Scougall, Robert

[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 Geraldton (All Steerage Passengers)

Lewis, William Shearer. Wife and family reside at Geraldton.


Scougall, R. Shearer, refer Mayor of Cue.

Shields, A. Shearer, refer Mayor of Cue.

Clarke, James W. Shearer, refer Mayor of Cue.


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

Geraldton-Derby Scongall R. [blank]

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


When the Koombana reached Geraldton four shearers boarded for Derby. The first, William Lewis lived in Geraldton with his wife and children. The other three Mr James Clarke, Mr A Shields and Mr R Scougall had made an overland trip by train from the gold mining centre at Cue to catch the vessel.


[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.

["The Death Roll", Geraldton Express (WA), Wednesday 03 April 1912, page 3]




The six passengers who boarded the vessel here were Messrs Wm. Lewis, S. Spencer, R. Scougall, J. W. Clarke, A. Shields and Benjamin Smith.

Of these it is understood that Messrs. Lewis, Scougall, Clarke and Shields left here to go to Derby where they intended to engage in shearing work.


["Personal", The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA), Friday 29 March 1912, page 6]


Mr. R. Scougall, late of Strathalbyn, is believed to have been a passenger by the Koombana, which, it is feared, has been lost during the gale along the coast of Western Australia. In his last letter to his sister, Mrs. Overall, of Milang, he stated he was waiting at Geraldton to board the Koombana to go to Derby, and it is supposed that he carried out his intention, as no news to the contrary has been received.


AB notes:

Sister 'Mrs Overall' at Milang, is about 50 miles SE of Adelaide, on the western shore of Lake Alexandrina. See next.

["Family Notices", The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA), Tuesday 05 April 1898, page 4]




OVERALL-SCOUGALL.--On the 16th March, at Unley, by Mr. T. J. Gore. M.A., Horace James, fifth son of the late George Overall, of Angas Plains, to Mary, youngest daughter of John Scougall, formerly of Strathalbyn.


AB notes:

"Mrs Overall is Robert's younger sister Mary.

["Murchison Passengers", The Murchison Times and Day Dawn Gazette (Cue, WA), Thursday 11 April 1912, page 3]




On Saturday we telegraphed to the representative of the Adelaide Steamship Company at Port Hedland as follows:--

"Were Messrs Clarke, Spencer, Shields, Scugall and Lewis, who booked at Geraldton for Derby, on board the s.s. Koombana when she left Hedland."

The Mayor (Mr. Hardwicke) telegraphed to the Adelaide Steamship Co. at Fremantle on Saturday, asking if Clarke, Spencer, Scugall and Shields had broken their voyage. In the evening he received this reply:--

"Four passengers mentioned booked for Derby and presumably were drowned, in the absence of any information to the contrary."

There still remained a hope while the answer to our telegram was to come. On Tuesday morning, however, the faint hope flickered out and died. The answer to our message came in the following terms:--

"The passengers you mentioned did not land at Hedland, and we are therefore unaware of their identity. We can only presume they are on board. (Signed) Adelaide Steamship Company, Port Hedland."

["Deaths", The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA), Thursday 25 April 1912, page 8]

SCOUGALL. Lost in wreck Koombana, on 21st March, Robert, third son of the late John Scougall, Strathalbyn,

and brother of Mrs. Horace Overall, Milang, in his 54th year, leaving six children to mourn their loss.

["The Sons of Martha - A Column For The Workers", The Sunday Times (Perth, WA), Sunday 21 April 1912, page 24]


Mr. L. T. Brown, secretary of the WA. Branch of the Australian Workers' Union, is gradually learning the names of the shearers who were on board the ill-fated Koombana. In addition to the names we have already published, he has since received definite information that Andy Shiels, --- Spence, Bill Lewis, R. Scougall, and --- Clark (all shearers) were amongst the passengers who left Geraldton on the Koombana. Bill Lewis had two friends with him, but it is not known definitely who they were.

From. the same source Mr. Brown has learnt that Syd. Sack, son of the publican at Derby, also joined the boat at Geraldton. This fact has not been previously notified, though the name of Mrs. Sack (Syd. Sack's mother) was published amongst the list of missing.


["Action by Australian Workers's Union", The West Australian, Thursday 30 May 1912, page 8]


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.

["Divorce Cases", The Kalgoorlie Western Argus (WA), : 1896 - 1916)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 06 December 1904, page 32]

Divorce Cases.

ADELAIDE, Nov. 30.

Two cases were before Judge Gordon in the Divorce Court to-day, in both of which the husbands went to West Australia to look for work, and the wives were alleged to have misconducted themselves during their absence.

In the first case Robert Scougall, laborer, petitioned for a divorce from Flora Ann Scougall, on the ground of adultery with Charles Martin. The petitioner left Strathalbyn for W.A. in 1900. During his sojourn in the West he received a letter from the respondent admitting misconducting herself with Martin, who , was an ostler at an hotel in Strathaltbyn. There were six children born of the marriage. His Honor found the allegation of adultery proved.



ostler (ost¦ler)



a man employed to look after the horses of people staying at an inn.

["In Memoriam", The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA), Saturday 20 March 1915, page 14]

SCOUGALL.-In loving memory of my dear father, who was ship-wrecked on S.S. Koombana, March 21, 1912.

"Thy will be done."

--Inserted by his loving son, James.

["Birth, Marriages (Deaths"), The Advertiser, Adelaide, SA]


Silver Weddings.


GATES-SCOUGALL On the 24th of March, 1915, by the Rev. Vivian Roberts, Catherine, eldest daughter of the late Robert Scougall of Strathalbyn, and Mrs. Martin, of Torrensville, to Fred, third son of Mr. Geo. and the late Jane Gates, Glenelg. Present address: 101 Brighton road, Glenelg.


AB notes:

Robert's eldest daughter Catherine was married in 1915, by which time Flora had married Charles Martin.

It is likely that the children remained with their mother after the divorce, and Robert returned to Western Australia