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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

for the Colony of Victoria. (muster range 1853-1910)*


Last Name:Cooker
First Name:Thomas
Rank:Chief Petty Officer
Birth Date: 29-05-1838
Branch:Naval Reserve

Thomas (Tom) Cooker

Chief Petty Officer

Silhouette of Thomas Cooker, made, it is thought, by his great niece Edith Mary Bartter.

from Descendants of Thomas Cooker website where it quotes Tom as saying that "I am a Petty Officer in the Victoria Naval Reserve."


To Thomas Cooker, for injury received while on duty in the Naval Reserve. £18

 Supplement to the Victoria Government Gazette, 30th December 1881.


Reference to having served in the Victorian Naval Brigade. Died 2 January 1915 aged 87.

The Argus, 4 January 1915


The West Australian, 19 January 1915

In an article subheaded "Naval Veterans of 89 and 80", in the Williamstown Chronicle on 26 October 1912 this man was listed as receiving a Long Service and Good Conduct Medal for 15 years service. To qualify he would have to have served at least four years in the Victorian Naval Forces.

* 1853 is given as the commencement date for the Victorian Navy as this is the year that Commander Lockyer (RN) went to Britain to superintend the building of HMCS Victoria.
Although the Victorian Navy ended in 1901 the career of Cerbeus etc continued. In 1910 the new ships started arriving & manning levels increased.

Information & photographs of men who served in the Victorian Naval Forces is eagerly sought. Please contact the webmaster.