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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

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


Last Name:Shillinglaw
First Name:John Joseph
Rank:Sub Inspector
Birth Date: 00-00-1831
Branch:Sir Harry Smith Crew

John Joseph Shillinglaw


circa 1880
courtesy of the State Library of Victoria 

"the establishment of a real blockship (Sir Harry Smith), armed with 32 pounders and manned by the old veterans of the water-police, under the immediate supervision of a gentleman who, Punch facetiously informed its readers last week, was not a lieutenant on board the Victory at the battle of Trafalgar!"

The Sydney Morning Herald, 18 December 1855


"Mr. Shillinglaw was not Lieutenant of the Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar."

Melbourne Punch, 1855 page 148


Most Likely John Joseph Shillinglaw who was Sub Inspector of Water Police in November 1855.

Mentioned in Law on Water, Shirley A Videion, 2006, Brighton, Australia.



* 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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