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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

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

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Last Name:Jenkin
First Name:John
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Birth Date: 00-00-1854
Branch:Victorian Navy

John Jenkin

See short profile in Leading Lights, The Story of Warrnambool Lighthouses & Lighthouse Keepers, by Elizabeth Douglas, Collett, Bain & Gaspars, Warrnambool, 1998


A well-known and highly esteemed resident, Mr. John Jenkin, died at his residence, Melbourne-road, on the 15th inst., after a few months' illness. Born in the north of Ireland, he came to Australia arid joined the local naval forces in 1879, serving some years in H.M.V.S. "Nelson." On leaving the Navy, he became attached to the lighthouse service, under the Ports and Harbors Department, and was connected with most of the lighthouses on the Victorian coast. Being transferred to the Customs Department, he returned with Mrs. Jenkin to Williamstown, and occupied many responsible positions as an officer of that department, until his retirement some years back.

During the War he took a very active part in the Red Crioss work in the new Hall, throwing himself unsparingly into the making of equipment for the use of crippled and invalided soldiers and the various hospitals. Early and late, the first there and the last to leave, was John Jenkin. With Mrs. Jenkin, he was actively connected with the Cecil-street Presbyterian Church, of which, he was a trustee. The funeral took place at the local cemetery: on Monday; a large gathering attending -to show their last respect. The service was conducted by the Revs. - T. Brown and T. Williams. The service of the Free Gardeners' Lodge, of which the deceased was a member, was also read by their presiding officer, Mr. A. Slee, who deposited a white rose--the emblem or a pure life--1n the -grave. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr. E. Jackson: The pall-bearers were Messrs. J. Slee, J. Butterfield, James Gray, Capt. Strickland, A. Anderson, T. Hazel, H., Stafford and W. Donaldson (A.I.F.)

Williamstown Chronicle, 21 April 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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