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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

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


Last Name:Foster
First Name:James
Rank:Able Seaman
Birth Date: 14-06-1866
Branch:Naval Brigade - Sandridge (Pt. Melb)

James Foster

Able Seaman 

 Tallying on the Cerberus
The Leader, 28 July 1900.
courtesy of Newspaper Collection, State Library of Victoria.

If the number on his hammock bag is 138 then third from the right is James Foster.

Identification by John Underwood.

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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