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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

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


Last Name:Fitzpatrick
First Name:Moses
Rank:1st class Petty Officer
Birth Date: 02-09-1862
Branch:Victorian Navy

Moses Fitzpatrick

1st class Petty Officer


On 29 February 1904 the Cerberus logbook reported that Moses Fitzpatrick was sent to the Melbourne Hospital suffering from Rheumatic Fever and was admitted into that institution for medical treatment.


A well-known and respected resident of Williamstown in the person of Moses Fitzpatrick, late chief petty officer in the Royal Australian Navy passed away on Thursday last, at his residence 10 Koroit Creek-road, after an illness of some months duration. Born at Arklow, Ireland, 61 years ago the deceased had served a period of 35 years with the Imperial and Royal Australian Navies, and saw service in the Chinese Boxer Campaign. He joined the Victorian Navy in 1883, and served in the old "Nelson" and "Cerberus". The funeral took place last Saturday for interment in the local cemetery, with naval honors. The casket, covered in a Union Jack, was borne on a carriage, drawn by 25 sailors, and preceded by a firing party and Naval Band playing "The Dead in Saul," whilst a large number of citizens, including many of the old Contingent, marched behind the *** coaches. At the cemetery, a polished casket, with brass *** was carried to the grave by the deceased's old shipmates Messrs. Farrington, J. Henwood, J. Forbes, Watson, W. Collins and C. Taunt six sailors, with four China veterans Messrs. W. Freeman, W. H. Stevens, J. Jamieson and R. Hammerton served as pall-bearers. The Rev. J. McH*** (St. Mary's) conducted the burial service, at the conclusion of which volleys were fired and the "Last Post" was sounded by a bugler. The funeral arrangements were ably carried out Mr. W. Jackson. The deceased leaves a widow and one son.

Williamstown Chronicle, 17 July 1920

With 56.5 cm. (22 1/4 in.) rifled barrel, sighted, iron and brass mounts, the left side of stock carved with a dragon chasing a flaming pearl, the other inscribed 'M Fitzpatrick CPO Vict Navel (sic) Cont, Tien Tsan, China 1900 and 1901'. 96 cm. (37 3/4 in.)


Listed as receiving a long service medal on Sunday 2 April 1899.

The Argus, 3 April 1899. Research courtesy of David Matthews.










R C  5' 10¼"  44"  Stout  Fair Blue    

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.


died: 8-7-1920

Victorian Navy Monument, Williamstown Cemetery
Erected by the Officers, Petty Officers and Men of the Permanent Naval Force of Victoria
In Memory of their Deceased Comrades
Large Monument surmounted by Large Anchor

courtesy of Helen Harris, OAM



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 109 mb and takes 13 minutes to download with a 1.5 mbps internet connection.

This person may have a second entry in this Muster Database.

* 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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