Skamp, Alice Beatrice

[Passenger list, "KOOMBANA" 37, compiled 12 April 1912, Adelaide Steamship Company. provided to the author by the late Malcolm Barker]

List of passengers known to have been bound for Broome.

From Fremantle


Piggott, Mrs. Syd. ) Wife of ex-Mayor of Broome, and Secretary,

Skamp Miss G. ) Pearlers' Associations.

Skamp Miss ) The Misses Skamp daughters by a former husband.


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

Fremantle-Broome Piggott Mrs. ) Wife of ex Mayor of Broome and

Skamp Miss S. ) Sec. Pearlers Asscn. and her two

Skamp Miss G. ) daughters.

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




Miss S. Skamp.

Miss G. Skamp.

Mrs. Pigott.


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


The wife and two step-daughters of Captain Pigott, of Broome, were aboard.


["Family Notices", The Argus (Melbourne), Wednesday 15 March 1882, page 1]



SKAMP.--On the 10th inst., at 8 Anderson-street, Albert-park, the wife of R. B. Skamp, of a daughter.


AB notes:

elder sister Alice born 10 March 1882

father died 13 jan 1890, when Alice was almost 8

her mother married Syd Pigott 7 feb 1900, just before her 18th birthday

she had just had her 30th birthday aboard ship when Koombana disappeared

["Broome in Mourning", The Hedland Advocate (Port Hedland, WA), Saturday 06 April 1912, page 8]

Broome, April 4.

Broome has been in mourning over the dreadful news received of wreckage being found from the Koombana. A number clung till the last to hope, but this news has dispelled all hope.

There are some exceptionally sad cases of persons with those near and dear to them on board.

Harold Skamp, a young man employed at Messrs Streeter & Males, lost his mother and two sisters. Sid Pigott, his wife and two step-daughters;...

[Personal communication, Bethwyn Brandis, granddaughter of Koombana passenger Fred Clinch, 25 May 2005]

Background: In March 2002 Mrs Brandis, granddaughter 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:

"Jim Mayhew

[Jim's address withheld]

His great grandmother Mrs Sydney Capel Piggott and her two daughters Alice Beatrice Skamp & Genevieve Callanan Skamp were all on the Koombana. His letter was interesting re family."

[Photo reproduced with permission of Jim Mayhew]

<<>> Alice Beatrice Skamp

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Photo in keeping of Jim Mayhew

Written on back:

Alice Beatrice Skamp (Passenger) S.S. "Koombana"

Lost in hurricane off the N.W. Coast of W.A. 21.3.1912

with poss 74 crew and 76 passengers.

Born 1882.

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


For Broome.

Mrs. S. Pigott

Misses Scamp (2)


[Pigott, Stanley Pash, Sydney Capel Pigott: Biographical Outline to the Year 1919 (unpublished), Unpublished tribute to his brother, May 1954, original held by Jim Mayhew, grandson of Stanley Pigott]

See also Pigott, Mrs S.


Soon after Christmas of this year [1911] Syd sent his wife and Alice and Genevieve Skamp to Perth to escape the worst part of Broome's summer. Later on they joined Ethel and her four children at Albany for a few weeks and then returned to Perth in March 1912.

20th. March 1912. and S.S."Koombana"

The vessel was lost on the night of 20th. March near Bidout Island, between Port Hedland and Broome, with everybody aboard, numbering over 300 people, amongst whom were his wife, and his step-daughters, Alice and Genevieve Skamp.