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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

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


Last Name:Gillespie
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Branch:Victorian Navy



Williamstown Naval Depot Men in 1889

The photograph below shows some of the men of the permanent force at the Williamstown Naval Depot in 1889. The men have not only assembled for the photo but also included in the photo a Naval Depot lifebuoy, a torpedo nose cone, and what Peter Webster thinks are either two one pounder quick firing guns or some type of line throwing guns for rescue purposes.

Men at the Williamstown Naval Depot in 1889.
Photo provided by Geoff Dougal.
Click photo to enlarge. We are keen to obtain an even better copy of this photo.

List of Men wrtten on the back of the photograph.

Back row - Eastley, McGrotty, Calloway, Stephens, Hersh, McClean, Sheridan, Darch, Felair.

Middle row - Canton, Skirthon, Stephens, Carpenter, Gillespie, Elton, Farmington, Marr, Kerraton. (9 names for 11 men)

Front row - Eldridge, Richards, Sinclair, Jones.

* 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.

Information & photographs of men who served in the Victorian Naval Forces is eagerly sought. Please contact the webmaster.