[Passenger list, "KOOMBANA" 37, compiled 02 April 1912, Adelaide Steamship Company. Noel Butlin Archives Centre, Australian National University, 0186/N46/634]
List of Passengers Booked for Derby
Forrest T. Refer Emanuel Bros. Teamster - Contractor.
[Passenger list, "KOOMBANA" 37, compiled 04 June 1912, Adelaide Steamship Company. Broome Historical Society]
List of passengers known to have been bound for Derby.
From Fremantle [saloon]
Forrest, Thomas Teamster - Contractor West Kimberleys.
Lately purchased property at Pingelly.
Wife resides Perth.
["The Missing Koombana", The Murchison Times and Day Dawn Gazette (Cue, WA), Tuesday 02 April 1912]
ANOTHER MURCHISON PASSENGER.
In addition to the Murchison passengers mentioned in our last issue, there has to be noted Mr. T. Forrest, a single man, who some time ago was butchering at Monaro Gully, outside Tuckanarra.
Tuckenarra is south of Meekatharra toward the Weld Range.
["The Perth Passengers", The Murchison Times and Day Dawn Gazette (Cue, WA), Thursday 04 April 1912, page 3]
The Mr T Forrest, who booked at Perth, was a single man who some time ago was butchering at Monora Gully outside Tuckanarra.
["Murchison Passengers", The Murchison Times and Day Dawn Gazette (Cue, WA), Thursday 11 April 1912, page 3]
Mr K. Forrest, who was aboard the Koombana, had recently bought a property near his aunt, Mrs. J. McBurnley, of Aldinga. He was going to the Nor'-West to settle up his business there prior to taking on his new occupation.
how does this tally with the purchase of a property at Pingelly in WA?
["The Passengers", The West Australian, Wednesday 03 April 1912, page 7]
Mr. F. Forrest.
["In Memoriam", The West Australian, Saturday 20 March 1915, page 1]
FORREST.--In sad but loving memory of our dear husband and father who was lost on the Koombana on or about March 21, 1912.
--Inserted by his loving wife and children Clem and Zillah Forrest.
["In Memoriam", The West Australian, Wednesday 21 March 1923, page 1]
FORREST.- In sad but loving memory of our dear husband and father, Thomas Forrest, who was lost on the ill-fated Koombana on or about March 21, 1912. Inserted by his loving wife and children, Zillah and Clem. R.I.P.
FORREST : Descendants of Tom FORREST, who died in the Koombana tragedy
between Port Hedland and Broome in 1912, are sought for a family
history. Tom owned property at Pingelly with his brother-in-law,
Alexander Moses BOORD, grandfather of the writer. Contact: Joy Rowe [addresses and telephone numbers withheld]
emailed Joy Rowe 20120105
20120107: checked whitepages; address and phone are current.
20120111: reply received.
20120204: Joy called. A few new skerricks of information
Tom Forrest was Joy's grandmother's brother
Tom was one of 14 siblings
Tom's sisters Mary Alexis Forrest and Charlotte (who never married) visited him
when he had a butcher shop in the north somewhere. Derby perhaps.
Joy's grandfather (Boord), Tom's brother-in-law, had some association with Lower Liveringa.
A relative Mary McBurnie had a property at Pingelly