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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

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


Last Name:Cerutty
First Name:Richard William
Birth Date: 18-12-1835
Branch:Volunteer Naval Brigade - Williamstown

Richard William Cerutty

Served 1865

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




Richard was born on  Tavistock, Devon, England, 18th December 1835.  He came to Australia with his parents and brothers about 1851, and settled in Melbourne.   He spent all of his working life with the Customs Department as far as is known, mainly working as a tide waiter at Williamstown. Richard held various other titles, including sub collector, landing waiter, assistant inspector of fisheries, assistant immigration officer, powder magazine keeper, and receiver and paymaster.  These seem to be concurrent.   Not long before retiring he spent a short period as harbour master/collector of customs at Warrnambool.  Richard died in Melbourne in 1907.


Details and photo supplied by Richard's Great Grand-daughter, Joan Pretty.

* 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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