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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

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


Last Name:Bowling
First Name:John Purcel
Rank:2nd Officer
Birth Date:
Branch:HMCS Victoria Delivery Crew

John Purcel Bowling

2nd Officer

Appointed by Agent General in the UK.

Reprimanded for gross ignorance and neglect of duty, and conduct unbecoming an officer and gentleman on 11 and 12 April 1856. Not allowed to perform any duties since 12 April and contract cancelled on arrival of HMCS Victoria in Victoria.

Victorian Public Records Office, VPRS 1189 Box 690 g55/4633


Signed his name as L. Reed Bowling 2nd Officer in the UK.

Victorian Public Records Office, VPRS 1189 Box 579 56/3452




* 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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