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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

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


Last Name:Hely-Hutchinson
First Name:Patrick Maurice
Rank:Torpedo Lieutenant RN
Birth Date: 27-04-1855
Branch:Royal Navy

Patrick Maurice Hely-Hutchinson

Torpedo Lieutenant 

The following record of "services" of Lieutenant the Hon. Patrick Maurice Hely-Hutchinson, the recently appointed naval torpedo lieutenant of Victoria, may interest some readers. He was born on April 27, 1855, and entered the navy on May 1, 1868. He joined H.M.S. Bristol on October 1, 1869, and served as midshipman on the West Indian station, Subsequently in H.M.SS. Volage, Juno, Ocean, Minotaur, Agincourt, and Ballerophon he served as midshipman on the China and Japan stations, in the Channel, off the coast of Spain, Madeira, and Western Islands. He passed as acting sub-lieutenant on April 30, 1874, and served on the North American and west Indian stations. On October 1, 1874, he joined H.M.S. Excellent as acting sub-lieutenant, and passed an examination in gunnery for lieutenant. From January 1st to July 10, 1875, he studied at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, and passed his wxamination in navigation for lieutenant. On August 7, of the same year, he was commissioned to H.M.S. Serapia, and served as sub-lieutenant on the occasion of H.R.H. the Prince of Wales' visit to India. He was paid off on July 10, 1876, but was commissioned to H.M.S. Shah on the following August 14, and served as sub-lieutenant. He was present at the action on May 29, 1877, between the Shah and Amethyst and the Peruvian rebel vessel Huascar. He was made acting lieutenant on February 14 of the same year. He served with the Naval Brigade in Zululand between April and July, 1879, and also with the South Column under the command of General Crealoch, receiving the medal and clasp. On February 5, 1880, he was commissioned to H.M.S. Alexandra, the flagship of Admiral Sir Beauchamp Seymour (Lord Alcester), and served as lieutenant. He was present at the bombardment of Alexandria, and landed with the Naval Brigade in defence of the city. He was afterwards attached to the armoured train. He received the medal and Alexandria clasp, and the Khedive's star. From October 1, 1882, to October 17, 1883, he was studying at the R.N. College, Greenwich, and on H.M.S. Vernon, and passed the theoretical and practical examinations in electricity and torpedo work.

The Argus 28 December 1883.


Described as "lately second in command of the Victorian Naval Forces"

Brisbane Courier, 30 January 1893



* 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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