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Digital Image - Portrait of Sergeant Frederick Kemp, Torpedo Corps, Victoria, circa 1885 Image Reg. No: MM 112620

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Portrait of Sergeant Frederick Kemp, Torpedo Corps, Victoria, circa 1885.

Kemp, assistant astronomer at Melbourne Observatory from 1873 to 1914, was a Sergeant in the Victorian Torpedo Corps, probably because Robert Ellery, Government Astronomer, was a Major in the Volunteer Forces in charge of the Torpedo Corps.

The Torpedo Corps was established in 1873 to protect Melbourne and Port Philip Bay from enemy ships. The 'torpedos' were in fact mines that could be detonated at a distance via electrical cables.
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Portrait of Sergeant Frederick Kemp, Torpedo Corps, Victoria, circa 1885
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Barbara Dowling, 2010
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: defence workers
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
Person Depicted: Mr Frederick Kemp, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1885

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