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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

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


Last Name:Morone
First Name:Philip
Rank:1st Class Petty Officer
Birth Date: 00-00-1841
Branch:Naval Brigade - Williamstown

Philip Morone

aka Philipo Moroni

1st Class Petty Officer


Born: 1841, Rome, Italy.
Married: 1 January, 1867, Barbara Summers, Williamstown, Victoria.
Died: 28 December 1922, Williamstown, Victoria.
Children:   Arthur, Andrew, Ginevera, Anibel, Philip (Phil), Barbara & Eva Isabel.

Mentioned in the Volunteers Land Warrants Board, Additional Report, 1871 and so would have served from at least 1866 in the Volunteer Naval Brigade. After 1871 Phillip served in the Naval Reserve and then after 1885, in the Naval Brigade. Philip may also have served in the Royal Australian Naval Reserve after federation.

Philip Morone in 1904, aged 63.
Photo courtesy of David Mallinder.


Employed as a Ballaster in 1869.

Trade & Customs Appointments
Promoted from Fireman, Public Works Department, to Engine Driver dated from 23rd March 1889.

Victorian Government Gazette, 19 July 1889

Retired from Commonwealth Customs & Excise Office 1 April 1904.


As Philip's Victoria Volunteer Long & Efficient Service Medal states that he served in the Williamstown Naval Brigade, this indicates that his medal was issued after 1885 and before 1894, when the type II medals were issued.

Below is Philip's Victoria Volunteer Long & Efficient Service Medal modified so as to be worn as a badge. This is one of only 61 of these medals issued to members of the Victorian Naval Forces. See the medals webpage for more information.

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P. Morone 1st C. Petty Off. N. B. Williamstown.
(P. Morone, 1st Class Petty Officer, Naval Brigade Williamstown.)

Medal purchased by Friends of the Cerberus in 2014 through the generosity of Ken Booth, Peter Webster, John Rogers, John Torpey, Greg Candy, Jim Purvis, Terry Davidson, Gary Grimmer, Olivier Jordan, Adrian & Rachel Roads, Peter Robinson, the Antique Arms Collectors Guild, Greg Swinden, Anna Larkin, Ian Harvey, Geoff O'Kearney, John Toogood, Peter Schilling and John Trewarne

 Medal photos and details courtesy of David Mallinder.


Philip's Ancient Order of Foresters Certificate
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* 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.