Digital Image - Torpedo Corps Training, Melbourne, circa 1880s Image Reg. No: MM 112619

Image showing the Victorian Torpedo Corps at training exercise, probably at Williamstown, circa 1880s.

The Torpedo Corps was established in 1873 to protect Melbourne and Port Philip Bay from enemy ships. The 'torpedoes' were in fact mines that could be detonated at a distance via electrical cables. Robert Ellery, Government Astronomer, was a Major in the Volunteer Forces in charge of the Torpedo Corps.
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Description Of Content:
Members of the Victorian Torpedo Corps in training to lay a mine or torpedo in Port Phillip Bay.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Barbara Dowling, 2010
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: naval forces, mines
Themes this item is part of: Victorian Volunteer Forces, 1854-1884
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Engineers Corps
Tertiary Classification: personnel
Format: Digital Still Image: Sepia
Organisation Depicted: Victorian Torpedo Corps, Williamstown, Victoria, Australia, circa 1880s

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