Dalton (or D'Alton), Ernest James

[Passenger list, "KOOMBANA" 37, compiled 02 April 1912, Adelaide Steamship Company. Noel Butlin Archives Centre, Australian National University, 0186/N46/634]

Fremantle-Derby Dalton E. J. [blank]

[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 [saloon]


Dalton, E.J. Woolclasser for Kimberley Pastoral Company.

Wife residing at 1091 Hay Street, Perth.


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




Mr. E. J. Dalton.


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



Now that it appears more than probable that the Koombana no longer exists, the personality of the passengers who most likely have shared her untimely fate will be of interest. Amongst them are several well-known people, and it is quite possible that some of them may have left the ship at an intermediate port.


Mr. E. G. Dalton, who was bound for Derby, is well known in Northam, and is a brother-in-law of Mr. Anthony, a restaurant keeper of that town.


["Koombana's Fate", The West Australian, Thursday 04 April 1912, page 7]


It is reported that the passengers on the Koombana included Mr. E. J. Dalton, a wool classer, who was bound for Derby. His wife and two children and his mother and sister and two brothers reside in Hay-street West.

["Announcements", The Western Mail (Perth, WA), Saturday 27 April 1912, page 23]




D'ALTON.--On or about March 22. 1912, lost at

sea, on thc s.s. Koombana, Ernest, dearly beloved husband of Mrs. E. D'Alton, and son of Mrs. M. D'Alton, and brother of Miss A. Messrs. T. F. and B. D'Alton, Hay-st. West.


["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.

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


DALTON.-In fond and loving remembrance of our beloved husband and father, Ernest Dalton, who was lost on Koombana, 1912.

-Inserted by his loving wife and children.

D'ALTON.-In loving memory of my dear son and brother, Ernest James D'Alton, who lost his life by the foundering. of the s.s. - Koombana on or about March 21, 1912.

We mourn for you in silence,

No eyes can see us weep,

And deep in our inmost hearts

Your loving memory will keep.

-Inserted by his loving mother, sister, and brothers.