[Passenger list, "KOOMBANA" 37, compiled 02 April 1912, Adelaide Steamship Company. Noel Butlin Archives Centre, Australian National University, 0186/N46/634]

Hedland-Broome Johnson Joseph [blank]

[Passenger list, "KOOMBANA" 37, compiled 12 April 1912, Adelaide Steamship Company. provided to the author by the late Malcolm Barker]

List of passengers known to have been bound for Broome.

From Port Hedland

Johnson, Joseph Madison Pearler.

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["The Koombana", The West Australian, Saturday 30 March 1912, page 11]

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PASSENGERS AND CREW.

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Last night, however, the Adelaide Company received from their Port Hedland office a list of the passengers booked there to join the Koombana, which list does not include Mr. Davis's name. The names despatched by the Hedland office are as follow:--

For Broome: Joseph Johnson, Capt. Stuart, H. Brider, Hassan, a Japanese, aboriginal and Malay prisoners.

For Derby: J. McGowan.

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["The Passengers", The West Australian, Wednesday 03 April 1912, page 7]

FOR BROOME.

Steerage.

Mr. J. Johnson.

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

"The Port Hedland Bookings

The following are the names of those passengers who booked at Port Hedland by the Koombana for Broome and Derby:-

For Broome: Captain Stuart, Joseph Johnson, H. Brider, Hassan, a Japanese, Aboriginal and Malay prisoners.

For Derby: J. McGowan."

[Barker, Malcolm, 2001, The Truth Is So Precious, Success Print, Perth, Western Australia, page59]

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The first two oncoming passengers for Broome, Joseph Johnson and Captain Charles Stuart were, as Pearlers, always sensitive to the weather and in particular their brother pearlers at that moment heading into Hedland Harbour. As experienced navigators they knew that passage to Broome meant heading North to round Bedout Island some 70 miles north before heading east. This course could take them directly into a cyclone with virtually no room to manoeuvre. They would certainly have been among the first to discuss the weather prospects with Captain Allen.

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[Research file "s.s. Koombana", 1973-. Department of Maritime Archeology, Western Australian Museum, 189/73/2]

Mack McCarthy writes:

Mrs Berl Pollett

[address withheld]

"pearl dealer ex broome grandmother's brother, koombanah, steerage passenger"

["The Missing Koombana", Geraldton Guardian (WA), Saturday 30 March 1912, page 3]

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The Adelaide S.S. Company has received from its Hedland office a list of the passengers booked there who joined the Koombana for Broome, as follows:- Joseph Johnson, Capt. Stuart, Brider[sic], Hassan, and Japanese, Aboriginal and Malay prisoners. For Derby: Mr. McGowan.

["In Memoriam", The West Australian, Thursday 20 March 1913, page 1]

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JOHNSON.-In sad and loving memory of our dear brother and uncle, Joseph Maddison, who was lost on the s.s. Koombana on or about March 20, 1912, aged 32. R.I.P.

Short and sudden was his call,

Of one so dearly loved by all.

He had no time to say farewell

To those he left behind.

-Inserted by his loving sister and brother in-law, Alice and Bert Capes, also niece and nephews, Edie, Herbie, Willie, and Jack.

JOHNSON.--In ever sad and loving memory of my dear brother, Joseph Maddison, who was lost at sea on the s.s. Koombana on or about March 20, 1912, aged 32.

Sadly missed.

A painful shock, a dreadful blow,

Oh, brother dearest, we miss you so.

His memory still is ever dear,

For oft we shed a silent tear.

--Inserted by his loving sister, E. R. Johnson.

["In Memoriam", The West Australian, Friday 21 March 1913, page 1]

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JOHNSON.-In loving memory of my dear brother, Joseph Maddison, who was lost at sea on the ss. Koombana on or about March 20, 1912, aged 32.

Deeply mourned and sadly missed.

--Inserted by his loving brother, Willie Johnson, Broome.

Vessels owned or part-owned by Joseph Madison Johnson?

[Dickson, Rod (transcribed & compiled), 1996, Ships Registered in Western Australia From 1856 to 1969, published by Maritime Heritage Association (Western Australia), http://www.maritimeheritage.org.au/documents/Shipping%20Register.pdf]

SHIPS REGISTERED

IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA

FROM 1856 TO 1969.

THEIR DETAILS, THEIR OWNERS & THEIR FATE.

TRANSCRIBED AND COMPILED BY

ROD DICKSON, MERCHANT SEAMAN.

OCTOBER 1996.

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No.16, 1900, ESTHER, O/No.102233, 11.36 tons.

2 Masted Schooner.

Dimensions, 35 x 12 x 3.9 feet.

Built at Perth by W & S Lawrence during 1899.

Owner:- Alfred E Gummow, of Broome, Pearler.

Other owners, Joseph M Johnson, of Broome, Pearler.

Robinson & Norman Ltd. of Broome, Merchants.

Edmund H Hunter, of Broome, Pearler.

Fleming Clement Gregory, of Broome, Pearler.

Ancell Clement Gregory, of Broome, Pearler.

Registration cancelled on the 19/8/1986 as no trace of the vessel or owners can be found.

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No.16, 1903, EOS, O/No.117801, 12.48 tons.

2 Masted Schooner.

Dimensions, 36 x 11.8 x 3.3 feet.

Built at Fremantle by W Chamberlain during 1903.

Owner:- Robert Watts Wigmore, of Broome, Pearler.

Other owners, Joseph M Johnson, of Broome, Pearler.

William B Johnson, of Broome, Pearler.

John Stanton McKenna, of Broome, Clerk.

Streeter & Male Ltd, of Broome, Merchants.

Archie Male, of Broome, Manager.

This vessel was wrecked in a cyclone at the Lacepede Islands on the 27/3/1935 with the loss of eight

lives.

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No.54, 1903, EXCHANGE, O/No.118522, 12.32 tons.

2 Masted Schooner.

Dimensions, 37 x 11.3 x 4.8 feet.

Built at Fremantle by A E Brown during 1903.

Owner:- Joseph John Eacott, of Broome, Pearler.

Other owners, Robinson & Norman Ltd, of Broome, Merchants.

Joseph Maddison Johnson, of Broome, Pearler.

This vessel was wrecked at the entrance to Roebuck Bay near Broome on the 19/11/1910. The

vessel was then raised, repaired and reregistered as No.1 of 1922 but the registrar was not informed

of this previous registration.

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No.42, 1904, ROEBUCK, O/No.118995, 12.47 tons.

2 Masted Schooner

Dimensions, 36.5 x 12.2 x 5.75 feet.

Built at Broome by H. Yamashita during 1903.

Owner:- Joseph M Johnson, of Broome, Pearler.

Other owners, Robinson & Norman Ltd, of Broome, Merchants.

Kate Coleman, of Broome, Married Woman

Streeter & Male Ltd, of Broome, Merchants.

Sydney John Pryor, of Broome, Pearler.

Sir James Mitchell, as agent for W A Government.

Registry cancelled on the 19/8/1986 as no trace of the vessel can be found.

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No.43, 1904, CECIL, O/No.118996, 12.12 tons.

2 Masted Schooner.

Dimensions, 36.8 x 11.8 x 5.75 feet.

Built at Broome by C M Murphy & Co during 1902.

Owner:- Joseph M Johnson, of Broome, Pearler.

Other owners, Robinson & Norman Ltd, of Broome, Merchants.

Maurice Louis Aarons, of Broome, Pearler.

Arthur Male, of Broome, Merchant.

Richard Stanley Walker, of Broome, Pearler.

Hugh Richardson, of Broome, Pearler.

Ginger Thomas, of Broome, Pearler.

Florence Cross, of Sydney, Widow.

Registry cancelled on the 19/8/1986 as no trace of the vessel or owner can be found.

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No.6, 1911; ARAFURA, O/No.131601, 12.23 tons.

2 masted schooner.

Dimensions, 36 x 11.95 x 4.83 feet.

Built at Claremont by George Cooper during 1911.

Owner :- Joseph Madison Johnson, of Broome, Pearler.

Other owners, William Brooke Johnson, of Broome, Pearler.

Andrew Ogilvie Ferguson, of Broome, Pearler.

Streeter & Male Ltd, of Broome, Merchants.

Robert James Stevens, of Broome, Pearler.

Registry cancelled on the 7/3/1929 due to the sale of the vessel to foreigners, Dutch Nationals.

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APPENDIX

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JOHNSON, Joseph Maddison, of Broome, Pearler.

ESTHER, EOS, EXCHANGE, ROEBUCK, CECIL, ARAFURA.

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AB notes:

brothers Joseph Madison and William Brooke ("Willie") had some shared interest in vessels

JOHNSON, Joseph Maddison, of Broome, Pearler: ESTHER, EOS, EXCHANGE, ROEBUCK, CECIL, ARAFURA.

JOHNSON, William Brooke, of Broome, Pearler: FLORES, MURIEL, EOS, BETTY, ARAFURA.