During the Crimean War there was plenty of fear-mongering running about the joint which resulted in the Victorian Volunteer Corps being created to protect the infant Victorian colony alongside the Imperial forces ( no,not the ones from Star Wars, the ones from Britain).
News filtered through in 1854 that there was a Russian squadron cruising the South Pacific (no, not the Hollywood musical, although I'm sure they felt like washing many men out of their hair).
On August 18, 1854 the steamship Great Britain blew in but was forced to park itself out near the heads due to an outbreak of smallpox on board, though the ship had managed to off-load its mail and news of the Crimean War before being quarantined.
On September 7 the ship was declared safe and at 9pm that night it steamed into Port Phillip Bay firing guns and rockets to celebrate.
The volunteer force was called out, reinforced by the