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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

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


Last Name:Farrington
First Name:Robert Henry
Rank:Able Seaman
Birth Date: 26-07-1864
Branch:Victorian Navy

Robert Henry Farrington

Leading Seaman


Date of entry 21 July 1900.










 Prot  5' 8½"  38½"  Slight  Dark Grey    

From Volunteer Listing kept by CPO Goding & held by grandson Lawrence Dilks, Williamstown. Compared with China Contingent List. Prepared by Ada Ackerly, Directory Williamstown Museum, c 1987.


More details on this person can be found in the Victorian Navy Certificates of Service This is a very large pdf file of 109 mb and takes 13 minutes to download with a 1.5 mbps internet connection.



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

The Australian War Memorial holds Robert's Certificate of Service which states that he was sworn in in July 1900 for service in China. 


Awarded the Edward VII Long Service and Good Conduct Medal which was presented on 1 April 1907 and is held by the Australian War Memorial.

Awarded to Able Seaman Robert Henry Farrington who served with the Victorian Naval Contingent in China in 1900. He embarked aboard SS Salamis on 30 July 1900 and returned to Australia in SS Chingtu on 14 April 1901. Farrington was born on 26 July 1861 at Shirley, Hampshire, England. He joined the Victorian Colonial Navy in December 1888. By 1897 he had been awarded three Good Conduct Stripes. Farrington continued in the navy after his service in the Boxer Uprising in China and was awarded the Naval Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in 1904. He transferred to the Royal Australian Navy in 1911, as a petty officer, and was made a member of the instructional staff. He saw no sea-going service during the First World War and was discharged in 1923.



* 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.

Information & photographs of men who served in the Victorian Naval Forces is eagerly sought. Please contact the webmaster.