Jones, G.

[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. Jones, third cook 27 Liverpool


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

"G. Jones, third cook"

["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:--


Walter Tutt, chief cook; H. Stanberg, second cook; G. Jones, third cook; J. Jackson, kitchenman; A. G. Deller, baker; C. Walker, butcher; E. Davies, scullion;


["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. Jones, 27, Liverpool, third cook;


[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.

["News and Notes", The Western Mail (Perth, WA), Saturday 22 July 1911, page 33]

A Fatal Fall.--Wm. Jones, who was admitted to the Fremantle Hospital on Thursday last suffering from concussion of the brain, caused through a fall down the fore companion steps of the steamer Koombana, succumbed to his injuries on Saturday. The deceased, who was second cook on the Koombana, never regained consciousness.

AB notes:

G. Jones was not related to the William Jones who was second cook until his fatal accident aboard ship in July 1911.

"Thursday last": not last Thursday, but the Thursday of the previous week ie. July 13th, Koombana's day of departure for east.