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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

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

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Last Name:James
First Name:Ebenezer
Rank:Chaplain
Birth Date: 11-03-1841
Branch:Victorian Navy

Ebenezer James

Chaplain

 

Ebenezer James in 1896

Photo courtesy of the Mission to Seafarers Victoria.

 

 The Standard, 14 April 1900

courtesy of the Mission to Seafarers Victoria.

 

 

The Standard, 21 April 1900

courtesy of the Mission to Seafarers Victoria.

 

 

In Affectionate Remembrance

EBENEZER JAMES

LATE
CHAPLAIN TO THE NAVAL FORCES OF VICTORIA
AND
THE VICTORIAN SEAMAN'S MISSION

This Stone is Erected
BY FRIENDS OF ALL NATIONALITIES AND CREEDS
AS A MARK OF ESTEEM
FOR HIS UNSELFISH AND CONSISTENT CHRISTIAN
EFFORTS FOR THE SOCIAL AND MORAL ADVANCEMENT OF
OUR SAILORS
AND
IN RECOGNITION OF THE FACT THAT TO HIS
INDEFATIGABLE AND PRAISEWORTHY EXERTIONS
THE STAMPING OUT IN VICTORIA OF THE CRUEL
AND DEGRADING MARITIME CURSE OF 'CRIMPING'
WAS MAINLY DUE.

BORN 11TH MARCH 1841 DIED 14TH JULY 1901

"A GOOD DEED IS NEVER LOST, HE WHO SOWS
COURTESY REAPS FRIENDSHIP. AND HE WHO
PLANTS KINDNESS GATHERS LOVE." BASIL

Also
CLARE E. JAMES
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 30TH OCTOBER 1922,
AGED 74 YEARS

 
Text of Tombstone in the Melbourne Cemetery
 

The reference to crimping (sometimes known as 'pressing' or 'press-ganging') refers to the act of 'recruiting' sailors by force, false pretences or while comotose. Once on board a vessel at sea, they had little option but to become part of the crew. 

from Tour of Melbourne Cemetry website


 

The Rev E. James, the chaplain of the brigade, also spoke. When he joined the brigade he had felt fit to either preach or fight under a commander like Captain Fullarton. The Argus, 30 June 1892


 

Listed as Rev. E. James, "Egmont," Evans Street, Port Melbourne in The Forty Second Annual Report of the Executive Committee of the Victorian Seamens Mission for the Year Ended 31st December 1899.


 

Notes on Ebenezer's activities at the Mission to Seafarers courtesy of Monica Cronin, Mission to Seafarers.

 


  

Obituary courtesy of the Mission to Seafarers Victoria.


* 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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