Gee, Gordon Alan (or Alan Gordon)

[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]



G.A. Gee, saloon waiter 25 Sydney


["No News of the Koombana", The Sunday Times (Perth, WA), Sunday 31 March 1912, page 1]



Gordon Gee, the saloon waiter, used to be on the Karoola, and afterwards he was employed at Smith's Railway Hotel, North Fremantle. He is about 25 years of age.


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


G. A. Gee, saloon waiter


["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:--


J. Coughlan, fore cabin steward; H. Stanley, bar and store keeper; G. A. Gee, saloon waiter; W. P. Black, pantryman; H. Bow, night watchman;


["Port Paragraphs", The Sunday Times (Perth, WA), Sunday 31 March 1912, page 15]

Port Paragraphs

By "The Pagan."


Amongst those who were on board the Koombana was a young fellow named Gordon Gee, who was well known to most of the "boys" at the Port. He went in the capacity of a saloon waiter, having been broken in to that occupation on the Karoola. Between the time he left the Karoola and the period when be joined the Koombana Gee was employed as barman at the Railway Hotel at North Fremantle. It is only natural that there is much anxiety in the district in connection with the genial waiter-barman, who was always considered a model of respectability and good-nature.


["A Saloon Waiter", Daily News (Perth, WA), Monday 01 April 1912, page 4]


One of the crew of the Koombana is Gordon Gee, who is employed on the ship as a saloon waiter. Gee was a steward on board the Pericles when that vessel met her doom off Cape Leeuwin. He is 23 years of age, and prior to joining the Koombana was employed at the Railway Hotel, North Fremantle.

["The Koombana", The West Australian, Friday 12 April 1912, page 7]


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:--


G. A. Gee, 25, Sydney, saloon waiter;


["The Loss of the Koombana", The Sunday Times (Perth, WA), Sunday 07 April 1912, page 10]

<<>> "Mr. G. Gee. Steward on the Koombana, who was well known at North Fremantle."

[Barker, Malcolm, 2001, The Truth Is So Precious, Success Print, Perth, Western Australia, page 48]


The more poignant are surely those of the following "poor lost souls" for whom nobody would lay claims to their wages for their final voyage:

Name Age Place of Birth

C Norlin 32 Sweden

W Fitzpatrick 25 Cork, Ireland

O Olson 26 Goteborg, Sweden

T McDermott 30 Liverpool, England

G A Gee 25 Sydney, Australia

F W Cant 54 Cardiff, Wales

J Jones 27 Liverpool, England"

AB notes:

Wages never claimed, according to MB.

["Friends Found", The Sunday Times (Perth, WA), Sunday 21 July 1912, page 15]


Alan Gordon Gee lost on the Koombana.