Piper, George

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

Fremantle-Derby Piper G. In the employ of Emmanuel Bros.

[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]


Piper, Alfred Charles Manager, Meda Station (Emanuels). Born in

England, Nephew at Derby.

Piper, George Manager, Margaret Downs Station, brother of



[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


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




Mr. G. Piper.


["The Koombana - No Further Tidings - Some Additonal Passengers", The Murchison Times and Day Dawn Gazette (Cue, WA), Saturday April 13 1912, page 3]

"Others known to be on the vessel are:-Smith (Broome), Gilbert and Bailey (Broome), Smith (Derby), and Taylor (proceeding to Derby under engagement to Mr. Piper)."

["Koombana's Passenger List", Broome Chronicle (WA), Saturday 30 March 1912]



For Derby.


Meesrs. Piper (2)


["Koombana's Fate", The West Australian, Thursday 04 April 1912, page 7]

Two Queensland Passengers

Brisbane, April 3.

Two passengers of the missing Koombana are Mr. George and Mr. Alfred Piper. The first named was manager of the Margaret Downs Station and his brother Alfred was manager of Neda. The Pipers came to Queensland as lads, and lived in Brisbane some years. They took up station work in the employ of the late James Tyson, who had a very great regard for the young fellows. They left Queensland some years ago for station work in Western Australia. They had been to Perth on a holiday trip.

["Two of the Passengers", The Mercury (Hobart, Tas.), Thursday 04 April 1912, page 5]


BRISBANE, April 3.

Two of the passengers missing on tha Koombana are George and Alfred Piper. The first was manager of the Margaret Down Station, and his brother, Alfred, manager of the Meda. Tho Pipers came to Queensland as lads, and lived in Brisbane for some years. They took up station work in tho employ of the late Hon. Jas. Tyson, who had a very great regard for tho young fellows. They were capable and steady. They left Queensland some years ago, and took up station work in West Australia. They had been to Perth on a holiday trip, and were returning to the north hy the Koombana. A niece of the Pipers is resident in Brisbane.

["The Lost Koombana", The Register (Adelaide, SA), Friday 05 April 1912, page 5]


Smart Cattle Men.

The two brothers, George and Alfred C. Piper, who were on the Koombana, were for some time in Mr. S. Kidman's employ in Queensland. Mr. George Piper was also with the late Mr. James Tyson on the Tininburra Station. He was sent to Western Australia by Mr. Kidman to manage Meda Station for Messrs. Forrest and Emanuel, and had been most successful. "George was one of the smartest men among cattle they have had in the West," said Mr. Kidman on Thursday, "and his brother was a very capable man, too." William B. Vile, who was also on the boat, was at one time a drover for me.


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



Now that is 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.


Messrs Piper and Jenkins both manage stations for Messrs. Emanuel Bros., and were returning to Derby after a trip to the metropolis. Mr. Jenkins was accompanied by his daughter.


["Fate of the Koombana", The Northern Times (Carnarvon, WA), Saturday 06 April 1912, page 2]


Mr. George Piper, manager of Messrs. Emanuel Bros.' Gogo cattle station, was about 30 years of age, and was taking five men with him for that station. He was engaged to be married to one of Mrs. Boor's sisters.

His brother, Mr. Alfred Piper, manager of Messrs. Emanuel Bros.' Meda, and was about 28 years of age.


["Some Of The Passengers", Broome Chronicle (WA), Saturday 06 April, 1912]


Messrs. Piper (2), station managers for Emanuel Bros., en route to Derby to return to their posts.

["In Memoriam", The West Australian, Monday 31 March 1913, page 1]


PIPI.-In memory of the Pipi brothers, who were lost at sea on board the Koombana, 1912.

The lips need not speak where the heart mourns sincerely,

And thoughts often dwell where they seldom are seen.

-Inserted by their friend and bushmate, P. Corbett.


AB notes:

'Pipi' brothers? This has to be George and Ally Piper!

see Alfred Piper, above