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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

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

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Last Name:Blair
First Name:Samuel James
Rank:Chief Petty Officer
Birth Date: 00-00-1858
Branch:Victorian Navy

Samuel James Blair

Chief Petty Officer

Died 8/11/1925 aged 67 1925 at Queenscliff 

Father Abraham BLAIR 

Mother Mary ERSKINE  

details courtesy of Geoffrey Bensley


 

ACCIDENT AT NAVAL DEPOT.

On Wednesday forenoon a painful accident occurred at the Torpedo Depot to Mr. Samuel Blair, engineroorm artificer, aged 50. The injured man was engaged in burnishing a brass plate when some of the mechanism in use collapsed, striking him hard in the face, breaking his spectacles and inflicting numerous cuts. He was taken to Dr Ester's surgery in Douglas Parade, who extracted the broken pieces of glass and sewed up the cuts. After which he was taken to his home off Dover road, near Steredore street. Previously the patient had suffered the loss of one eye through accident. The injured man is a brother of Chief Gunner Blair.

The Williamstown Chronicle, 24 December 1910


 

FISHERMAN FOUND DEAD.

Samuel James Blair, fisherman, aged 67, was yesterday afternoon found dead in his cottage, Bridge street Queenscliff. The discovery was made by Mr. Blair's son, who called at his father's cottage about 3 o'clock The man was found lying on the floor, near his bed, in his night attire and had apparently been dead for hours. It is believed that Mr. Blair collapsed when going to bed on Saturday night.

The Argus, 9 November 1925


 

Brother of Gunner John Erskine Blair (Victorian Navy)

 


* 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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