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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

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


Last Name:Frazier-Roxburgh
First Name:William James
Rank:Drill Instructor
Birth Date: 23-02-1835
Branch:Naval Brigade

William James Frazier-Roxburgh

AKA James Frazier

Drill Instructor



(It appears that James Frazier served in the Sandridge and Williamstown divisions of the Naval Reserve/Brigade.)


Member of the Williamstown Naval Brigade Field Gun Crew circa 1889.


From a group photo of the Williamstown Naval Brigade Field Gun Crew circa 1889
courtesy of Ada Ackerly.

Men of the Victorian Naval Reserve with James Frazier on the far left.
Photo courtesy of Ron Bell (Great Grandson of James Frazier). Click image for hi-res version.

James Frazier before 1884.

The left and right medals are most likely the British Crimea Medal and the Baltic Medal with the middle medal being the Turkish Crimea Medal.
Photo courtesy of Ron Bell (Great Grandson of James Frazier).


 Courier (Brisbane, Qld.), 7 August 1863 


Mentioned in the article titled - Elopement Extraordinary, The Argus, 10 June 1870 


Listed in The Argus newspaper on 8 September 1884 as having received the Victoria Volunteer Long & Efficient Service Medal on 6 September 1884.


Listed in the Victorian Defence Forces List, Naval Branch, 1 January 1890.


Amongst those who retire from active service and the end of this month, appears the name of Gunner James Frazier, Naval Brigade. In Mr Frazier's case the brigade will lose a much valued officer, who first tasted powder on the H.M.S. Sanspariel throughout the Crimean war, and the following year at the bombardment of of Swreborg, in the Baltic. On arrival in Victoria he held medals for Balaclava, Sebastopol and the Baltic. It was in the last action that every man at the gun within six feet of him was killed, and yet he came through without a scratch. In October, 1859, he joined the Victorian Naval Brigade on its first formation, and also holds the colonial long service medal. He is now in health and strength sounder than many a man only half his age, and it seems incredible that he should have to accept his pension.

Williamstown Chronicle, 24 September 1892



FRAZIER-ROXBURGH -On the 14th April 1904, at 42 Pasco-street, Williamstown, William James, dearly beloved husband of Matilda Frazier-Roxburgh, and beloved father of Frazier, Malcolm, and Rason Frazier-Roxburgh (known as Gunner James Frazier), retired list Victorian Navy.


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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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