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AUSTEN, Charles John, Rear-Admiral (1779-1852)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 AUS/101-163

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: AUSTEN, Charles John, Rear-Admiral (1779-1852)

Date(s): 1815-1852

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 2 1/2ft; 76cm

Name of creator(s): Austen | Charles John | 1779-1852 | Rear Admiral


Administrative/Biographical history:

Austen, younger brother of Francis William Austen (q.v.) and of Jane Austen, the novelist, entered the Navy in 1794, was promoted to lieutenant in 1797 and to captain in 1810. After service on the North American and Mediterranean Stations, he was from 1815 engaged in the suppression of piracy in the Aegean until his ship, the PHEONIX, was lost in a heavy gale off Smyrna in February 1816. He served as second-in-command of the Jamaica Station from 1826 to 1828 and his success in the suppression of the slave trade led to his nomination as Flag-Captain of the WINCHESTER, North American and West Indies Station, 1830. He was invalided after an accident in 1830 and was not re-employed until appointed to the BELLEROPHON in 1838. He served in her in the Mediterranean, where he was present at the bombardment of Acre in November 1840, until she was paid off in 1841. He was made rear-admiral in 1846 but saw no further employment until 1850 when he was appointed Commander-in-Chief, East Indies, flying his flag in the HASTINGS. He died in Burma while still in this command.


Scope and content/abstract:

Diaries of Charles John Austen: a complete series of sixty-three diaries kept between 1 January 1815 and 31 December 1852.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

By volume

Conditions governing access:

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Conditions governing reproduction:

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Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue online at the National Maritime Museum website.


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The papers have been on loan from Commander D.P. Willan, RN., since 1962.



Archivist's note: Entry transcribed from the National Maritime Museum online catalogue by Sarah Drewery, May 2011.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: May 2011

Maritime warfare | Warfare | Military engineering
Naval history | History
Naval operations | Military operations | Military engineering
Ships | Vehicles | Transport
Slavery | Social structure

Personal names
Austen | Charles John | 1779-1852 | Rear Admiral

Corporate names
Royal Navy

Mediterranean Sea | Seas
North America