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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

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


Last Name:Caithness
First Name:James Robertson
Birth Date: 21-10-1832
Branch:Volunteer Naval Brigade - Williamstown

James Robertson Caithness

James Robertson Caithness was born 21st Oct 1832 in Dundee. (Bap 18th Nov 1832) He was named after his maternal uncle James Robertson.  James married Georgina Smith on the 15th of May 1861 in Tarnagulla Vic.  He was a mariner – an apprentice and later ticketed in 1847 at the age of 15. And passed his certificate as a Mate in 1857.   He was on the ship “Daisy” 1847-48.


Drawing of James by his son, C. Caithness. 


He worked for the Government  Department – Williamstown Naval Dockyards.  He died 23rd Nov 1885 and buried 25th at Williamstown.


Details and photo courtesy of Pat Wade.


Served 1868 - 1871

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


Volunteers Land Warrants Board, Additional Report, 1871

* 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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