[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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Wm. Dick, second grade steward 25 Scotland

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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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Wm. Dick, 25, Scotland, assistant steward;

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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 confirms that second-grade stewards William Dick and Edward Wardlaw transferred together

from Ferret to Koombana for Trip #36, February 1912.

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102 Quarry St

Ultimo

Sydney

June 12th 1912

The Shipping Master

Fremantle

W. A.

Dear Sir/

Re the Effects of the Late Wm Dick late

Steward aboard the S S "Koombana" Having made

application to Mr D Campbell 80 Melbourne Road Perth

I received the following letter from the Adelaide SS

Coy and will thank you if yo will inform

me what steps I am to take in regard to

claiming the same, the late W. C. Dick was my

First Cousin and I am as far as my knowledge

goes the only relative in the Commonwealth. I

am in communication with my relatives in the

Old Country with regard to the ??same??

Awaiting Your Reply

I am Dear Sir

Yours Respectfully

?J? Dick

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Traffic Department. Fremantle 13th May, 1912.

H. Dick Esq'

102 Quarry Street

Ultimo,

Sydney.

Dear Sir,

Please note that the effects of the late Wm.

Dick, late steward aboard the s.s. "Koombana", comprising

one locked leather trunk (contents unknown) and four letters

have been lodged by us on behalf of Mr. D. Campbell, 80, Melb-

ourne Road, Perth, with the Shipping Master Fremantle, who

claims all such effects on behalf of the proved next of kin

of the lost seaman. Your letter to Mr. Campbell has been

placed in his hands, and you will require to place yourself

in communication with this official, and establish your claim

to the possession of the effects.

Yours faithfully,

[stamped] W. E. Moxon

Manager for W.A.

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The Shipping Master,

Fremantle.

Dear Sir,

" K O O M B A N A "

Wm Dick, Steward. We hand you herewith original letter

received from the widow of the above, to which we have replied,

(as per copy enclosed) that you will communicate with her direct

by an early mail.

You have no doubt borne in mind the statement of Mr

Donald Campbell, who lodged the trunk with us, that it is very

propable that some of the belongings of Edward Wardlaw, a

friend and fellow steward of Dick, are contained in Dick's trunk.

Wardlaw's people reside at 36, Bank-street, Hillhead, Glasgow.

...

Yours faithfully,

[signed by Moxon]

Manager for W.A.

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Mrs Wm C. Dick

4, James Park,

Burntisland,

Fifeshire, SCOTLAND.

Dear Madam,

"Koombana". Yours of the 26th May. We note

that you are the widow of William Dick, Steward aboard the above

steamer, and have handed your letter to the Shipping Master,

Fremantle, which Government Official assumes possession of all

wages and belongings of deceased mariners on hehalf of the

proved next of kin. He will communicate with you by an

early mail in respect to the wages due to your late husband

paid over to him by us.

We had also lodged with the Shipping Master a black

leather trunk, locked, which he had left ashore at his lodgings

at the house of Mr Duncan Campbell, 80 Melbourne-road, Perth.

This is to be sent Home to you to be delivered by the proper

authorities on your satisfying them of you claime to the de-

ceased effects.

A fund has been raised in West Australia for the

relief of those who have suffered through the loss of relatives

who perished with the steamer. In order to participate in

the distribution of this you will require to supply evidence of

your relationship and circumstances to Sir Newton Moore, Agent-

General for Western Australia in London, and also write direct to

the Town Clerk, Fremantle, who is acting in the capacity of Hon.

Secretary to the Fund. We have already supplied that gen-

tleman with a copy of your letter to us.

Yours faithfully

[this copy not signed]

Manager for W.A.

Copy to Shipping Master

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Burntisland

Fifeshire

Scotland

May 26th 1912

Mr. W. E. Moxon,

Manager

Adelaide Steamship Co.

Fremantle.

Dear Sir !

Would you kindly give me

any particulars concerning my

Husband Wm. C. Dick, who is believed

to have gone down on the steamer

"Koombana".

I am his widow with one

child, and would be very much

obliged to you if there is anything

belonging him you might please

forward to above address.

By doing so you will kindly

oblige.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs. W. C. Dick

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A file note..

C O P I E S.

No. 1.

Deputy Shipping Master, Fremantle, to Mrs. W. C. Dick, Widow of

Wm. Dick, Steward (EXTRACT)

"4th July, 1912, ..........I might state that I have a box

of effects which I will forward through the Board of Trade

London.

(Sgned) G. F. SINCLAIR."

No. 2.

Same to Mr. A. Dick, 102, Quarry Street, Ultimo, Sydney, N.S.W.

(14th July, 1912.) "In reference to you letter of June

12th., I have to inform you that your late cousin's effects

......have been forwarded to his wife on her application

for same.

(Sgned) G. F. SINCLAIR."

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Mercantile Marine Office,

BURNTISLAND, Fife,

Scotland.

17th February, 1913.

Dear Sir,

Mrs. Wm. C. Dick, widow of Wm. Dick,

Steward on board the S/S "KOOMBANA" is

making inquiries relative to the

effects of her late husband. A copy

of a letter having reference to the

matter is enclosed; but the Board of

Trade have, unfortunately, no imform-

ation. I would, therefore, be much

obliged for any details of the dis-

posal of the effects in Australia (to

whom Consigned; Shipping Co. Route &c.)

which would assist toward their

recovery.

Yours faithfully,

[signed] A. P. Graham

(a/g) SUPERINTENDENT.

THE SHIPPING MASTER,

FREMANTLE,

Western Australia.

[Wrecks. The loss of the "Koombana", Australian High Commission, United Kingdom, 1912. National Archives of Australia, Series A2911 760/1912]

[http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/DetailsReports/ItemDetail.aspx?Barcode=232127]

Title: Wrecks. The loss of the "Koombana".

Series number: A2911

Control symbol: 760/1912

Contents date range: 1912 - 1912

Access status: Open

Location: Canberra

Barcode: 232127]

A digital copy of this file is available online.

It includes enquiries and requests for compensation by relatives of crewmen lost with Koombana:

Thomas Miller Grant

A. Baker

John Jackson

William Dick

These letters have not been transcribed.

[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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