Poor, William

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

List of Passengers Booked for Derby.

From Fremantle.


Poor W. )

Purcell W. W. ) Drovers 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]


* Purcell, W.A. Enquirer Mrs. Purcell, 23 McKenzie Street,

Brunswick, Melbourne.

* Pearson, R. Brother E.W. Pearson, c/o G.P.O. Perth. Sister

in orphanage. Nephew of Captain Pearson above.

* Poor, W. Enquiry Mrs. Fanny Thomas, Mincha via Bendigo,


* Tayler, A.S. Enquiry from T.S. Tayler, Indstone,

Shrivingham, Berkshire.

Brunswick, Melbourne.


* These men were engaged by Mr. Les Piper to proceed with him for work at

Margaret Downs Stations and Taylor has been working at Gingin.


[Research file "s.s. Koombana", 1973-. Department of Maritime Archeology, Western Australian Museum, 189/73/2, Letter dated May 1985 from Mrs M. Naschke (nee Poor), niece of Koombana passenger William Poor]

In a letter to the Maritime Museum in May 1985, Mrs M. Naschke (nee Poor) identifies herself as the niece of William Poor. She writes:

"I am told they were taking cattle (or Horses)(some say over) to Broome or Darwin

...His home town was Pyramid Hill Victoria."

AB notes:

probably not taking cattle up; rather, William was engaged to work with cattle at Margaret Downs

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




Mr. W. Poor.


["In Memoriam", The Argus (Melbourne), Monday 22 March 1915, page 1]

POOR.--In sad and loving memory of our dear Son and brother William who was lost on the ill-fated steamer Koombana,

Western Australia, 21st March 1912.

Leaves have their time to fall,

And flowers wither at the north wind's breath;

Each season has its clime,

But who shall teach us when to look for thee, O Death?

--(Inserted by his loving parents, sisters and brothers.) (Western Australian papers please copy.)