["No Tidings", The West Australian, Monday 01 April 1912, page 7]
It is understood that amongst the passengers on the Koombana, in addition to those already mentioned are Mr. J. Murphy (bound for Broome) and a Mr. Drake. It has also been stated that "W. Davis" was amongst those on board. It now transpires that the name should be "W. L. Davey.".
[Passenger list, "KOOMBANA" 37, compiled 12 April 1912, Adelaide Steamship Company. provided to the author by the late Malcolm Barker]
List of passengers known to have been bound for Broome.
Drake, W.J. [blank]
["The Passengers", The West Australian, Wednesday 03 April 1912, page 7]
Mr. __ Drake
["Unregistered Passengers", Daily News (Perth, WA), Monday 01 April 1912, page 4]
(To the Editor.)
Sir, Permit me to ask you to insert in your daily my son-in-law's name, J. Murphy, who was a passenger by the Koombana bound for Broome. His name was omitted because he was working his passage and was not engaged from the office. He was formerly an employee in the machine room of the "West Australian" for a number of years. There is also a young man, Drake, son of a publican (Federal Hotel) since left the State; also another young man, Percival Harold, from St Kilda, Melbourne, they were also supposed to have gone through. I know they went on board together, but my son-in-law positively was going to Broome. --Yours, etc.
E. G. ASHER.
479 Wellington Street, Perth.
["Personal", The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA), Tuesday 09 April 1912, page 6]
On Monday Mr. A. Drake, licensee of the Norfolk Arms Hotel, Rundle-street, received confirmation of the sad intelligence that his son Alfred was a passenger on the lost Koombana. He went on board at Perth with cattle for Broome. Mr. Drake was 26 years of age, and was well known in Adelaide, where his father, mother, brothers and sisters have resided for some time. Only six weeks ago he was in this city. He was a native of Christchurch, New Zealand.