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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

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


Last Name:Cole
First Name:Walter
Rank:Able Seaman
Birth Date: 15-05-1864

Walter Cole

Able Seaman

With 53.5 cm. (21 in.) rifled barrel, sighted, stamped 'Starr Arms Co, Yonkers N.Y., the lock and action signed, iron and brass mounts, the walnut stock stamped 'W Cole VNC China 1900 1901' 95.5 cm. (37 1/2 in.) NOTES This rifle was souvenired from the Boxer Rebellion by a member of the Victorian Naval Contingent.


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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