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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

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


Last Name:Evans
First Name:John David
Birth Date:
Branch:Volunteer Naval Brigade

John David Evans

John Evans was a master mariner and followed the sea from the age of 9 years when he ran away from his home in Wales. He went to America, and was on the Boston to California run, via cape Horn, before joining one of the first exploration parties to cross the continent. he voyaged to Port Phillip and visited his relative George Evans, who had fought under Nelson in the Baltic, and after making several voyages as a whaling master, settled at Williamstown. He was awarded a sword of honour by the Confederate states of America during the Civil war and became champion swordsman of the Victorian Naval Forces. John Evans died and was buried at Williamstown.

excerpt from Deeds not Words, Wilson P. Evans, The Hawthorn Press, Melbourne 1971, page 85

The book, Deeds not Words by Wilson (Bill) P. Evans, The Hawthorn Press, Melbourne 1971 is dedicated to John David Evans.

* 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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