[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

...

William A. Farrell, A.B. 33 London

...

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

"P. Clinton, F. Wilson, H. B. Rea, C. Stanley, T. McDonnell, William A. Farnell, W. Carton, M. Ryan, M. Dwyer, P. Jenkins, J. McGuckin and F. Gunning, A.B.'s"

["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. C. Clinton, F. Wilson, H. B. Rea, C. Stanley, T. McDonnell, William. A. Farrell, W. Carton, M. Ryan, M. Dwyer, P. Jenkins, J McGuckin, and F. Gunning, A.B.'s.

...

["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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William A. Farnell, 33, London, able seaman;

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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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c/o Mr T Footner

3rd Street

Port Pirie

South Aus.

22nd. April /12

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To/

The Shipping Master/

Dear Sir/

Please find enclosed from Secretary, as regards wages,

due to my late dear brother William Alexander Farnell,

& please forward to me. We were the only two living &

sailed together from Green's Home Shipping Office in

Commercial Rd. London, for many years. My brother has

also a 2nd Officers Certificate. We were both born in

London & have been out here about 6 years. The last ship,

we were in together was the S.S. Komura, with Captain Tyrer,

when she lost her propellor off Solitary Island, coming

from Brisbane. Poor boy, He was leaving the sea for good

in June. We are both single & have no relations.

I Remain,

Dear Sir/

Yours faithfully

Farnell Harry Farnell

[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]

I Farnell Harry Farnell of Port Pirie in the State of South Australia Laborer do solemnly and sincerely declare that I am the person referred to in a Certificate of Birth dated 12th day of May 1887.-

I further declare that I am the sole surviving next of kin of William Alexander Farnell

who was a seaman on the steamer "Koombana" which was lost on or about the 20th day of March

1912. The said William Alexander Farnell being my only Brother, Both Parents are dead, and there are no other children living -

And I make this solemn declaration conscientiously believing the same to be true.

Farnell Harry Farnell

Declared and Subscribed ????

in the State of South Australia this 27th

May 1912.

Cliford Pearce

Justice of the Peace for South Australia

The event noted in brother Farnell's letter is reported here..

["An Overdue Steamer", The Mercury (Hobart, Tas.), Monday 10 August 1908, page 5]

AN OVERDUE STEAMER.

FEARS AS TO HER SAFETY.

SYDNEY, August 9.

A certain amount of uneasiness is being manifested regarding tho cargo steamer Komura, which is considerably overdue from Rockhampton and Brisbane. She left the latter port at 4 o'clock on Tuesday afternoon, with a valuable cargo for Newcastle and Sydney, and has not since been reported.

She sailed from Brisbane in company with the Adelaide S.S. Company steamer Wollowra, which arrived at Sydney on Thursday evening. There seems to be no longer any doubt that the Komura has met with a mishap.

The vessels trading to Brisbane are on the look-out for her.

VESSEL FOUND DISABLED.

Later.

The Komura has been picked up disabled, two blades of her propellor having been broken.

["A Disabled Steamer", The West Australian, Monday 10 August 1908, page 5]

A DISABLED STEAMER.

THREE PROPELLER BLADES BROKEN.

A TRYING EXPERIENCE.

Sydney, August 9.

A certain amount of uneasiness was manifested regarding the cargo steamer Komura, which is considerably overdue from Rockhampton and Brisbane. She left the latter port at 4 o'clock on Tuesday afternoon with a valuable cargo for Newcastle and Sydney, and was not reported until a late hour tonight. She sailed from Brisbane in company with the Adelaide S.S. Co.'s steamer Wollowra which arrived at Sydney at 6 o'clock on Thursday evening. The Komura, in tow of the North Coast steamer Noorebar, reached Newcastle late to-night. Captain Tyler stated that a mishap to the propeller apparently occurred when the vessel was off the Solitaries on Thursday night, but he could not fix the exact time. Very bad weather was experienced after passing Cape Moreton and it continued all the way down the coast. Several times the vessel was in grave danger. Little headway could be made against a strong south-easterly gale, and hazy weather made it difficult to tell where the ship actually was and soundings were taken at frequent intervals. Shortly before midnight on Wednesday the Byron Bay light was sighted. The Komura had been drifting with the current, and although Captain Tyler suspected that something was wrong he could not be definitely satisfied. On Friday morning the weather moderated slightly and oil was put overboard. The sea calmed down sufficiently to enable an examination of the propeller to be made. This showed that three blades had broken off. Sail was set and the vessel put on the starboard tack. Rockets were frequently sent up, and these were observed by the Noorebar yesterday morning, and the Komura was taken in tow.

AB notes:

Komura incident thu 06 aug 1908

"Solitaries" = Solitary Islands, of NSW coast, north of Coffs Harbour