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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

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


Last Name:Anderson
First Name:Andrew (Charles)
Rank:Able Seaman
Birth Date: 21-10-1866
Branch:Naval Brigade - Sandridge (Pt. Melb)

Andrew (Charles) Anderson

Able Seaman

Abie-seaman A. Anderson, of Williamstown (Victoria), who returned, from China in the steamer Guthrie, is the last member of the Victorian Naval Contingent to reach home. While on police duty at Tientsin, Anderson was passed by a number of brawlers, principally French, and immediately afterwards he was struck from behind and rendered insensible. When he was picked up it was found, says the Melbourne "Age,"' that he had received two terrible sword cuts, one down the left side of the head and the other across the back of the neck. He has "now recovered from these wounds.

The Adelaide Advertiser, 12 June 1901

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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