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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

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


Last Name:Johnsson
First Name:August
Rank:Able Seaman
Birth Date: 00-00-1848
Branch:Victorian Navy

August Johnsson

Able Seaman


August's sea chest, minus the lift out tray contains a Catholic Bible.

August Johnsson was born in Eagleholm, Sweden. At the age of 35 he joined the Victorian Naval Force. He served continuously until 1910 seeing service in HMVS Nelson, HMVS Cerberus & with the China Contingent at the Boxer Rebellion.

Sea Chest photographed courtesy of The Museum of HMAS Cerberus.


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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