Victorian Naval Forces Muster
|for the Colony of Victoria. (muster range 1853-1910)*
| Birth Date: ||00-00-1859|
Service Outline: Enlisted in the Victorian Navy and to HMVS Nelson 17th January 1872 according to Public Record Office Crew Register but not located in pay and service records. This might indicate the subject never took up the position on Nelson or elsewhere and/or was a ‘boy’. Remarks: Searched in National Archives of Australia Series B1115, B5520, 5522, 5523, 5524, 5531, 5532, 5534, 5494, 5495, 5519, 5492 and 5493 plus Naval Brigade records circa World War One and Police Gazettes. The subject is probably Thomas HAYES born Ireland 1859 who on 10th January 1872 was committed for absconding from the licensed service of Patrick KEATING of Woodstock on Loddon near Bendigo, Victoria. His mother lived with a man named LEPER at Reedy Creek, Victoria at the time. This would match with the ‘Boy’ not commencing service on Nelson as required.
Research by Neil Smith courtesy of Frank Noonan.
* 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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