Pearson, Captain William Robin

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

From Fremantle Pearson Capt. Wharfinger at Derby

[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 Fremantle [saloon]

Captain Pearson, Wharfinger at Derby, has family on farm,

William Robin Springfield Victoria.


[Barker, Malcolm, 2001, The Truth Is So Precious, Success Print, Perth, Western Australia, page53]


For Derby

Captain William Pearson, Wharfinger

Mr Alfed Piper, Manager of Meda station owned by the Emmanuels

Mr George Piper, Manager of Margaret Downs Station

Mr R Jenkins, Emmanuel Brothers representative at Derby

Mr Dean Spark, proprietor of a Wine Saloon at Derby


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



Now that it appears more than probable that the Koombana no longer exists, the personality of the passengers who most likely have shared her untimely fate will be of interest. Amongst them are several well-known people, and it is quite possible that some of them may have left the ship at an intermediate port.


Captain Pearson, the wharfinger at Derby, which was his destination by the Koombana, is an old sea captain, and was formerly in the employ of the Melbourne Steamship Company. He was for years in Fremantle, where he was very well known there.


["Loss of the Koombana", The Northern Times (Carnarvon, WA), Saturday 13 April 1912, page 2]





Mr. Burges and Mr. Norbert Keenan, both of whom were passengers as far as Roebourne on the Koombana's last trip, informed us that 1-2-3 was occupied by Mr. Simpson of the Public Works Department, and Capt. Pearson the Derby wharfinger. The fact that the door was unlocked may not prove that the shutting in of the passengers was not carried out, for the outer doors leading from before the music room to the outer deck may have been locked and the pressure on the cabin door came only after the sea forced its way through the outer door or through the music room windows.

AB notes:

Pearson and Simpson shared the port-side stateroom immediately for'ard of the Second Officer's cabin. Its door opened toward the bow, but immediately adjacent to double doors out onto the deck, and directly opposite the swinging doors to the social hall.

If the ship went through a big sea, or rolled heavily to port (not necessarily capsizing), this door would have been directly in the path of the incoming water.

["Some of the Passengers", Broome Chronicle (WA), Saturday 06 April 1912, page 2]

Among the passengers were:--

Captain Pearson, booked for Derby, wharfinger at that port. He recently returned from a trip to Victoria, leaving his wife and family there, as he intended resigning his position in Derby.

["Captain Pearson (Passenger)", The Western Mail (Perth, WA), Saturday 06 April 1912, page 24]