[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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J. Blades, second grade steward 21 Middlesborough

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

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P. Farrance, A. Deeham, C. H. Benedict, Edward Wardlaw, J. Hughes, J. Blades, A. Salkild, S. W. Reynolds, F. J. Winpenny, Wm. Dick, James Crosbie, Wm. Cant, R. Davies, W. Burkin, H. Smith and P. Finnerty, stewards.

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["Officers and Crew", The Sunday Times (Perth, WA), Sunday 31 March 1912, page 1]

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Several stewards, whose names appear on the articles of the Koombana, may not have joined the vessel. Captain Smith, the Port shipping master, asks that in this event the men who did not go should notify him.

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["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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P. Farrance, A. Deerham, C. H. Benedicte, E. Wardlaw, J. Hughes, J. Blades, A. Salkild, S. W. Reynolds, F. J. Winpenny, Wm. Dick, James Crosbie, Wm. Cant, R. Davis, W. Burkin, H. Smith, and P. Finnerty, stewards.

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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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J. Blades, 21, Middlesboro, assistant steward;

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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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Letter marked as received by ASS Coy, Fremantle, 17 July 1912.

55 Russell St

Middlesborough

England

Dear Sir

I have just learned that you

are Manager for the Adelaide Shipping

Company at Fremantle and I would

be very thankful if you would assist

me in my trouble my Son J Blades

was a Steward on the S.S. Koombana

which foundered in March and I

believe gave his birth place at

Sydney which I am sorry to say

is not correct for the last

letter received from him was

dated Jan 16 from the Koombana

at Port Hedland the paper

has the painted heading of the

Adelaide Steamship Company and

the Company flag I have ??? one

letter returned from Port Hedland

which was addressed ?? the Koombana

and I understand that the Company

has some letters addressed to my

Son which was written by his

Sister and will be Signed ?Lansa?

I will be very pleased if you

will help me to ?secure? what

was due to my sone I have

wrote to Adelaide and told

them I will send letters if

they require proof that J.

Blades was my son and

claiming what was due for

him I trust you will help

assist me as far as possible

I remain dear Sir

Your Obedient

Servant

C Blades

55 Russell St

Middlesborough

England

[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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22nd. July 1912.

Mrs. C. Blades,

55, Russell Street,

MIDDLESBOROUGH. England.

Dear Madam,

I enclose herewith a Bank Draft for 1:17:8,

being balance of wages due to your late son, G. Blades,

lost in the illfated "Koombana".

Will you kindly furnish me with a receipt

for this amount.

Yours faithfully,

[copy unsigned]

SHIPPING MASTER.

1 enc.

[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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55 Russell St

Middlesborough

England

Sept. 10

Dear Sir

I am in receipt of your

letter also Bank draft and

[unclear] which I have had

a great amount of trouble with

not being able to cash them

in Middlesborough I had to

communicate with the Agent

General for Western Australia

and only received the money

in the 12th [unclear]

you I enclosed receipt for

the amount with support

to the fund you mention I am

pleased to say I was not

dependent on my late Son

although I am only a workingman

and greatly felt the loss

off one who was expected

to refund what it cost to

fit him out for a seagoing

life I dont think I could

claim on your fund thanking

you again I am dear Sir

Yours obedient

Servant

C Blades

[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":-

(1) Mr. C Blades, 55, Russell Street, Middlesborough

(This man has lost his son John Stephen Blades)

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["In Memoriam", The West Australian, Friday 21 March 1913, page 1]

BLADES.--In loving memory of our dear friend. Jack Blades, who lost his life on the ill fated Koombana, March. 1913.

Gone, but not forgotten.

--Inserted by his loving friends, M. and D. Bourke.