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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

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


Last Name:Dunn
First Name:John William
Rank:Able Seaman
Birth Date: 29-01-1871
Branch:Victorian Navy

John William Dunn

Able Seaman


Born 29 January 1871 Williamstown Vic.

Died 18 March 1925

Entered Victorian Navy 18 December 1897.  Trade given as "sea"

China Contingent 1900

Discharged 31 August 1902

Joined Victorian Railways  Wire Splicer


Details and photos supplied by Ken Booth.

John Dunn - front row, fifth from right.

John Dunn's China Contingent Certificate of Service 









 Prot  5' 7"  37"  Prop  Brown Blue  left arm  

From Volunteer Listing kept by CPO Goding & held by grandson Lawrence Dilks, Williamstown. Compared with China Contingent List. Prepared by Ada Ackerly, Directory Williamstown Museum, c 1987.

Profile in The Australian Illustrated Enclclopaedia of The Boxer Uprising 1899-1901, Justin Corfield, Slouch Hat Publications, McCrae Australia, 2001.


More details on this person can be found in the Victorian Navy Certificates of Service This is a very large pdf file of 119 mb and takes 13 minutes to download with a 1.5 mbps internet connection.  

* 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.

Information & photographs of men who served in the Victorian Naval Forces is eagerly sought. Please contact the webmaster.