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Australia Station
Australia Station Squadron (AWM 304426).jpg
Royal Navy squadron on the Australia Station moored in Sydney in 1880
Active 1859 - ???
Country  United Kingdom
Later,  Australia
Branch  Royal Navy
Later,  Royal Australian Navy


The Australia Station was the British and later Australian naval command responsible for the waters around the Australian continent and British and Australian colonial-possessions in the South Pacific.

From the 1820s the Royal Navy's East Indies Squadron sent a ship annually to the colony of New South Wales and occasionally New Zealand. In 1848 an Australian Division of the East Indies Station was established and the Australia Station was established as an independent command in March 1859.

While it began as a Command of the Royal Navy, it became the responsibility of Australia in 1913, shortly after the formation of the Royal Australian Navy in 1912.

At the time of its establishment the Australia Station covered about 1/6th of the Earth's surface. The area covered by the Australia Station differed throughout its history. The station consisted of the waters around Australia and eastern New Guinea and stretched south to Antarctica at the time of World War II.

Commanders-in-Chief Australia Station

The following is a list of the Royal Navy officers who occupied the post of Commander-in-Chief Australia Station.

Rank Name Term began Term ended
Commander-in-Chief Australia Station
Commodore William Loring 26 March 1859 10 March 1860
Commodore Frederick Beauchamp Paget Seymour 10 March 1860 21 July 1862
Commodore William Farquharson Burnett 21 July 1862 7 February 1863
Commodore William Saltonstall Wiseman 20 April 1863 23 May 1866
Commodore Rochfort Maguire 23 May 1866 28 May 1867
Commodore Rowley Lambert 28 May 1867 8 April 1870
Commodore Frederick Henry Stirling 8 April 1870 22 May 1873
Commodore James Graham Goodenough 22 May 1873 20 August 1875
Commodore Anthony Hiley Hoskins 7 September 1875 12 September 1878
Commodore John Crawford Wilson 12 September 1878 21 January 1882
Commodore James Elphinstone Erskine 21 January 1882 12 November 1884
Rear Admiral George Tryon 12 November 1884 1 February 1887
Rear Admiral Henry Fairfax 1 February 1887 10 September 1889
Rear Admiral Lord Charles Thomas Montagu Douglas Scott 10 September 1889 12 September 1892
Rear Admiral Nathaniel Bowden-Smith 12 September 1892 1 November 1894
Rear Admiral Cyprian Arthur George Bridge 1 November 1894 1 November 1897
Rear Admiral Hugo Lewis Pearson 1 November 1894 1 October 1900
Rear Admiral Sir Lewis Anthony Beaumont KCMG 1 October 1900 10 November 1902
Vice Admiral Sir Arthur Dalrymple Fanshawe KCB 10 November 1902 10 September 1905
Vice Admiral Sir Wilmot Hawksworth Fawkes KCB, KCVO 10 September 1905 31 December 1907
Vice Admiral Sir Richard Poore KCB, CVO 31 December 1907 31 December 1910
Vice Admiral Sir George Fowler King-Hall KCB, CVO 31 December 1910 23 June 1913

References

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