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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

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


Last Name:Bryan
First Name:William Arthur
Rank:Able Seaman
Birth Date: 30-05-1877
Branch:Naval Brigade - Williamstown

William (Willie) Arthur Bryan

Able Seaman



A well knowrn citizen of Newport, in the person of Mr. Arthur Bryan, passed. away at 9 Crawford Street, Newport, on Sunday last. The deceased, who was born at South Yarra, leaves a wife and grown-up family to mourn their loss. The late Mr. Bryan had served with the Victorian Navy China Contingent, and was called up for duty in the last war. The funeral took place on Tuesday, the remains being interred in the Williamstown cemetery in the presence of ar large assemlbage of relatives and friends. He had worked at the Bottle Works at Spotswood for many years, urtil his retirement some years ago. The flag draped casket and the service at the grave was conducted by the Catholic priest at Williamstown. Jack Allan, the bugler, sounded the "Last Post" at the graveside, and Mr. M. Pope, the president of the China Navy Contingent, spoke at graveside. Nelson Bros. were the funeral directors.

Williamstown Chronicle, 1 May 1942


Profile in The Australian Illustrated Enclclopaedia of The Boxer Uprising 1899-1901, Justin Corfield, Slouch Hat Publications, McCrae Australia, 2001.


In an article subheaded "Naval Veterans of 89 and 80", in the Williamstown Chronicle on 26 October 1912 Petty Officer W. A. Bryan was listed as receiving a Long Service and Good Conduct Medal for 15 years service. To qualify he would have to have served at least four years in the Victorian Naval Forces.

* 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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