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
Donation from Barbara Dowling, Dec 2010
Digital Still Image, Sepia
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