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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

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


Last Name:Hobson
First Name:James
Rank:Chief Leading Stoker
Birth Date: 13-03-1846
Branch:Victorian Navy

James Hobson

Chief Leading Stoker


James Hobson (1844-1916) who joined the Victorian Navy in 1882 was a stoker on the HMS Nelson that year. Subsequently he is recorded as a crew member of the Cerberus throughout the 1880s, employed variously as a stoker, leading stoker & chief leading stoker, & he was awarded a long service medal. James’ brother John (1846-1919) was also a stoker on the Cerberus in the 1880s.


Details provided by Andree Wright, Great Grand-daughter of Peter McIntyre.



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.

This person may have a second entry in this Muster Database.

* 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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