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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

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


Last Name:Doyle
First Name:James Drummond
Birth Date:
Branch:Naval Torpedo Corps

James Drummond Doyle


To rank with but after Sub-Lieutenants in the Naval Forces and with Sub-Lieutenants in the Naval Reserve, according to date of Commission. Victorian Government Gazette, 28 March 1879.

In addition to the officers and regular crew, Messrs. Murray, Houston, Scriber, and Doyle, electricians of the Telegraph department, were on board. The Argus, 7 March 1881


James Drummond Doyle, chief officer at the Spencer street station telegraph office, and electrican in the Naval Torpedo Corps, was one of the electricans on board the Cerberus on the 5th. The Argus, 11 March 1881

James twice declared on oath and later reaffirmed that he has seen a two ounce cartridge of dynamite on the binnacle which may have been placed in the torpedo. Appendix to Torpedo Report.


Name inscribed on the Silver Soup Tureen presented to Paymaster James Arthur Thompson by members of the crew of HMVS Cerberus and the Naval Torpedo Corps connected with the Torpedo Accident in 1881.

photograph courtesy of Shirley & David Joy.
Mystery of the Silver Soup Tureen  

Resigned as Electrician in the Naval Torpedo Corps. Victorian Government Gazette, 19 January 1884

* 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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