[Passenger list, "KOOMBANA" 37, compiled 02 April 1912, Adelaide Steamship Company. Noel Butlin Archives Centre, Australian National University, 0186/N46/634]
Fremantle-Derby Quinland Thos Aged 21 Shearer ) Mother living at
Quinland Richard Aged 25 do ) Northam.
["The Passengers", The West Australian, Wednesday 03 April 1912, page 7]
Mr. D. McSwain.
Mr. W. J. McKibbin.
Mr. W. E. Vile.
Mr. T. Quinland.
Mr. R. Quinland.
["Story of the Koombana", The Sunday Times (Perth, WA), Sunday 31 March 1912, page 12]
SOME OF THE PASSENGERS.
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.
Some anxiety was felt at Northam as to the fate of two brothers, Richard and Thomas Quinlan, who were believed to have booked through to Derby, where they were engaged to start shearing, but in all probability they left the ship at Carnarvon. Mrs. J. Hill, of the Leake Estate, Northam, is a sister of the Quinlans.
[Research file "s.s. Koombana", 1973-. Department of Maritime Archeology, Western Australian Museum, 189/73/4]
Jack Soreson - The Shearers' Bard of W.A. (1907-1949)
The Gun of Glindavor[?] and other Ballads - Perth 1932
Soreson dedicated "The Lost Shearing Team" to the shearers who sailed from Port Hedland
on the Koombana in 1912. He tells of the team setting off from Port Hedland for Derby
from where they would set off overland for Liveringa Station.
["Action by Australian Workers's Union", The West Australian, Thursday 30 May 1912, page 8]
ACTION BY AUSTRALIAN WORKERS' UNION.
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.
[Personal communication, Bethwyn Brandis, granddaughter of Koombana passenger Fred Clinch, 25 May 2005]
Background: In March 2002 Mrs Brandis, grand-daughter of Fred Clinch, sought to contact with other descendants of those lost on the Koombana. She placed an advertisement in The West Australian under the heading "Can you help?". She was very surprised at the response and has recorded the correspondence which followed. Amongst her correspondents:
Terry sent me photos of the memorial at Port Hedland. His mother would be 86 now. His two great uncles Tom and R. Quinlan were on the Koombana."