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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

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


Last Name:Hunter
First Name:James
Rank:Able Seaman
Birth Date: 00-00-1846
Branch:Victorian Navy

James Hunter

Able seaman

A Victim of the 1881 Torpedo Explosion

Henry (sic) Hunter, aged 35, was a single man, who entered the colonial service as A.B. on the 8th April, 1878. He had previously been in the Royal Navy. The Argus, 7 March 1881

Although James Hunter survived the explosion he died soon after being taken on board Cerberus.

"Hunter's chest was heaving, and he was still breathing. It was about half an hour before the doctor said he was dead. His injuries were chiefly in the head." The Argus, 11 March 1881.



Memorial to those who died in the 1881 Torpedo Explosion off Queenscliff.
photo by David Joy 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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