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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

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


Last Name:Adeney
First Name:John Henry (Harry)
Birth Date: 30-10-1862
Branch:Victorian Navy

John Henry (Harry) Adeney

Sub-Lieutenant (probationary)

Captain Adeney & the boys of the Ballarat Naval Brigade on board USS Virginia.
Photo - Collection: Ballarat Historical Society


Served as a probationary Sub-Lieutenant from 27 October 1890 until 8 May 1893. 

Victorian Government Gazette, 31 October 1890 and 12 May 1893.


Ballarat Boy's Naval Brigade.

"A private Boy's Naval Brigade had been founded at Ballarat in 1903 by Lieutenant John Adeney, ex the Victorian Colonial Navy, British Merchant Navy mariner, and Harbour Master, his father, the first vicar of St Peters Church of England at Ballarat."



In 1908 the Ballarat Boys Naval Brigade requested rail passes so they could travel to Melbourne to see the Great White Fleet. This request was rejected by the Victorian government. When the premier, Thomas Bent, suggested that the boys, whose youngest member was aged nine, should walk to Melbourne, they did just that. Public opinion ensured that rail passes were provided for the return trip.

Boys of the Ballarat Naval Brigade marching to Melbourne.
Photo - Collection: Ballarat Historical Society



born 30 Oct 1862, Geelong Vic
died 1 Jan 1946, Hampton Vic
occupation Sea Captain and Farmer


* 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.