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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

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


Last Name:Wilke
First Name:James
Rank:Able Seaman
Birth Date: 00-00-1854
Branch:Victorian Navy

James Wilkie

Able seaman

A Victim of the 1881 Torpedo Explosion

"James Wilkie as A.B. on the Cerberus. His age was 27, and he was a single man. It is believed he has some relatives in the colony. He entered the colonial service on the 9th August, 1877." 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 of 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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