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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

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


Last Name:Alcock
First Name:Alfred Upton
Birth Date: 22-09-1865

Alfred Upton Alcock

The second generator for the searchlights on Cerberus was an Alcock generator.

"In the mid-1880s Alcock became interested in electricity-supply to the public. He had constructed a dynamo and in 1888 he and his father established a generating-station in Corr's Lane, Melbourne.

Alcock's earliest major invention was a device for electrically co-ordinating the range-setter and fire-control for artillery, which was tested successfully at Port Phillip Heads; in 1897 he formed a small company to promote it."

Print Publication Details: G. B. Lincolne, 'Alcock, Alfred Upton (1865 - 1962)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 7, Melbourne University Press, 1979, pp 30-31.

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* 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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