On This Day
1850-1899 > Colonial Navies & RN
On This Day - 1850-1899
- November 25, 1899
The Naval Brigade from HMS POWERFUL, a flagship of the Australia Station, fought in the Battle of Graspan against the Boers in South Africa.
- June 28, 1899
HMS PIONEER, (3rd class cruiser), later HMAS PIONEER, was launched at Chatham, England.
- January 7, 1899
VADM Sir John Collins, KBE, CB, was born at Deloraine, TAS.
- April 28, 1898
HMVS NELSON was decommissioned and sold out of service.
- February 2, 1898
CAPT R. P. Minifie, DSC and two Bars, an Australian who served with the RNAS, was born in Melbourne. Minifie was Australia’s youngest air ace of the First World War, being credited with shooting down 21 enemy aircraft.
- November 1, 1897
RADM Hugo L. Pearson, RN, was appointed Flag Officer Commanding the Australia Station. His flagship was HMS ROYAL ARTHUR.
- October 15, 1897
The NSW Naval Brigade, commanded by CAPT Hixson, carried out gunfiring exercises at Port Macquarie, NSW.
- September 5, 1896
The Government of New South Wales handed over the Garden Island Naval Base to the Admiralty.
- April 16, 1895
The RN Depot at Circular Quay, Sydney, was transferred to Garden Island.
- November 1, 1894
RADM Cyprian A. G. Bridge, RN, was appointed Flag Officer Commanding the Australia Station. His flagship was HMS ORLANDO.