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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

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


Last Name:Bennet
First Name:Thomas
Birth Date: 31-01-1826
Branch:Victorian Navy

Thomas Bennet


Born 31st January 1826 in Edinburgh Midlothian Scotland.

The diaries of Thomas Bennet mention that he joined HMVS Cerberus on may 9th 1877 and served as an Engineer and left on May 5 1878.  Thomas later became an Engineer Commander in the Queensland Maritime Defence Force and, according to family history, Captain of the colonial warship HMQS Guyandah, as well as serving on the armed tugboat "Otter". 

Thomas tried to enlist during WWI but as he was aged 88 his offer was not accepted. 

Thomas Bennet in the uniform of a Queensland Naval Fores Engineer Commander

Details provided by Ian Carter.

Essay on Thomas Bennet & family 


Appointed First Assistand Engineer on HMVS Cerberus dated 19 February 1877

Victorian Government Gazette, 2 March 1877


Resigned 14 May 1878.

Victorian Government Gazette, 23 May 1878

* 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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