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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

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


Last Name:Cairns
First Name:Robert
Birth Date:
Branch:Victorian Navy

Robert Cairns

As Robert Cairns was a member of the survey party under Captain H. J. Stanley (RN) on HMCS Victoria between 1872 and 1877, and later served as a Chief Gunner in the Royal Australian Navy, he most likely also served in the Victorian Navy between 1877 and 1901.

Details from the Portland Guardian, 21 March 1921, courtesy of Helen Herbel.

* 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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