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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

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

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Last Name:Farmer
First Name:W.
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Birth Date: 00-00-1850
Branch:Volunteer Naval Brigade - Williamstown

W. Farmer

Mr. Alex. Paton, of Ferguson-street, has shown us an, old photo, taken by Mr. Andrew Rider in 1863. It depicts the members of the local Naval Brigade Drum and Fife Band, whose conductor was Mr. C. Farmer. With the exception of the drumnmer (Mr. W. Selvidge), all the members were lads about 13 or 14 years of age. Theiir names are:- Tom Murray, John Kilgour, Isaac Rees, John Taverner, C. Bath, Teddy Smith, J. O'Keefe, J. Moore, J. Gibbs, A. Patton, Mat. Elliott, W. Farmer, E. Roche, J. Dalton, J. Burridge.

Williamstown Chronicle, 22 January 1927


* 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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