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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

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


Last Name:Hester
First Name:Thomas
Birth Date: 00-00-1837
Branch:Volunteer Naval Brigade - Sandridge

Thomas Hester


We regret to have to report a casualty. Thomas Hester, one of the Naval Brigade in the boats, was loading a gun, and had his left hand on the muzzle when the explosion took place. The poor fellow had his left hand completely blown off, and his arm dreadfully shattered. A cab was obtained, and he was sent off at once to the hospital, where he is doing as well as can be expected. It was thought best to send him into town at once, but there were ample means of treating him on the ground as well. There were ambulance waggons in the rear for the surgeons, with their corps; and an hospital was established, under Staff-surgeon Gilbee and Assistant-surgeon Garrard, in the grand stand. This was the only disagreeable circumstance connected with the affair, and the spectators on the hill as well as those on the grand stand (catered for by Messrs. Ellis and Hennelle), had every reason to find the day extremely agreeable.


The Argus, 27 December 1867

One of the Naval Brigade had rammed home a charge, the gun missed fire, and he used the rammer again while the captain of the gun stood with his thumb on the vent, the charge exploded and the result was that, the unfortunate gunner who was in front of the gun was hit, knocked over board, lifted onto the bank, and found to have lost his hand. The captain of the gun, by the reaction, had his thumb split up, and a wound of a serious character thereby inflicted.

Illustrated Australian News, 4 February 1868


The Argus, 4 January 1873


 Served 1865 - 1869

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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