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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

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


Last Name:Beeching
First Name:Thomas
Birth Date: 00-00-1859
Branch:Volunteer Naval Brigade - Williamstown

Thomas Beeching

Mr. Thomas Beeching, 74, died at his home in Claremont-avenue, Malvern, on Friday. He was a member of the first Victorian Navy, but left it in 1890 to join the Education Department, in which he was a truancy officer until his retirement nine years ago. While in the navy he resided in Williamstown, and was a player in the old Williamstown Football Club when it won its first premiership cup. He was keenly interested in football and cricket, and was a member of the Caulfield Park Bowling Club. He has left a widow. Mr. Beeching was a members of the Old Willianistonians' Association.

Williamstown Chronicle, 1 April 1933

Served in the Volunteer Naval Brigade, Williamstown Division - 1860 - 1870

Source Victorian Naval Brigade 1860 - 1871 courtesy of Tom Corfmat, Victorian Colonial Infantry Association Inc.

* 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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