Victorian Naval Forces Muster
|for the Colony of Victoria. (muster range 1853-1910)*
| Birth Date: |
A sailor, dressed like a man-o-war's man, and that stated that he with two others recently escaped from the Cerberus in an open boat and scucceeded in reaching Portland, was seen at Mount Gambier a few days ago. When brought before the police court on a charge of riotous conduct, he gave his name as George Harrison, and was fined 20s., or seven days' imprisonment. He stated that his two companions had determined to continue their cruise till they reached Adelaide.
The Argus, 28 October 1878
The search for the identity of George Harrison began after an article was discovered by Frank Garrie titled A Contumacious Tar from The South Eastern Star of 18 October 1878. This article pointed out that George's cap tally read Naval Reserve. As the Naval Reserve was a part time militia, it is hard to understand George's claim to be a deserter.
* 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.
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