[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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Evan Davies, scullion 31 Lancashire

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

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"Evan Davies, scullion"

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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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E. Davies, scullion;

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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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Evan Davies, 31, Lancashire, scullion;

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[http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/scullion]

scullion(scul|lion)

noun

archaic

a servant assigned the most menial kitchen tasks.

AB notes

in effect: kitchenhand

[Agreement and Account of Crew, s.s. Koombana, August 1911 - March 1912, Harbour and Lights Department, Western Australia. State Records Office of Western Australia, Consignment 1056 Item 301]

The register indicates that E. Davies signed on to Koombana for Trip #36, February 1912. Previous ship: Belgic.

[Research file "s.s. Koombana", 1973-. Department of Maritime Archeology, Western Australian Museum, 189/73/4]

Email from Jane Burke jburke@rockyview.ab.ca, 15 Nov 1998 with thanks for info sent by Susan Cox.

She begins:

"Thank you so much for the information regarding the Koombana. This is the most information we have ever had on this tragedy. My relatives were members of the crew, their names E. (Evan) Davies, and and[sic] R. (Robert) Davies. Note the spelling on the crew list is incorrect, R. Davis should be R. Davies. I am attempting to get a copy of the newspaper report to send to you for your files, that tell about the death of these two men. They were apparently working aboard the Koombana in an attempt to earn money to help out their parents. They were from a family of 15 children. Robert was I believe 18 and Evan 31."

[Research file "s.s. Koombana", 1973-. Department of Maritime Archeology, Western Australian Museum, 189/73/4]

[From a Liverpool newspaper; no details on the cutting sent by Jane Burke to the museum.]

Koombana Disaster.

Memorial Service at Bootle Welsh Church.

A Farewell Message.

A special service was held at the Merton-road Free Welsh Church on Sunday evening in memory of the Bootle victims of the Koombana disaster, Robert William and Evan Davies, who were members of the church, with which the bereaved parents are also associated. The service was conducted partly in English and partly in Welsh, and was of an impressive character.

The sermon was preached by the Rev. W. O. Jones, B.A., on the text "Behold I will gather thee to thy fathers, and thou shalt be gathered to thy grave in peace, neither shall thine eyes see all the evil that I will bring upon this place, and upon the inhabitants of the same. So they brought the king word again." (II. Chron. xxxiv., 28). He said they all deplored the death of the two brothers who were friends of many of them. He believed them to be two young men of Christian aspirations, and of excellent moral character, and from whom great things were expected. But instead, they had been called to higher service. They were respected and beloved by a large number of members of their church, and he took it that the silent testimony of their presence that evening to the endeared memories of the brothers was a token of their sincere sympathy with the breeaved family. They realised the sorrow of the aged parents who were dependent on their two sons. He asked them not to mourn as those without hope because these calamities had a deeper meaning. They had every reason to believe that their two young friends had passed into the Kingdom of Glory, and when the sea gave up its dead, they would meet in the Heavenly Jerusalem.

Mr. J. J. Owen said that Mr. and Mrs. Davies and family had their heartfelt sympathy in their trouble. They had had several memorial services at that church, but none that affected them so directly as this terrible marine disaster, taking from their midst two members of their own congregation. Both Evan and Robert Davies went to Australia with a good purpose--to maintain their parents--and it was deeply to be regretted that the career of two such promising men, for whom they held great hopes, should have had such and abrupt ending.

Mr. John Jones said he was acquainted with the young brother Robert, who for two years before he went to sea was a member of his Sunday School class. He read the following letter which he had received from him before he went away on his fateful voyage:--"I regret to state I shall not be in Sunday School next Sunday, or for a good many more Sundays to come. I am about to try my luck in Australia, if I can succeed there, and by God's help I will. Remember me to my class at Sunday School. Good-bye."

The hymns "Shall we meet" and "Eternal father", of which Evan Davies was most fond, were sung during the service, which concluded with the Dead March in "Saul"...

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Robert Davies, aged 18 years.

This photograph is from a group taken of his school class seven years ago.

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Evan Davies, aged 31 years.

[Research file "s.s. Koombana", 1973-. Department of Maritime Archeology, Western Australian Museum, 189/73/4]

[Another article, another newspaper. Again, no details on the cutting sent by Jane Burke to the museum.]

The Koombana Victims

The accompanying photographs are those of the two Bootle brothers, Robert William and Evan Davies, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Davies, 17 Benedict-street, who lost their lives through the foundering of the s.s. Koombana during a terrific cyclone off the North West Coast of Australia, when 130 souls were lost.

We understand that on Sunday evening a memorial service in English will be held in the Merton-road Welsh Free Church, when several prominent gentlemen will take part.

[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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17 Benedict St

Bootle Liverpool

19th Aug. 12

Sir/

I have been in

communication with the

[unclear] of the Adelaide S.S.

Co. re the loss of my

sons Evan and Robt. W. Davies

[unclear] the "Koombana" of their

[unclear]. They have

informed me that their

wages due to them has

been forwarded to you.

I shall esteem it a

favour if you will forward

the money direct to me

through the "Board

of Trade", London.

It occurs to me that

you might have advised

me of the loss of my

two sons, instead of

allowing me after weary

weeks of silence to

alight upon the news

by mere chance.

Trusting to your courtesy

to acknowledge this letter

at the earliest date, as I

am in dire need of the

money. I may mention

I was, along with their

aged mother solely

dependent on my two

poor boys.

Again thanking

I am, Sir,

Yours respectfully

David Davies

The Shipping Master,

Freemantle,

W. Australia

[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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30th. September

Mr. David Davies,

17, Benedict Street,

Bootle, LIVERPOOL, Eng.

Dear Sir,

I am in receipt of your letter of the 19th August

last and in reply have to state that the balance of wages due

to your two late sons has been forwarded to the Accountant

General, Board of Trade, London.

Evan Davies 4/ 8/ -

Rbt. Wm. " 3/ 4/ -

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7/ 12/ -

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In reference to advising you of the loss of your

two sons, this I am sorry I was unable to do as neither left

their home address in this office, giving a local address only.

Had they given their home address I should certainly have

advised you and I very much regret that you would have learned

the news merely by accident.

Yours faithfully,

[file copy unsigned]

SHIPPING MASTER.

[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 short-run proforma with the name R W Davies inserted...

HARBOR & LIGHT DEPARTMENT,

Shipping Master's Office,

FREMANTLE. 4/10/12

Dear

I have ascertained from the Manager of the

Savings Bank that the late ...... R W Davies .....

has money to his credit at the Savings Bank, Perth.

I do not know whether you have been previously

advised by the Curator of Intestate Estates, if not it will

be necessary for you to apply to that officer, or the

Manager of the Savings Bank, supplying him with a birth

certificate or other evidence to substantiate your claim

to this money.

Yours faithfully,

SHIPPING MASTER.