[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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J. Hughes, second grade steward 24 Swansea

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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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J. Hughes, 24, Swansea, assistant steward;

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[Agreement and Account of Crew, s.s. Koombana, August 1911 - March 1912, Harbour and Lights Department, Western Australia. State Records Office of Western Australia, Consignment 1056 Item 301]

The register indicates that J. Hughes, 24, England, joined Koombana (his first ship) for Trip #36, February 1912.

[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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Letter from Accountant General, Board of Trade, London,

to Secretary, Marine Board, Port Adelaide.

BOARD OF TRADE,

(Finance Department),

7, Whitehall Gardens,

LONDON, S.W.

21st May 1912.

Sir,

I am directed by the Board of Trade to acquaint you

that they have received claims from Harry Hughes, 21 Cecil

Street, Manselton, Swansea (father) - Thomas Taylor, 2,

Easons Angle, Dundee (father) and Catherine Kearns, 36,

Malcolmson Street, Belfast (Widow) for the wages respect-

ively due to the seamen Harry Hughes, Thomas Taylor and

John Kearns who appear to have been serving on the

"Koombanna" Official Number 122725 of Port Adelaide at the

time of her loss in March last.

If any balances of wages are due to the above named

or to any other seamen of the "Koombanna" who are known to

have left relatives in the United Kingdom the Board will be

obliged by your remitting the amounts to this Department

in order that the claims of the legal heirs may be

satisfied.

I am,

Sir,

Your obedient Servant,

(signed) Geo. Fry,

Accountant General.

The Secretary,

Marine Board,

Port Adelaide,

SOUTH AUSTRALIA.

[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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14th August

Sir,

In reply to yours of the 21st May addressed to the

Marine Board, Port Adelaide, which has been forwarded on to me,

I have to state as follows:-

Harry Hughes, wages due 3/10/-

Thomas Taylor, " " 7/-/-, draft forwarded

herewith.

On the application of W. Carton, I forward herewith

draft for wages due (6/8/-) to his late father Wm. Carton,

A.B. of the S.S. "KOOMBANA". Mr. Carton's address is, Sunhill,

Termonfecken, Drogheda, Ireland, and I have requested him to

communicate with you.

I am enclosing herewith a draft drawn on the Agent

General in you favour to the amount of 16/16/-, being above

wages due, less exchange [-/2/- filled in later].

Yours faithfully,

[this copy unsigned]

SHIPPING MASTER.