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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

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


Last Name:Biddlecombe
First Name:Tom Wyburn
Birth Date:
Branch:Victorian Navy

Tom Wyburn Biddlecombe

Commander Tom Wyburn Biddlecombe, news of whose death in the North Sea has just been cabled, was one of the little band of naval men who, before the Australian navy came into being, helped to keep guard on Melbourne with the elderly warboats of that time.

The Graphic of Australia, 21 September 1917

Possible confused with John Biddlecombe

* 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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