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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

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


Last Name:James
First Name:William
Birth Date: 14-03-1862
Branch:Victorian Navy

William James



photo supplied by Stoker Valda Quick (Victorian Navy)

William James was born in Hobart on the 14th March 1862. He was left a widower when his wife died in 1898 the same year she gave birth to their second daughter and also the same year that his eldest daughter died age 2 or 3 years. In 1900 her served in the Boxer uprising with the Victorian Naval Brigade.  It is unkown when he died. details supplied by Ian Watkins.


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


* 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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