13[Fred Clinch, letter to his wife Eliza, Sunday 17 March 1912, written aboard Koombana and posted at Onslow, original retained by family]


17th March 1912

Dear Eliza

This St. Pats "seventeenth

of Old Ireland" we are nearing Onslow

after a nice smooth run. There are a

good number of passengers a good few

who are Derby people whom I know.

I canít get over poor Eileen breaking

up so at my departure, she said "Donít

go away Papa" as though she had some

instinctive presentiment of ill fore-

boding, no doubt she feels a bit

lonely going into a situation.

When Eileen takes up studies

in the continuation classes it would

perhaps as well for her to take up

the subjects which are required in

the civil service examinations. English

of course she will have to learn, then

their is arithmetic which she particularly

needs, and other subjects necessary, then

at some future time after passing she

might get the offer of a good situation

in the civil service which would perhaps

be better than the private one she may be holding.

You will not forget to remind Mr.

Hawkings to pay my salary in on

the 15th May, it is more than likely

to slip his memory as it did last year.

I shall not be back at Derby after

leaving there untill about the 25th May.

There is nothing else I can

think of needs attention so shall say

good bye with love to yourself & children.

I remain

Your affectionate husband


Note: Fred Clinch had a £500 life insurance policy with the AMP Society.

The above letter was apparently presented by Eliza as evidence that Fred

had indeed been aboard Koombana and was rightly considered lost at sea.

In the margin of the letter is the following endorsement:

"C" This is the letter marked "C"

in the annexed affidavit

of Eliza Ellen Clinch sworn before

me this 31st day of July 1912

[signature] Charles [unclear]

A/g Commissioner [unclear]