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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

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


Last Name:Chifney
First Name:George
Rank:Able Seaman
Birth Date: 15-11-1863
Branch:Victorian Navy

George Chifney

Able Seaman


"....around 1.20 am, Mary Ellen Chifney, who lived on the corner of Sydney Place, was alarmed and scared. The noise she heard was like a drunk being dragged along the rocky lane. A man's voice boomed, 'Get home with you'. Then came the sound of someone tumbling violently against a door or fence. A distressed woman's voice uttered 'Oh, oh, oh'. To Chifney, it was a sound of someone 'very nearly finished'. Before she could hear any more, the strong wind blew away the terrifying sounds. She dearly wished her husband was at home and not out at sea in the Navy."

Love Is Murder: The fated affair of Frederick Jordan and Minnie Hicks. by Noni Dowling


More details on this person can be found in the Victorian Navy Certificates of Service This is a very large pdf file of 109 mb and takes 13 minutes to download with a 1.5 mbps internet connection.


* 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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