McDermott, Delia

[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]



D. McDermott, assistant stewardess 30 Dublin


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

"J. McDermott, assistant stewardess"

["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:--


A. Freer, stewardess;

J. McDermott, assistant stewardess.


["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:--


D. McDermott, 30, Dublin, assistant stewardess;


[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 suggests that both Delia McDermott and William Burkin transferred to Koombana from Marloo on 25 August 1911.

[Official Log Book s.s. "Koombana", 28/8/1911 - 21/01/1912, State Records Office of Western Australia. ACC 1056 AN 16/4 Item 117]

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Miss D. McDermott who temporarily signed on at Sydney on 25/8/11 as Saloon Stewardess @ $4/-/- is this day put back to Asst. Stewardess @ $3/10/-. Thomas M Allen Master

[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]


Shipping Master


Please forward any money

due to the estate of the late

Miss D McDermott who was

lost in the SS "Koombana"

to the Shipping Master, Sydney.

Sir I am the distressed mother

who's daughter was lost in the Koombana

I am Sir

Yours Sincerely

Delia McDermott

the letter is date-stamped



29 MAY 1912


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


McDERMOTT.-In loving memory of our sincere friend, Delia McDermott (stewardess), who lost her life on s.s. Koombnna, about March 20, 1912.

-Inserted by her loving friends, George and Rhoda. Sydney papers please copy.