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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

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


Last Name:Woolrich
First Name:Thomas
Rank:Chief Leading Stoker
Birth Date: 20-02-1844
Branch:Victorian Navy

Thomas Woolrich

Chief Leading Stoker

Thomas may have been born in 1839.

Date of Entry 29 March 1879

Listed in the Victorian Naval Forces Enrolment sheet for 1884.

More details on this person can be found in the Victorian Navy Certificates of Service This is a very large pdf file of 109 mb and takes 13 minutes to download with a 1.5 mbps internet connection.

Thomas may be included in the crew photo at 1883 crew photo 


A Sudden Call.


The death of Mr. Thomas Woolrich, aged 75, was on Sunday reported to the Newport police. About 8 o'clock deceased called out to his Wife, "Mother, it's daylight." Immediately after Mrs. Woolrich lay still for a few moments, until the peculiar breathing of her husband called her attention. Becoming alarmed, she rose to discover that her husband was very ill. Deceased, passed away in a few minutes. Dr. Esler was called in, but he pronounced life extinct. Later the matter was reported to the Newport police, and Sergeant P. Murphy forwarded the particulars to Coroner Cole, who had diagnosed from Dr. Esler's opinion that death was due to heart failure and senile decay. Accordingly an inquiry was dispensed with. Deceased who was upwards of 75 years of age, resided in Dalgarno street. For many years he was identifted with the Alfred Graving Dock as watchman, where he was generally respected, being of a most kindly and obliging disposition. He was fomerly attached to the Victorian Navy. Deceased left a widow and grown-up family. On Tuesday the remains were interred in the local necropolis.

Williamstown Chronicle, 4 July 1914

courtesy of Donna Woolrich.


More information

* 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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