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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

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


Last Name:Collins
First Name:Thomas
Rank:Gunner's Mate
Birth Date:
Branch:Victorian Navy

Thomas Collins

Gunners Mate

Joined HMVS Nelson on 1 December 1867

Victorian Naval Training Ship for Boys, Register 1865-1876 VPRS 11976/P0001 00001


"On three different occasions durng this year a young boy named Joseph Blacker, who is on board the training ship Nelson, has in the most intrepid manner saved the lives of other boys who had fallen into the Bay, and who, would but for Blacker's courage have perished by drowning. His Excellency the Governor, having read of the boy's praiseworthy conduct, wrote to the Royal Humane Society of England bringing his claims under their notice, as well as those of two drill instructors of the Nelson named Kennedy and Collins, who had assisted Blacker when he had succeeded in keeping the boys he had rescued above water. His Excellency lately received, through the Secretary of State, a silver medal of the society for Blacker, as also their thanks to the boy, which were inscribed on vellam, and a bronze medal for Kennedy, together with the thanks of the society inscribed on vellum to Collins. These testimonials he decided to present on board the vessel in presence of the other boys on the training ship, and last December, that purpose was carried out."

Illustrated Australian News, 1 January 1869

* 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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