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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

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


Last Name:McNeill
First Name:John
Birth Date: 00-00-1847
Branch:Victorian Navy

John McNeil


A very old and highly esteemed resident, Mr. John McNeil, died at his residence, 13 Delgarno street, on Monday morning last, after, an illness of three weeks' duration. Born at Argyle, Scotland, he was 76 years of and had resided in this city for over 50 years. For many years he was employed in the Customs, from which he retired on a pension. As a young man he was associated with the Victorian Navy. During municipal elections he was a very active worker, and his familiar figure about the city will be greatly missed. The funeral took place on Tuesday afternoon, leaving his residence for intenment in the local cemetery. The large number of friends assembled testified the esteem in which deceased was held. The pall-bearers were Councilors T. D. Compton, F. S. Wilcher, H. Neal, and Messrs. H. Claringbould, E. Parish, G. Lawson, T. Fitzpatrick, and A. F. Mills. The funeral arrangements were efficiently carried out by Mr. Ernest W. Jackson. The Rev. H. Moynihan (St. Mary's) officiated at Cemetery.

Williamstown Chronicle, 20 October 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.

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