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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

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


Last Name:Heriot
First Name:George M.
Rank:Able Seaman
Birth Date: 00-00-1850
Branch:Naval Brigade - Williamstown

George M. Heriot

Able Seaman

Mr George Heriot, who is 80 years of age, was one of the original Rechabites who built the old Temperance Hall which, to use his own words, "took years to get and was destroyed in a quarter of an hour." He arrived here in 1868 from Scotland, and prior to that helped in the building of the old warship Cerberus. During the war he was employed as a shipbuilder in Sydney on the cruiser Brisbane.

Williamstown Chronicle, 14 June 1930


In an article subheaded "Naval Veterans of 89 and 80", in the Williamstown Chronicle on 26 October 1912, G. Heriot was listed as receiving a Long Service and Good Conduct Medal for 15 years service. To qualify he would have to have served at least four years in the Victorian Naval Forces.

George had previously received the Victoria Volunteer Long and Efficient Service Medal, most likely about 1887.


Joined the Naval Brigade 43 years ago.

Williamstown Chronicle, 17 July 1915



Mr. George Heriot, a veteran ship wright, residing at Newport says he worked on the building of the Cerebus in the Old Country in 1868, before coming to Williamstown. He was associated with the old Victorian Naval Brigade, and has a medal for 15 years' service. He also was employed in the building of H.M.A.S. `Brisbane,' and claims to know a bit about naval construction.

Williamstown Chronicle, 10 July 1926



* 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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