Biography

Birth date: 7 November 1861
Birth place: India
Death date: 1937
Final rank: Captain
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Robert Alexander Thomas Wilson was born in India on 7 November 1861. A sailor in the merchant navy, he served on ships which made port in Melbourne, Newcastle and Sydney. On 23 December 1914 he was appointed master (captain) of the captured German SS Hessen later renamed HMAT Bulla. By September 1920 he was now the captain of the SS Barambah and was highly regarded by the passengers of his ships as evidenced by the autograph gifts given to him in thanks of his kindness and hard work. His work as a captian is mentioned in Volume 9 of the Official History of Australia in the War of 1914-1918, The Royal Australian Navy, 1914-1918 by Arthur W. Jose.

Rolls and Awards

Private Record

Wilson, Robert Alexander Thomas (Captain, Mercantile Marine)

Collection relating to the First World War service of Captain Robert Alexander Thomas Wilson, Mercantile Marine. Collection consists of two books/folders of autographs; and a certificate of appointment. Maker: Various

2DRL/0969 (With records)

Digitised Collection

Certificate of Robert Alexander Thomas Wilson

Certificate relating to First World War Service of Captain Robert Alexander Thomas Wilson. This ceritficate appoints Wilson as Master of Steamship A.45 (later "Hessen"), 23 December, 1914.

RCDIG0000256

Autograph book of Robert Alexander Thomas Wilson

Autograph book relating to the First World War service of Captain Robert Alexander Thomas Wilson. This book contains autographs and artwork, and was presented to Wilson by the NCOs and ORs of Quota No. 65 on the return voyage to Australia, September-October, 1919.

RCDIG0000257

Autograph folder of Robert Alexander Thomas Wilson

Autograph folder relating to the First World War service of Captain Robert Alexander Thomas Wilson. This folder was presented to Wilson by repatriated soldiers, SS Barambah, 5 September, 1920.

RCDIG0000258

Timeline

Date of birth 1861-11-7
Date of death 1937