[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

...

F. Herbert, ordinary seaman 18 Victoria

...

["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:--

...

S. Stuart and F. Herbert, ordinary seamen.

...

["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:--

...

F. Herbert, 18, Victoria, ordinary seaman;

...

[Barker, Malcolm, 2001, The Truth Is So Precious, Success Print, Perth, Western Australia, page 52]

...

Other crew newly signed on for this trip were noticed:

Name Rank Age Place of Birth

F Peacock 3rd Officer 27 Edinburgh, Scotland

J Levins Bosín 33 Drogheda, Ireland

M Dwyer A.B. 25 Dungarvan,Ireland

P Jenkins A.B. 25 Stirling, Scotland

J McGuckin A.B. 35 Harrington, England

F Gunning A.B. 32 Bristol, England

F Herbert Fireman 18 Victoria, Australia

A de Montfort Fireman 25 Jersey Island

T Taylor Fireman 31 Dundee, Scotland

A Bryant Fireman 31 Victoria,Australia

H Stanberg Second Cook 28 Sweden

J Jackson Kitchenman 22 Belfast, Ireland

S Reynolds Steward 27 Adelaide, Australia

W Smith Steward 22 Clapton, England

AB notes:

newly recruited, according to Barker

[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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In the bottom margin of a letter relating to another crewmember

(my image 470), there is this address written in pencil...

"Mother

Mrs J M Herbert

Jasper Road

Bentley

VIC

was Mother"

[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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Mrs Coall

36 Parry Street

East Perth

21/5/12

To the Harbour Master

Fremantle

Dear Sir

Would you kindly let me know

if you have a box belonging to Fr Herbert

who was drownd on the Koombana

He left it with the people which he was

lodging with in Perth. We did

not know that he had left his box

until the other day. Mr Blurton the

people which he had been staying with

told us that he had sent it down to

you. So if you would be so kind as

to send me a reply as soon as possible

I am his half sisterinlaw and I will

forward the box onto his Mother in

Melbourne. I enclose penny stamp

And Oblige

W Coall

[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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5/6/12

To the Harbour Master

Cliff St Fremantle

Dear Sir

I am writing re my dear son who

was lost on your S S Koombana

March last for wages due to him

am sending you declaration Papers

signed that I am his Mother I am very

that I have to make a Claim

only that I am in Great need of

it or would not do so.

My dear boy My darling Son

Yours Sincerely Josephine

Herbert

Jasper Road

Bentleigh

Vic

["In Memoriam", The West Australian, Saturday 21 March 1914, page 1]

HERBERT.-In loving memory of my dear brother, Fred, who lost his life by the foundering of the s.s. Koombana on or about March 21, 1912.

We cannot clasp your hand, dear brother,

Your face we cannot see

But let this little token tell,

We will remember thee.

-Inserted by his loving brother and sister, H. and W. Coall, High-street, Fremantle.