31a["Tenders Called For", The Argus (Melbourne), Wednesday 29 December 1909, page 6]
TENDERS CALLED FOR.
In our advertising columns tenders are called for for a steamer to search for the missing Waratah.
31b["The Waratah", The Argus (Melbourne), Friday 31 December 1909, page 5]
LONDON EXPERTS PESSIMISTIC.
LONDON, Dec. 30.
Acting on instructions from his Government, Sir John Taverner, Agent General for Australia, is negotiating for the services of a steamer to proceed to the Crozet Islands in search of the missing Lund liner Waratah. He finds that the general opinion of experts is that further search is hopeless. They declare that if the the Waratah were afloat she would have drifted to Australia by now.
31c["Five Tenders Received", The Argus (Melbourne), Saturday 08 January 1910, page 19]
A SEARCH VESSEL.
FIVE TENDERS RECEIVED.
Five tenders to supply a steamer for the proposed further search for the Waratah were yesterday before the citizens' committe that is dealing with the matter. Additional information was desired about them, and full consideration as to the acceptance of one was deferred until this has been obtained. The cable message that had been received by the Premier (Mr. Murray) from the Agent-General (Sir John Taverner), in which an intimation was made that the steamer Wakefield, which leaves Durban for Adelaide about the end of January, would undertake the search at a cost of £3,000, was discussed. It was urged that the committee should know whether the Wakefield could complete the survey, going not only to the islands, but crossing and recrossing on the unexplored track over to Australia. It was resolved to elicit further information on this point.