
Victorian Navy
Chaffey11
Williamstown Chronicle,
19 December 1903
SamuelMorgan 190210 Stoker
Victorian Navy
Chaffey11
WilliamMcLeod 190210 Able Seaman
Victorian Navy
Chaffey11
ThomasLeaman 1903 December 16 Able Seaman
Victorian Navy
Chaffey11
The Argus, 19 December 1903
GeorgeCann 1903 December 16 Chief Petty Officer
Victorian Navy
Chaffey11
Williamstown Chronicle,
19 December 1903
JohnMills 190210 Torp Artificer
Victorian Navy
Chaffey11
SamuelGammon 1903 December 16 Carp. & Joiner
Victorian Navy
Chaffey11
Williamstown Chronicle,
19 December 1903
HenryWitton 190210 L. Seaman
Victorian Navy
Chaffey11
JohnWeston 1903 December 16 Engineroom Artificer
Victorian Navy
Chaffey11
Williamstown Chronicle,
19 December 1903
Gilbert CharlesGirault 1903 December 16 Able Seaman
Victorian Navy
Chaffey11
The Argus, 19 December 1903
GeorgeCrocker 1903 December 16 P.O. 1st Class
Victorian Navy
Chaffey11
Williamstown Chronicle,
19 December 1903
WilliamSampher 1903 December 16 L. Stoker
Victorian Navy
Chaffey11
The Argus, 19 December 1903
JosephMangan 190610 Stoker
Victorian Navy
Chaffey11
GeorgeAldridge 190810 Able Seaman
Victorian Navy
Chaffey11
AlfredFroud 190910 Boiler Maker
Victorian Navy
Chaffey11
Henry W.Cooper 190910 Able Seaman
Victorian Navy
Chaffey11
RomeoPodesta  1913Cook
Victorian Navy
O'Grady family
Thomas C.Cooker  1912 October 21Chief Petty Officer
Naval Brigade
West Australian, 19 January 1915
Williamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
JamesGarrell 1903 Able Seaman
Vict. Naval Forces
The Argus, 24 October 1903
 Allard 1903 December 16 Engine-room Artificer
Victorian Navy
The Argus, 19 December 1903
ThomasGuiver 1903 December 16 Chief Ship's Steward
Victorian Navy
The Argus, 19 December 1903
 Nicol 1903 December 16 Engine-room Artificer
Victorian Navy
The Argus, 19 December 1903
 Blair 1903 December 16 Torpedo Artificer
Victorian Navy
The Argus, 19 December 1903
HenryCarpenter 1903 December 16 1st Class Petty Officer
Victorian Navy
The Argus, 19 December 1903
JohnMiles 1903 December 16 Torpedo Artificer
Victorian Navy
The Argus, 19 December 1903
 Sheen 1903 December 16 Leading Seaman
Victorian Navy
The Argus, 19 December 1903
 Moore 1903 December 16 Able Seaman
Victorian Navy
The Argus, 19 December 1903
 Gannon 1903 December 16 Leading Stoker
Victorian Navy
The Argus, 19 December 1903
James CrosbieJamieson 1903 December 16 Leading Stoker
Victorian Navy
The Argus, 19 December 1903
Corfield 4
 Barry 1903 December 16 Stoker
Victorian Navy
The Argus, 19 December 1903
 Johnson 1903 December 16 Able Seaman
Victorian Navy
The Argus, 19 December 1903
 McGowan 1903 December 16 Stoker
Victorian Navy
The Argus, 19 December 1903
G.Richardson  1912 October 21Gunner
Victorian Navy
Williamstown Chronicle,
26 October 1912
W.Hearn  1912 October 21GunnerWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 1912
T. F.Johnson  1912 October 21GunnerWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 1912
J. A.Bates  1912 October 21GunnerWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 1912
D.McNab  1912 October 21GunnerWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 1912
WalterUnderwood  1912 October 21BandmasterWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 1912
T.Bell  1912 October 21Able SeamanWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 1912
F.Baker  1912 October 21Able SeamanWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
George M.HeriotType I 1912 October 21Able Seamanwww.noble.com.au
Williamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
Robert JohnstoneMiller  1912 October 21LieutenantWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
F.Harden1899 April 2. Type II 1912 October 21Able Seaman
Naval Brigade
The Argus, April 3 1899
courtesy David Matthews8

Williamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
C. S.Burton1899 April 2. Type II


 
 1912 October 21Chief Petty Officer
Naval Brigade
The Argus, April 3 1899
courtesy David Matthews8

Williamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
R.Eldridge  1912 October 21Chief Petty OfficerWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
W.Flowers  1912 October 21Petty OfficerWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
C.Flynn  1912 October 21Petty OfficerWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
H.Last  1912 October 21Petty OfficerWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
T.Williamson  1912 October 21Petty OfficerWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
S.Adair  1912 October 21Petty OfficerWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
C.Sweeting  1912 October 21Petty OfficerWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
P.Nelson  1912 October 21Petty OfficerWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
R.Reid1899 April 2. Type II 1912 October 211st Class Petty Officer
Naval Brigade
The Argus, April 3 1899
courtesy David Matthews8

Williamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
A.Montague  1912 October 21Petty OfficerWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
W. A.Bryan  1912 October 21Petty OfficerWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
D.Stabell  1912 October 21Petty OfficerWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
S.Sheaf  1912 October 21Leading SeamanWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
S.Byrne  1912 October 21Able SeamanWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
R.Gibson  1912 October 21Able SeamanWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
A.Lovelock1899 April 2. Type II 1912 October 21Able Seaman
Naval Brigade
The Argus, April 3 1899
courtesy David Matthews8

Williamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
A.Peterson  1912 October 21Able SeamanWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
J.Campbell  1912 October 21Able SeamanWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
G.Walters  1912 October 21Able SeamanWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
G.Aitkin  1912 October 21Able SeamanWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
D.Dorgan  1912 October 21Able SeamanWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
D.Whittington  1912 October 21Able SeamanWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
J.McAllister  1912 October 21Able SeamanWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
R.Borthwick  1912 October 21Able SeamanWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
A.Hyde  1912 October 21Able SeamanWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
R.Erry  1912 October 21Able SeamanWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
R.Hampton  1912 October 21Petty OfficerWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
J.Henwood  1912 October 21Leading StokerWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
T.Stafford  1912 October 21Leading StokerWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
J.Madden  1912 October 21StokerWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
J.Ford  1912 October 21StokerWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
J.Watson  1912 October 21StokerWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
H.Jackson  1912 October 21GunnerWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
C.Thompson  1912 October 21Petty OfficerWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
G.Kirkland  1912 October 21Petty OfficerWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
J.Amey senr.  1912 October 21Petty OfficerWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
W.Hoesley  1912 October 21Petty OfficerWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
J.McIlroy  1912 October 21Petty OfficerWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
J.Johnson  1912 October 21Petty OfficerWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
B.Vine  1912 October 21Petty OfficerWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
C.Bland  1912 October 21Able SeamanWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
A.Hossack  1912 October 21Able SeamanWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
H.Baker  1912 October 21Able SeamanWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
E.Garlick  1912 October 21Able SeamanWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
D.Murphy  1912 October 21Able SeamanWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
J.Johnson  1912 October 21Able SeamanWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
P.Peterson  1912 October 21Able SeamanWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
J.Robertson  1912 October 21Able SeamanWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
R.Jones  1912 October 21Able SeamanWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
T.Lewis  1912 October 21Able SeamanWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
T.Buckley  1912 October 21Able SeamanWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
F.Peterson  1912 October 21Able SeamanWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
W.Boyd  1912 October 21Able SeamanWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
J.Houston  1912 October 21Able SeamanWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
J.Rowlands  1912 October 21Able SeamanWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
T.Connor  1912 October 21Able SeamanWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
H.Donohue  1912 October 21Able SeamanWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
R.Green  1912 October 21Able SeamanWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
J.Williams  1912 October 21Able SeamanWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
W.Walters  1912 October 21Able SeamanWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
F.Meiske  1912 October 21Able SeamanWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
E.Williams  1912 October 21Able SeamanWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
A.Makins  1912 October 21Able SeamanWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
H.Anderson  1912 October 21Able SeamanWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
J.Moxon  1912 October 21Able SeamanWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
R.Wyatt  1912 October 21Able SeamanWilliamstown Chronicle,
26 October 191213
T.Sorensen 1913 August Petty OfficerWilliamstown Chronicle,
2 August 191313
T.Julier 1913 August  Williamstown Chronicle,
2 August 191313
G.Hale 1913 August  Williamstown Chronicle,
2 August 191313
 Legge 1913 August GunnerWilliamstown Chronicle,
2 August 191313
H.Thornton 1913 August  Williamstown Chronicle,
2 August 191313
W.Dorgan 1913 August  Williamstown Chronicle,
2 August 191313
E.Godwin 1913 August  Williamstown Chronicle,
2 August 191313
D.Barty 1913 August Leading SeamanWilliamstown Chronicle,
2 August 191313
O.Hendriksen 1913 August Able SeamanWilliamstown Chronicle,
2 August 191313
E. T.Williams 1913 August Able SeamanWilliamstown Chronicle,
2 August 191313
W.Nagel 1913 August Able SeamanWilliamstown Chronicle,
2 August 191313
F.Spivey 1913 August Able SeamanWilliamstown Chronicle,
2 August 191313
B.Allwell 1913 August Able SeamanWilliamstown Chronicle,
2 August 191313
A. C.Knowles 1913 August Able SeamanWilliamstown Chronicle,
2 August 191313
JamesFreame 1913 August Able SeamanWilliamstown Chronicle,
2 August 191313
R.Hamerton 1913 August StokerWilliamstown Chronicle,
2 August 191313
N.Duckworth 1913 August BandsmanWilliamstown Chronicle,
2 August 191313

NOTE: The above list is far from complete. Please advise us if you know of names that should be added.


1 - Victoria Volunteer Long & Efficient Service Medal Presentations

1884 PRESENTATION OF MEDALS
(35 presented)

Cerberus Log Book, 6 September 1884

1.45 - Hands fall in and stationed.

2.45 - Naval Reserve came on board (Cerberus) and stationed went to Quarters action.

2.55 - His Excellency the Governor embarked on board Commissioner. On leaving the shore a salute was fired from Nelson. Arrived on board at 3 and inspected the Quarters went through the different modes of firing and also repelling torpedo boat attack his Excellency left the ship at 4.15 and proceded on board the Nelson to present long service medals to officers and men entitled to them. Officers and Men returned from Nelson at 5.50.

7.40 - Lowered steam in Launch.

Webmaster: Fortunately the names of those who received the above medals were recorded in the Argus newspaper on 8 September 1884 (below).

Long-service medals were awarded to the following officers and men:—

Naval Forces— J. Frogley (chief boatswain), J. Nelson (chief carpenter), H. Tubb (gunner), J. Sansom (master at arms), D. Mangan (chief carpenter's mate) G. Kennedy (chief quartermaster), J. Ovenden (chief botswain's mate), M. Carey (chief leading stoker), T. Seabrige (gunner's mate), W. Freeman (ship's cook) S. Newing, M. Neville, G. Morey, and A. Dunlop (first-class petty officers)

Naval Reserve— D. P. McLean (surgeon), J. Frazier (gunner), T. Collins (gunner) T. Cockle (instructor) G. Richardson and W. Horsley (first-elass petty ollicers), R. Owen, E. Godwin, and W. Raymond (second-class petty officers), W. Kelly, R. Webber, A. Hossack, A. Clark, A. Kidd, T. Murn, O. Hendrickson, W. Burns, H. Moore, O. McArthur, T. Spivey, and W. Dyson (A.B's).

The 1884 medals were issued with the recipient's name and 1884 impressed on the edge of the medal. e.g. STEPHEN NEWING - 1884


1899 PRESENTATION OF MEDALS
(12 presented)

The Argus, 3 April 1899

A general inspection of quarters was made on Sunday morning, after which Commander Tickell distributed long service medals as follows:—

Chief Petty Officer G. Camm, First-class Petty Officer M. Fitzpatrick, Chief Ldg. Stoker J. Hobson, Leading Seaman H. Whitton, Able Seaman A. Johnson,

First-class Petty Officer R. Reid, (Naval Brigade), Lieutenant D. Elder (N.B.), C.P.O. C. S. Burton (N.B.), First-class Petty Officer J. Williamson (N.B.), Second-class P.C.W. Partridge (N.B.), Able Seaman F. Harden and A. Lovelock (N.B.)

The edge detail of the 1899 medals is not known.


MEDALS PRESENTED ON UNKNOWN DATES
(at least 14 presented)

George Stone, J. Williams, J. W. Houston, George M. Heriot, Philip Morone, Francis McDonald, D. Mellor, William Tabley, Neil Fletcher, Charles Pierce Critten, James Breaks, James Allen, John Peerless and Horace Claringbold.

These medals were issued with varying information on the medal's rim, indicating that they were issued as the men qualified, and that the relevant officer, or the recipient, determined the edge detail. These medals were most likely issued between 1885 and 1898.

Edge detail on known medals is as follows -

Type I

G. M. HERIOT SEAMAN WILLIAMSTOWN DIV. NAV BRIGADE.

A.B. J. W. HOUSTON PORT MELBOURNE DIVISION NAVAL BRIGADE

FRANCIS Mc.DONALD LEADING SEAMAN VICTN. NAVAL FORCES

P. MORONE 1st C. PETTY OFF. N. B. WILLIAMSTOWN

GEORGE STONE SECOND CLASS PETTY OFFICER

Type II

A.B. J. WILLIAMS VIC NAVAL BRIGADE



2 - British Medal to Australian Navy Presentations
(Long Service & Good Conduct Medal)

1903 PRESENTATION OF MEDALS
(41 presented)

LONG SERVICE MEDALS.

PRESENTED BY SIR JOHN MADDEN.

A pleasing ceremony was consummated on board the R.M.V.S.(sic) Cerberus on Wednesday afternoon last, when a number of the blue-jackets of the Victorian Navy were presented with long service medals for having served 15 years, by his Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor, Sir John Madden.

The medal, which is very weighty, bears on one side the Royal effigy, and on the reverse the words "For loyal(sic) service and good conduct." The latter words are stamped on the ring, which also bears the sailor's name and E.R. His Excellency, accompanied by Colonel Campbell, was received on board the flagship about five o'clock by Captain Tickell, Commander Colquhoun, and Paymaster Tracey. The recipients were arranged four deep, and as their names were called, they came forward for their token, and received a hearty shake of the hand from His Excellency. As soon as the distribution terminated, the party went below to the captain's cabin and spent a pleasant twenty minutes, when His Excellency took his departure on the steam tender.

The following were the recipients :- Chief Engine-room Artificer Allard, Chief Petty Officer Cann, Storekeeper Critten, Chief Ship's Steward Guiver, Engine-room Artificers Nicol and Weston, Carpenter's Mate Anderson, Torpedo Artificer Blair, First-class Petty Officers Carpenter, Crocker, and Fitzpatrick, Leading Stokers Davis, Gannon and Jamieson, Ship's Corporal Goding, First-class Petty Officers McKenzie and McLeod, Torpedo Artificer Miles, First-class Petty Officers Mooney and Mutton, Leading Stokers Sampher and Stephens, Leading Seamen Bury, Jones, Petterson, Sheen and Thompson, Able Seamen Barry, Gabriel, Girault, Leaman, Johnson, McInness, McLeod, and Moore, Stokers Freeman and Barry, Messman McGowan, Armorer's Mate Prideaux, Carpenter and Joiner Gammon.

Williamstown Chronicle,
19 December 1903

1907 PRESENTATION OF MEDALS
(16 presented)

The Argus, 1 April 1907

Prayers were read on the quarterdeck (of the Cerberus) by Captain Cresswell today & afterwards the following were presented with "long service & good conduct" medals:-

Engineroom Artificer A. Vary, 1st Class Petty-officer J. Lake, Ship's Corporal G. Stewart; Leading Seamen D. Barry, W. Bassett, H. Farrington & F. Jackson; Able Seamen N. Morrison, J. Tyrrell, W. Kennedy, W. Irons & J. O'Neill; Stoker W. Sweetman, Torpedo Artificer's Assistant E. Griffiths, Cook G. Kirby, Steward J. White.

To qualify for these rewards the recipients must have been in the service for 15 years of continuous "very good character".


1913 PRESENTATION OF MEDALS
(17 presented)

Williamstown Chronicle, 2 August 1913

Long service good conduct medals have been awarded to the following men of the Naval Forces:- Gunner Legge, Petty Officer T. Sorensen, T. Julier, G. Hale, H. Thornton, W. Dorgan, and E. Godwin. Leading seaman D. Barty; A.B's. 0. Hendriksen, E. T. Williams, W. Nagel. F. Spivey, B. Allwell, A. C. Knowles, and Jas. Freame; Stoker R. Hamerton, and Bandsman N. Duckworth.



3 - Royal Naval Reserve Long Service Medal Presentation

1912 PRESENTATION OF MEDALS
(82 presented)

PRESENTATION OF MEDALS.

NAVAL VETERANS OF 89 AND 80

Williamstown Chronicle, 26 October 1912

.....The medals presented were garnished with a green ribband. On one side the metal award bore at foot the Latin inscription, "Dintryne Fidelis;" [sic] on the obverse a head portrait of the present King, and the lettering, "George V. Brit. In Rex. et Ind. Imp." - Appended are the names and ranks among whom the long-service medals were distributed-:

Lieutenant R. J. Miller, Gunners G. Richardson, T. F. Johnson, J. A. Bates, D. M'Nab, W. Hearn; Bandmaster W. Underwood; Chief Petty Officers C. S. Burton, R. Eldridge, T. C. Cooker; Petty Officers W. Flowers, C. Flynn, H. Last, T. Williamson, S. Adair, P. Nelson, C. Sweeting, R. Reid, A. Montague, W. A. Bryan, D. Stabell; Leading Seaman S. Sheaf; A.B.'s S. Byrne, R. Gibson, A. Lovelock, F. Harden, D. Mellor, A. Peterson, J. Campbell, G. Walters,. G. Aitkin, D. Dorgan, H.[Harry] Moore, D. Whittington, J. M'Allister, R. Borthwick, T. Bell, A. Hyde, F. Baker, G. Heriot, R. Erry; Petty Officer R. Hampton; Leading Stokers J. Henwood, T. Stafford; Stokers J. Madden, J. Ford, J. Watson.

Members of the Royal Australian Naval Reserve, to whom medals have been granted, but whose whereabouts are unknown, were likewise listed. Running down the names one observes that it includes several who "have passed to the beyond." The rank and rating runs:-Gunner H. Jackson; Petty Officers C. Thompson, G. Kirkland, J. Amey, senr., W. Hoesley, J. M'Ilroy, J. Johnson, B. Vine; A.B.'s C. Bland. A. Hossack, H. Baker, E. Garlick, D. Murphy, W. Tabley, J. Johnson, P. Peterson, J. Robertson, R. Jones, T. Lewis, T. Buckley, F. Peterson, W. Boyd, J. Houston, J. Rowlands, T. Connor, H. Donohue, R. Green, J. Williams, W. Walters, F. Meiske, E. Williams, A. Makins, H. Anderson, J. Moxon and R. Wyatt.



Other Local Medals

Best Shot Medal

Awarded from 1892 until at least 1902. One of only three known specimens, the medal below was awarded to Zabina Lane, B Company, Victorian Rangers. One of the other two medals is said to have the recipient's name, regiment impressed on the rim & the date engraved below the word FORCES on the reverse side. The third known medal has no markings. None of the five men that won the medal over ten years were from the Victorian Naval Forces.

Brassey Medal

Lord Thomas Brassey, Governor of Victoria 1895-1900, introduced a medal awarded to the winning Battalion in a competition for field firing and marching. This trophy was not won by the Victorian Navy.

Zabina Lane's Best Shot Medal.

Names of Best Shot Medal winners

Best Shot Victoria Military Forces Medal
medal photo from Museum Victoria
Brassey medal.

Names of Brassey Medal winners

Brassey Medal Type I
photo from AWM website

Volunteer Officer's Decoration

Awarded to officers of the Militia or Volunteer Forces having 20 years of commissioned service.

Volunteer Officer's Decoration.

photo from Australian War Memorial
Volunteer Officer's Decoration being presented.

The Acting Governor, Sir John Madden,
presenting the Volunteer Officer's Decoration.

photo from The Illustrated Australian News, 1 July 1895
State Library of Victoria

1895 PRESENTATION OF MEDALS
(1 presented)

On the 21st of June 1895, one medal was presented to the naval commandant, Captain Neville. The Leader newspaper commented "Every one woald regret the omission of the name of Captain Fullarton, of tbe Naval Brigade, from tbe list, but this was because the brigade was a militia force, and negotiations were in progress to extend tbe decoration to tbe militia officers."


Campaign Medals

Over two hundred men of the Victorian Naval Forces also received medals for their service in three campaigns in which members of the Victorian Navy participated. These were the First Taranaki War in New Zealand (1860-1), the Boxer War in China (1899-1901) and the Boer War in South Africa (1899-1902). The New Zealand Medal, China Medal and Queen's South Africa Medal were all British medals.

New Zealand Medal

(40 awarded)

New Zealand Medal
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Stephen Newing's medal courtesy of Alec Newing
& Ian MacFarlane's Defending Victoria website.

List of 40 men entitled to the N.Z. Medal.

China Medal

(198 awarded)

China Medal.
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Sixty-one of the 198 medals issued to members of the Victorian Naval Contingent, were handed out at the Melbourne Town Hall on 27 May 190312.

List of 198 recipients of the China Medal.

Queen's South Africa Medal

(2 awarded)

Although some men served in both the Victorian Navy and in South Africa, those below are the only men who served in South Africa while members of the Victorian Navy.

For service in South Africa Lieutenant William Jarvie Colquhoun received the Queen's South Africa Medal. Unlike the medal below, Lieutenant Colquhoun's medal had bars for Paardeberg, Driefontein, Belfast, Relief of Kimberley & Cape Colony. Lieutenant Colquhoun served in South Africa as part of a British Naval Brigade and also received the Distinguished Service Order.

After his return from China, Commander John Biddlecombe served in South Africa and was attached to the 6th Dragoon guards. Commander Biddlecombe qualified for the Queen's South Africa medal and had bars for Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal and South Africa 1901.



Medal photo from www.ebay.com


William Freeman

David Matthews8 points out that Ship's Cook / Stoker William Freeman not only received the China campaign medal but also the Victoria Volunteer Long & Efficient Service Medal and the Edward VII Naval Long Service Medal. William also received the British War Medal while serving in the RAN during the Great War.


Crimea Medal

Although the Victorian Naval Forces were not involved in the Crimean War, some of the men, such as William Raymond, had been involved, as either British Navy or Army personnel. For this reason the medal is included here.

Shown on the left is the British Crimea Medal with Sebastopol, Inkermann & Alma clasps and the Turkish Crimea Medal (British issue).

Crimea Medal
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photo from www.wittworldwide.com
Crimea Medal
 
photo from www.coins-la-galerie-numismatique.com



Distinguished Service Order.
photo from
Aust. War Memorial

Distinguished Service Order

The Distinguished Service Order was awarded to Lieutenant William Jarvie Colquhoun, while serving as a Victorian Naval officer in South Africa attached to a British Naval Brigade.

Lieut. Colquhoun's resourcefulness was praised by the First Lord of the Admiralty, Mr. G. J. Goschen.

Lieut. Colquhoun later visited London and was decorated personally by Queen Victoria.







Victorian Humane Society Award


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Photo from
www.coinmedalshop.com.au
Alexander Muir Houston

A bronze medal of the Victorian Humane Society was awarded to Alexander Muir Houston for his bravery in rescuing James Jasper after the 1881 fatal torpedo explosion.

The Argus, 27 July 1881


Details



A. M. Houston rescuing James Jasper
Australasian Sketcher, 12 March 1881
Research assistance from Sue Cutler of the Royal Humane Society of Australasia.



The Boy Blacker - from a photograph by A. Rider.
The Illustrated Australian News,
4 January 1869
Joseph Blacker

Joseph Blacker, one of the Nelson boys, received the Royal Humane Society's silver medal for saving the lives of two boys on two different occasions. Joseph later received the society's gold clasp for saving the life of a third boy.

Joseph Blacker's Profile



"Two of the instructors of the ship, named Kennedy and Collins, were also presented with testimonials — Kennedy with the bronze medal of the society, for leaping from the ship to save a comrade from drowning, and Collins with the written thanks of the society for jumping into the sea from the pier to save Blacker and a lad whom Blacker had leaped in to save." The Argus, 7 December 1868




Miscellaneous Medals



Gold Medal awarded to J. Allen, Bandmaster Cerberus.
"Geelong Industrial & Juvenile Exhibition", 1879-80
Actual medal size: 27mm x 22mm
Prepared by Shirley & David Joy,
Image courtesy of the Armstrong Collection, 15th July 2002.






1 The Victoria Volunteer Long and Efficient Service Medal 1881-1901, R. D.Williams, Hawthorn Press, Melbourne, 1976.
2 Letter written c 1917 by Florence Pollitt, a neighbour of John Peerless.
3 William Raymond's medal is on display in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.
4 The Australian Illustrated Enclclopaedia of The Boxer Uprising 1899-1901, Justin Corfield, Slouch Hat Publications, McCrae Australia, 2001.
5 Medals to Australia with valuations, R. D. Williams, Downies, Melbourne 1990.
6 The Medal for the Best Shot of The Victorian Military Forces, Michael Downey, Sabretache: the Journal of the Military Collectors Society of Australia, January 1978.
7 Museum Victoria
8 Observations on the Victoria Volunteer Long & Efficient Service Medal, L. D. Matthews, Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia, vol 16, 2005.
9 David (L. D. Matthews) is also a medal collector.
10 Date award of medal gazetted.
11 Long Service & Good Conduct Medals to the Permanent Members of the Royal Australian Navy 1902 to 1956, A. O. Chaffey, West Launceston, Tasmania.
12 Williamstown Chronicle, 30 May 1903
13 The article listing these men stated that those listed were "members of the Old Naval Brigade" and were "Naval Veterans of 89 and 80".
14 Williamstown Chronicle, 19 December 1903
15 Newcastle Morning Herald & Miner's Advocate, 23 December 1912 page 5



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