Victorian Naval Forces Muster
|for the Colony of Victoria. (muster range 1853-1910)*
| Birth Date: ||00-00-1856|
On 23 April 1880 the Cerberus log mentions John Davis, Abel Seaman.
Deserted from HMVS Nelson at Williamstown, on the 6th January 1885. AB, 29yrs, 5’ 7", grey eyes, brown hair, fair complexion, two scars on right hand, slight build, known by the name of "Brown", formerly a street musician; wore naval uniform.
source page 21, 21.1.1885 Extract from Vic PG, 14.1.1885 http://freepages.history.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ausnavy/Deserters/des_da_de.htm
* 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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