Bates, H.

[Passenger list, "KOOMBANA" 37, compiled 12 April 1912, Adelaide Steamship Company. provided to the author by the late Malcolm Barker]

List of passengers known to have been bound for Broome.

From Fremantle


Smith, William * Passage paid Broome by Mrs. Goddard. Resided

at Bagot Road, Subiaco. Worked passage and

gave his ticket to his mate H. Bates (reported

by Mrs. Wheeler, 333 Hay Street, Perth).

John Smith resides at Metcalf Street, Wallsend,

via Newcastle, N.S.W.


Bates, H. * See above


Note * signifies that the person indicated is supposed to have booked ahead.

[Passenger list, "KOOMBANA" 37, compiled 04 June 1912, Adelaide Steamship Company. Broome Historical Society]

List of passengers known to have been bound for Derby.

From Fremantle




Bates J. * Shearer.


* Signifies that persone indicated had been reported by relative

or friends as having travelled and presumably booked on board.

["Loss of the Koombana", The Northern Times (Carnarvon, WA), Saturday 13 April 1912,]


Perth, April 12.

The Adelaide S.S. Company advises the following additions to the passenger list of the Koombana:--

Bates, steerage, for Broome.

George Lawrence, shearer, for Derby.

Both booked on board.


["The Koombana", The Murchison Times and Day Dawn Gazette (Cue, WA), Saturday 13 April 1912, page 3]

Perth, Friday.

There are no further tidings of the s.s. Koombana. The Adelaide Shipping Company advises the following additions to the passenger list of the Koombana: Bates, steerage for Broome, George Lawrence, shearer for Derby. Both booked aboard. Others known to be on the vessel are:-Smith (Broome), Gilbert and Bailey (Broome), Smith (Derby), and Taylor (proceeding to Derby under engagement to Mr. Piper).

["The Koombana", The West Australian, Friday 12 April 1912, page 7]



The Adelaide S.S. Company advises the following additions to the passenger list of the Koombana:--H. Bates, steerage, for Broome, and Geo. H. Lawrence, a shearer, whose wife resides at Woodlupine, for Derby, both of whom booked on board. Of the others known to be on the vessel, W. Smith, a passenger for Broome, had been residing in Bagot-road, Subiaco; Gilbert Bailey, for Broome, had two brothers in Somersetshire, England. and had friends at Maylands; and W. Smith, a passenger for Derby had a father residing at Gaffneys' Creek, Victoria. Mr. A. S. Tayler, who was amongst the unfortunate Koombana's passenger, was well known in the Gingin district, having worked for Mr. G. J. Gooch. Mr. Taylor was a native of Berkshire, England, and landed at Fremantle in November last by the s.s. Uganda. He wis proceeding to Derby under engagement to Mr. Piper.


["Action by Australian Workers's Union", The West Australian, Thursday 30 May 1912, page 8]


Among those who lost their lives on the Koombana were a number of men--about 20 in all, so far as can be officially ascertained--who were proceeding to the shearing sheds in the North-West. These men were members of the Australian Workers' Union, and their mates on the Upper Liveringa Station have subscribed and forwarded to the head office of the Union in Perth the sum of 50 15s. 6d. to be distributed among the widows and orphans of their late comrades. The secretary of the union (Mr. T. L. Brown) has obtained authority from the headquarters of the Union in the Eastern States to forward subscription lists throughout the shearing sheds in this State in order to augment the amount already donated.