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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

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


Last Name:Fry
First Name:Edward
Birth Date: 00-00-1848
Branch:Victorian Navy

Edward Fry

Gunner's Mate & Instructor

Came out on the gunboats Victoria and Albert and the 1st Class Torpedo Boat Childers in 1884. The Argus, 28 September 1884

Mentioned in The Argus, 16 September 1884


At the ripe age of 75, ex-Warrant Officer 'Edward Fry, whose home was at 51 Illawarra-street, passed away. He had been a resident of Williamstown for 40 years, over a long period of which he had been associated as a gunner with the Victorian Navy. Formerly he had been attached to the Imperial Navy. He joined the Royal Navy when 14 years of age, and had served on various ships. In 1883 he obtained the Egyptian medal and Khedive's star, being one of the number who took part in the expedition to relieve the late General Gordon at Khartoum. He transferred to the Victorian Navy on his arrival here on H.M.A.S. Victoria. After 20 years' service in the local navy, he joined the ordnance department, and for some years was in charge of the Maribyrnong powder magazine. He was a Freemason since 1878, and an old member of the U.A.O.D. The funeral was private, and conducted by Mr. E. W. Jackson. The remains were interred in the local cemetery. Rev. A. W. Cooper reading the Baptist burial service.

Williamstown Chronicle, 26 May 1923

* 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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