[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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Henry Durham, first grade steward 25 Southampton

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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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H. Deerham, 25, Southampton, assistant steward;

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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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from Lloyds London in reply to a Mrs Durham...

LLOYD'S

4th. April, 1912.

Dear Madam,

Referring to my letter of yesterday, I

deeply regret to have to forward you the enclosed

paragraph with reference to s.s. "KOOMBANA".

Yours faithfully,

[stamp]Edward F. Inglefield

Secretary.

The attachment reads:

"Agent General for Western Australia has received the following

re K O O M B A N A (s):-

Wreckage found at Bedout Island, saloon door, smoking room settee etc.

Moxon, Agent Adelaide Steamship Co. (Owners of Koombana) satisfied they

belonged Koombana."

This address is visible in the margin:

"Durham,

?32, Coombe Terrace,

Lewes Road,

BRIGHTON."

["One of the Stewards", The Western Mail (Perth, WA), Saturday 13 April 1912, page 15]

ONE OF THE STEWARDS.

To the Editor.

Sir,--I should he pleased if you will make an alteration in my brother's name in the list of stewards of the s.s. Koombana. His name has been reported as A. Durham, and A. Deerham, but it should be Henry Durham. He has only been in Western Australia about eight months, having previously had experience on the Cape route from Southampton in the Union Castle Company's liners, and also on the Brazil route with the Royal Mail Co. He is the son of W. Durham, the well-known butcher of Brighton, England.--Yours, etc..

W. DURHAM, Jun.

Fremantle, April 4.

AB notes:

looks like Henry is younger brother of William jnr

William jnr writes from 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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31st, May 1912.

Mr Durham,

11, Price Street,

S.FREMANTLE.

Dear Sir,

We have now received the cheque from the Treasury

for the amount due to you on behalf of your late son, ex

S.S. "Koombana" and same will be handed to you upon calling

at this office at 11.30 tomorrow morning.

Yours faithfully,

For. SHIPPING MASTER.

AB notes:

Have the parents emigrated to Australia, or are they visiting Australia?

["In Memoriam", The West Australian, Wednesday 21 March 1923, page 1]

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DURHAM.- In sad and loving memory of our dear Harry, who was lost with the s.s. Koombana on or about March 21, 1912.

Aged 25 years and 11 months.

R.I.P.

-Inserted by his loving parents and brother Will, 7 McCourt-street, West Leederville.

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