These are the figureheads from HMS Ajax and HMS Bulldog. I was very interested in the name HMS Ajax as I knew my brother had served on a ship with that name but it obviously wasn't this one. This one had been launched in 1809 and had seen action in both the Napoleonic and Crimean wars. The ship was broken up in 1864 after being used as a coastguard vessel. My brother's ship was a frigate which was removed from service in 1988. I hadn't realised that the names of ships are used many times.
Whilst in Melbourne last month I came across other figureheads on display by the river Yarra. I do not think that these are original figureheads but a representation of the ships that use to travel along the river. Maybe someone can enlighten me.