[SS "Koombana": list of crew as per copy of Articles at shipping office, Fremantle, Adelaide Steamship Company, April 1912. provided to the author by Jean Northover, City Beach, Western Australia]

THE CREW AGE BIRTHPLACE

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W.P. Black, pantryman 28 South Australia

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["Story of the Koombana", The Sunday Times (Perth, WA), Sunday 31 March 1912, page 12]

"W. P. Black, pantryman"

["The Crew", The West Australian, Wednesday 03 April 1912, page 7]

The following is the complete crew which left with the vessel, according to the records in the Adelaide Co.'s office:--

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J. Coughlan, fore cabin steward; H. Stanley, bar and store keeper; G. A. Gee, saloon waiter; W. P. Black, pantryman; H. Bow, night watchman; Walter Tutt, chief cook;..

["The Koombana", The West Australian, Saturday 30 March 1912, page 11]

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PASSENGERS AND CREW.

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Mr. Black, the pantry man, is a son of Mr. James Black, of Penola, in the same State.

["Missing South Australians", The Argus (Melbourne), Saturday 30 March 1912, page 19]

ADELAIDE, Friday.

Mr. Kinley, the second officer of the missing steamer Koombana, is the only son of Mr. W. H. Kinley, of Mount Gambier. It is thought that Black, the pantryman of the steamer, is the son of Mr. James Black, of Penola, South Australia.

["The Nor'-West Cyclone", The Western Argus (Kalgoorlie, WA), Tuesday 02 April 1912, page 34]

Koombana's Second Officer

Pantryman of Vessel.

Their Identity.

Adelaide, March 29.

W. R. A. Kinley, the second officer of the missing steamer Koombana, is the only son of Mr. W. H. Kinley, of Mt. Gambier.

It is thought likely that Black, the pantryman of the steamer, is the son of Mr. James Black, of Penola.

["No News of the Koombana", The Sunday Times (Perth, WA), Sunday 31 March 1912, page 1]

OFFICERS AND CREW

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Mr. Black, the pantryman, is thought to be a son of Mr. James Black, of Penola, South Australia.

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

OFFICIAL LIST OF CREW

The following official list of the names of the crew who signed on the s.s. Koombana's articles and who were supposed to have gone in the vessel is supplied by the Shipping Master of Fremantle (Captain T. W. Smith). The age, birthplace, and capacity of each member is given:--

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W. P. Black, 28, South Australia, pantryman;

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[Wreck of the KOOMBANA - letters re men's estates, Correspondence between the office of the Chief Harbourmaster, Fremantle, and the families of lost crewmembers, Harbour and Lights Department, 1912. State Records Office of Western Australia, AN16/5 Cons 1056 Item 062]

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A statutory declaration from a Fremantle tailor...

"I, James Herbert Stevenson, of High Street, Fremantle, in the State of Western Australia, Tailors and Mercers, do Solemnly and Sincerely declare that:-

the estate of the late Mr. Black steward on R.M.S Koombana is indebted to us to the amount of one pound seventeen shillings and that the record of this debt as contained in our books is absolutely true and correct.

Declared at Fremantle this 24th day of April 1912."

Signed J.H. Stevenson

Witnessed A.E. Nady, Justice of the Peace.

[Wreck of the KOOMBANA - letters re men's estates, Correspondence between the office of the Chief Harbourmaster, Fremantle, and the families of lost crewmembers, Harbour and Lights Department, 1912. State Records Office of Western Australia, AN16/5 Cons 1056 Item 062]

A letter from Isabella Black in beautiful, careful hand..

Penola

August 8th

1912

To

South Australian Steamship co

Fremantle

W.A.

Dear Sir,

Will you kindly let me know

if there was any money coming to

my son William Patrick Black

who was lost on the wrecked "Koombana."

Also if he was insured under "The

Workmen's Compensation Act" or

any other Insurance Co.

&. Oblige

Isabella Black.

Address-

Mrs James Black

Penola

South. Aust.

[Wreck of the "Koombana" - photocopy of material relating to, Harbour and Lights Department, Western Australia, 1912, State Records Office of Western Australia. Series 1618, Cons. 5055, Item 001, see Koombana Relief Fund correspondence]

Mr. Hare.

The following enquiries have been addressed to us in regard to persons supposed to have been lost in the s.s. "KOOMBANA":-

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(5) Mrs. B. Black, 71, Gill Street, Pembroke Place,

Liverpool - enquiries as to husband.

(Yuills say name of W.P. Black, Pantryman, ap-

pears on their official list, but letter from Mrs.

Black does not indicate that the person lost is

actually her husband).

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["Obituary Mr. James Black", Border Watch (Mount Gambier, SA), Saturday 19 December 1942, page 1]

OBITUARY MR. JAMES BLACK -

RACING MAN AND FOOTBALLER.

Mr. James Black, whose death occurred in the Penola District Hospital on November 24, after an illness lasting six weeks, was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Black, and he was born at Penola on June 16, 1859. He was thus 83 years of age.

In 1881 he was married at Penola to Miss Isabella Gray, and they had a family of five, four sons and one daughter. The surviving sons are Roderick, Melbourne, and Cyril, Penola. Another son, William, was lost at sea when the Koombana was wrecked; and Thomas died of wounds in the 1st A.I.F. His daughter is Mrs. Ben Jaensch Hartley, of Penola. His wife predeceased him six months ago. He had four brothers John, Robert, and Nathaniel (deceased), and Richard, Penola. Mrs. Mary Butler, Largs Bay, is a sister.

Mr. Black was keenly interested in racing, and during his long life at Penola he had raced many good horses, among them being Bells Hurrah, Comaum, Young Warsloop, Tres Bien, and more recently Commedio, a winner of the Mount Gambier Cup and other good races. He was a past President and life member of the Penola Racing Club. As well as racing, he took a keen interest in all kinds of sport, especially football and he was a playing member of the first football team in the South-East in 1875. He was a Justice of the Peace and held office for 33 years.

He was a member of the Penola District Council for many years.

He was a member of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, and the funeral service at the grave was conducted by the Rev. Father Tuite. Mr. Ern James carried out the mortuary arrangements.