Matthews, Charlie

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

Carnarvon-Derby Matthews C. Drover

[Northern Times]

"C. Matthews, teamster"

[Passenger list, "KOOMBANA" 37, compiled 04 June 1912, Adelaide Steamship Company. Broome Historical Society]

List of passengers known to have been bound for Derby.


From Carnarvon

Binning T. Son of owner of Winderie Station aged 23 years.

Matthews C. Drover (?) steerage.

Bailey C.A. Late Manager for Wooramel Pastoral Coy.


[Barker, Malcolm, 2001, The Truth Is So Precious, Success Print, Perth, Western Australia, page 54]


Thomas Binning was also waiting for the Koombana in Carnarvon and watching her approaching the mile long Jetty may well have made leaving his fatherís Minderie Station seem longer than a week ago. The 23 year old Thomas had walked 120 miles into Carnarvon with Charlie Matthews a drover aged between 40 and 50. Both men hoped to work with cattle at Levarynga Station. Thomas would probably have known the other passenger from Carnarvon Mr C. A. Bailey manager for the Wooramel Pastoral Company.


["Action by Australian Workers's Union", The West Australian, Thursday 30 May 1912, page 8]


Among those who lost their lives on the Koombana were a number of men--about 20 in all, so far as can be officially ascertained--who were proceeding to the shearing sheds in the North-West. These men were members of the Australian Workers' Union, and their mates on the Upper Liveringa Station have subscribed and forwarded to the head office of the Union in Perth the sum of £50 15s. 6d. to be distributed among the widows and orphans of their late comrades. The secretary of the union (Mr. T. L. Brown) has obtained authority from the headquarters of the Union in the Eastern States to forward subscription lists throughout the shearing sheds in this State in order to augment the amount already donated.