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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

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


Last Name:Houston
First Name:J. W.
Rank:Able Seaman
Birth Date:
Branch:Naval Brigade - Pt. Melbourne

J. W. Houston

Able Seaman


Houston worked as a stevedore & enrolled in the Naval Reserve on the 16th of July 1875. Possibly born in 1862.

Houston's Type I Victoria Volunteer Long & Efficient Service Medal, was received before 1892, and is held by the 5th/6th Battalion, Royal Victoria Regiment of the Australian Army.

Described as being 5 feet 10 inches & having dark eyes and dark complexion in the Victorian Naval Reserve Register and may be of non-European descent. See Non-Europeans Members of the Victorian Naval Forces.


Possibly the J. Houston that received the Royal Naval Reserve Long Service Medal in 1912.

Williamstown Chronicle, 26 October 1912.


* 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.