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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

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


Last Name:Carpenter
First Name:Henry Thomas
Rank:1st Class Petty Officer
Birth Date: 00-12-1856
Branch:Victorian Navy

Henry Thomas Carpenter

1st Class Petty Officer

Henry Carpenter

Henry possibly wearing his Long Service & Good Conduct Medal presented in 1903.

 Photo courtesy of Frances Leeland & Anne Carpenter, descendants of Henry Carpenter.


Henry is included in the 1871 census for the UK and seems to have applied for a passport in June 1880. Although Henry gave his date of birth as December 1860 on joining the Victorian Navy, he was actually born four years earlier.

Details courtesy of Frances Leeland.




Profile in The Australian Illustrated Enclclopaedia of The Boxer Uprising 1899-1901, Justin Corfield, Slouch Hat Publications, McCrae Australia, 2001.

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.

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