[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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A.E. Deller, baker 25 London

...

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

"A. G. Deller, baker"

["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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Walter Tutt, chief cook; H. Stanberg, second cook; G. Jones, third cook; J. Jackson, kitchenman; A. G. Deller, baker; C. Walker, butcher; E. Davies, scullion;

...

["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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A. E. Deller, 25, London, baker;

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[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 lists H. Reeves as the Koombana's baker until 07 March 1912.

Therefore, Deller must have been fresh on board for the final trip (Trip #37, March 1912)

["Announcements", The Western Mail (Perth, WA), Saturday 13 April 1912, page 23]

Announcements

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Deaths.

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DELLA.--On March 26, Albert Ernert Della, High-street, E. Barking, England, lost on board s.s. Koombana, one of the crew, as ship's baker.

--Inserted by James Tandy, Dowerin.

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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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April 18th.

Risea.

14 Irwin St.

Perth.

Sir,

I have in my possession

a tin box belonging to

Mr. A. E. Deller, engaged as

baker on the S.S. Koombana.

which I wish you to send for.

Yours.

Mrs. O'Hehir.

[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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46 Pier St. Perth

6/4/12

Dear Sir,

I should be very grateful if you would kindly

give me some information regarding A E Deller

who signed on as baker on the "Koombana" that might

be contained in the Shipping Articles. I have been

to the Companies Office & they have referred me to

you. I should like to know if you have Dellers

address in London on the Articles so that I can

write to his wife and acquaint her with the sad news

I was the only friend he had here & I feel it my duty

to let here know as there is no one else to do it.

Thanking you in anticipation

I am

Yours faithfully

A E Meades

To the Shipping Master

Fremantle"

[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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July 25th, 1912.

Dear Sir,

In much grief

I am sending to you

concerning the Death

of my Son A. E. Deller

who unfortunately

was drowned on

Board the Ship the

Koombana and this

is to ask a great favour

of you having my Son

Insured I cannot

get this payment

without a Death

Certificate from you

I would thank you

very much if you

would kindly Oblige

and forward on to

me yours Humble

Mrs Deller

78 North St

Edgware Rd

London

I would thank you

also for your earliest

reply.

In what looks like a file note only, the following is hand-written:

"I attach letter certifying death (as in other cases). I desire to state 7/4/- wages sent to acct gen Board of Trade to whom she must apply for wages. There is a box of effects (if desired will send home but the goods would not warrant freight."

[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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S O U T H A U S T R A L I A.

MERCANTILE MARINE OFFICE,

PORT ADELAIDE,

6th August, 1912

Sir,-

Herewith please find a letter received from a Mrs. Deller of

London, who desires a certificate of death of her son A. E. Deller,

said to have been lost in the illfated "Koombana'.

I have informed the unfortunate lady of my having forwarded

her letter to you for Reply and document.

I have the honor to be

Sir,

Your obedient servant,

[signed Smith]

District Registrar of Births, Deaths, & Marriages.

Stamped as received but receipt date is missing from my image.

[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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142 Axe St

Barking

London

Aug 15th

Dear Sir

In answer to your

letter I received ??

I should be very

grateful if you will

forward on to me my

Husband A E Deller's

wages 7.4.

I am sending my

Marriage Certificate

which I trust you

will return.

I am writing to

the Shipping Company

to know if they can

send the box home free

as I have my own

liveing to seek.

My husband had

with him 30

in money when the

Koombana went down

besides a brown bag

a black Portmanteau.

I Remain

Yours faithfully

Mrs A E Deller

[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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10th. September

Sir,

Further to my memo of the 5th. inst, in which I

stated, inter alia, that I was forwarding the wages of A.E.Deller

late of the S.S. "KOOMBANA" and gave the claimant of the wages

due as Mrs. Deller, 78, North St., Edgware Rd., I now find that

this Mrs. Deller is the mother of the deceased and the Mrs. Deller

of 142 Axe St, Barking, is the wife of deceased (see letter and

Marriage Certificate attached herewith) and shall be glad if

you will disburse the money to the latter instead of to the

mother, as requested in previous memo.

I have the honor to be,

Sir,

Your obedient Servant,

SHIPPING MASTER.

The Accountant General,

Board of Trade,

LONDON, S.W.

[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]

EXTRACT FROM LETTER RECEIVED FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE

"KOOMBANA" RELIEF COMMITTEE, PERTH

Dated 31st July, 1912.

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"I give you hereunder a list of persons in Great Britain

to whom the Perth Committee has allotted amounts, and shall be

glad if you will communicate with the Agent-General, requesting

him to pay the sum mentioned in each case, out of the amount he

has in hand, and forward the receipts to me at the earliest

possible opportunity:-

Miss Wardlaw, 36 Bank Street, Hillhead, Glasgow, 47.

Mrs. W. C. Dick, 4 James Park, Burntisland, N.B., 47.

Mrs. W. Clarke, Chestnut Grove, off Marsh Lane, Boudel

Liverpool, England, 65.

Mrs. Levins, 87 Strand Street, Cloyerhead, Drogheda,

Ireland, 11.

Mrs. M. Dwyer, King Street, Abbyside, County Waterford,

Ireland, 11.

Mrs. W. Carton, Droghed, County Louth, Ireland, 11.

Mrs. J. Kearne, 36 Malcolmson Street, Springfield Road,

Belfast, Ireland, 11.

Mrs. Rea, 21 Conderton Road, Loughboro Junction, Camberwell,

London, S.E. 11.

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Further names since received:-

A. Dellar (? English address)

- Clinton ( " Local Committee making enquiries

- Offord ( " " " decline applica-

tion for assistance.

W. Burkin ( " Nothing done so far.

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