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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

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


Last Name:Timberley
First Name:Harry
Rank:Able Seaman
Birth Date: 00-00-1849
Branch:Victorian Navy

Henry (Harry) Timberley

Able Seaman

A Victim of the 1881 Torpedo Explosion

Possibly the son of William ( William Inglis?) Timberley & Caroline bapt. Jun. 2nd. 1848 at Godlaming, Surrey, England.

"TIMBERLEY - On the 5th inst., Harry Timberley, quarter-master, second son of William Timberley, of Godalming, Surrey, England (killed by the accidental explosion of a torpedo from HMCSS Cerberus, which he was assisting to place in the bay, off Queenscliff), aged 32 years. Home papers please copy."
The Argus, 12 March 1881.

"Harry Timberley, aged 32, engaged as an able seaman on board the Cerberus, had been a petty officer in the Royal Navy. He was also at one time an instructor on a training ship at home." The Argus, 7 March 1881

"The other poor fellows, whose bodies are missing, were William Barnes, a petty officer of the Cerberus, and Harry Timberley and James Wilkie, able bodied seamen belonging to that vessel." The Brisbane Courier, 23 March 1881



Memorial to those who died in the 1881 Torpedo Explosion off Queenscliff.
photo by David Joy 2001.

* 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.

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