[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]

THE CREW AGE BIRTHPLACE

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H.A. Rea, A.B. 34 London

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

"P. Clinton, F. Wilson, H. B. Rea, C. Stanley, T. McDonnell, William A. Farnell, W. Carton, M. Ryan, M. Dwyer, P. Jenkins, J. McGuckin and F. Gunning, A.B.'s"

["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:--

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P. C. Clinton, F. Wilson, H. B. Rea, C. Stanley, T. McDonnell, William. A. Farrell, W. Carton, M. Ryan, M. Dwyer, P. Jenkins, J McGuckin, and F. Gunning, A.B.'s.

...

["The Koombana", The West Australian, Friday 12 April 1912, page 7]

OFFICIAL LIST OF CREW

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:--

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H. A. Rea, 34, London, able seaman;

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[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]

Harry Rea clearly records his name here as H. A. Rea, and not H. B. Rea.

[Passengers Arriving 1855-1922, Shipping Master's Office, Sydney. State Records Authority of New South Wales, NRS13278, X259 reel 2046, see Crew list, "Koombana", Sydney, 13 June 1909]

KOOMBANA

OF ADELAIDE, JNO. REES, MASTER, BURTHEN 4399 / 2678 TONS

FROM THE FREMANTLE via MELBOURNE TO SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES, 13TH JUNE 1909

Surname Given name Station Age Of what Nation Status

REES JNO. MASTER CREW

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REA H.A. A. B. 30 LONDON CREW

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AB notes:

Harry Rea had been with Koombana since June 1909 at least.

[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]

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The Shipping Master,

Fremantle.

Dear Sir,

" K O O M B A N A "

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H.A.Rea, A.B. We have handed you the original letter we

received from the brother of this man. The Mother's address,

as previously advised, is:- Mrs F. Rea, 21, Conderton-road,

Loughboro Junction, Camberwell, London.

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Yours faithfully,

[signed by Moxon]

Manager for W.A.

[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]

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George Rea Stoker

H.M.S. Forte

Mess 17

Durban 29/5/12

Dear Sir/

Can you by any chance give me

any information about my brother or about

the S.S. Koombana which is reported as

foundered. will you kindly let me know

if anybody was saved. My Mother is terribly

anxious, as my Brother is the eldest son

and practically her sole support she being

a widow. I should esteem it a great

favour sir if you could let me know

as soon as possible

I Am Sir

Yours Respectfully

George Rea

[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]

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30th. October

Sir,

I enclose herewith Bank Draft (1st. of exchange) on the

National Bank for 12: 14: 8. being the equivalent of 12:16:10

wages (6:8:0 each) due to the late N. A. Rea and P. Jenkins,

seamen of the illfated KOOMBANA and shall be glad if you will

pay to the relatives of the deceased on production of the necessary

evidence. The addresses of the relatives are:-

Mrs. Fanny Rea,

21, Conderton Road,

Loughboro Junction,

Camberwell, LONDON. S.E.

Mr. Willie Jenkins

c/o John Wilson Esq.,

Lairdeland Terrace,

Queen Street, KIRKENKELLOCH,

Scotland.

Yours faithfully,

SHIPPING 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]

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21. Conderton Road

Loughboro Junction

Camberwell S.E.

20-9-12

Sir/

My son George of

H.M.S. Forte informs me

that there is a [unclear]

of 6.8. being a part

of my son Harry Reas

wages due from the "Koombana"

Would you kindly

remit the [unclear] to

me I should be

very grateful for it.

I enclose his Birth

Certificate.

I am Sir

Yours Obe'ly

Fanny Rea

[Wreck of the "Koombana" - photocopy of material relating to, Harbour and Lights Department, Western Australia, 1912, State Records Office of Western Australia. Series 1618, Cons. 5055, Item 001, see Koombana Relief Fund correspondence]

EXTRACT FROM LETTER RECEIVED FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE

"KOOMBANA" RELIEF COMMITTEE, PERTH

Dated 31st July, 1912.

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"I give you hereunder a list of persons in Great Britain

to whom the Perth Committee has allotted amounts, and shall be

glad if you will communicate with the Agent-General, requesting

him to pay the sum mentioned in each case, out of the amount he

has in hand, and forward the receipts to me at the earliest

possible opportunity:-

Miss Wardlaw, 36 Bank Street, Hillhead, Glasgow, 47.

Mrs. W. C. Dick, 4 James Park, Burntisland, N.B., 47.

Mrs. W. Clarke, Chestnut Grove, off Marsh Lane, Boudel

Liverpool, England, 65.

Mrs. Levins, 87 Strand Street, Cloyerhead, Drogheda,

Ireland, 11.

Mrs. M. Dwyer, King Street, Abbyside, County Waterford,

Ireland, 11.

Mrs. W. Carton, Droghed, County Louth, Ireland, 11.

Mrs. J. Kearne, 36 Malcolmson Street, Springfield Road,

Belfast, Ireland, $11.

Mrs. Rea, 21 Conderton Road, Loughboro Junction, Camberwell,

London, S.E. 11.

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Further names since received:-

A. Dellar (? English address)

- Clinton ( " Local Committee making enquiries

- Offord ( " " " decline applica-

tion for assistance.

W. Burkin ( " Nothing done so far.

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