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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

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


Last Name:Fraser
First Name:William
Rank:Able Seaman
Birth Date: 11-07-1869
Branch:Victorian Navy

William Fraser

Able Seaman

details and certficate courtesy of Mavis Austin (nee Fraser)

William was born in Scotland and ran away to sea at the age of 12. He served on a whaler for many years. He also served in the Victorian Navy as an Able Seaman and fought in China as part of the Victorian Contingent. William lived in Williamstown for many years and helped in the scuttling of Cerberus at Half Moon Bay. William's sea chest, with chinese markings, and medals are still in the family's posession.


Profile in The Australian Illustrated Enclclopaedia of The Boxer Uprising 1899-1901, Justin Corfield, Slouch Hat Publications, McCrae Australia, 2001.


More details on this person can be found in the Victorian Navy Certificates of Service This is a very large pdf file of 109 mb and takes 13 minutes to download with a 1.5 mbps internet connection.

* 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.