Smith, William

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

Fremantle-Broome Smith W. [blank]

[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


Smith, William * Passage paid Broome by Mrs. Goddard. Resided

at Bagot Road, Subiaco. Worked passage and

gave his ticket to his mate H. Bates (reported

by Mrs. Wheeler, 333 Hay Street, Perth).

John Smith resides at Metcalf Street, Wallsend,

via Newcastle, N.S.W.


Bates, H. * See above


Note * signifies that the person indicated is supposed to have booked ahead.

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




Mr. W. Smith.


["The Koombana", The Murchison Times and Day Dawn Gazette (Cue, WA), Saturday 13 April 1912, page 3]

Perth, Friday.

There are no further tidings of the s.s. Koombana. The Adelaide Shipping Company advises the following additions to the passenger list of the Koombana: Bates, steerage for Broome, George Lawrence, shearer for Derby. Both booked aboard. Others known to be on the vessel are:-Smith (Broome), Gilbert and Bailey (Broome), Smith (Derby), and Taylor (proceeding to Derby under engagement to Mr. Piper).

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



The Adelaide S.S. Company advises the following additions to the passenger list of the Koombana:--H. Bates, steerage, for Broome, and Geo. H. Lawrence, a shearer, whose wife resides at Woodlupine, for Derby, both of whom booked on board. Of the others known to be on the vessel, W. Smith, a passenger for Broome, had been residing in Bagot-road, Subiaco; Gilbert Bailey, for Broome, had two brothers in Somersetshire, England. and had friends at Maylands; and W. Smith, a passenger for Derby had a father residing at Gaffneys' Creek, Victoria. Mr. A. S. Tayler, who was amongst the unfortunate Koombana's passenger, was well known in the Gingin district, having worked for Mr. G. J. Gooch. Mr. Taylor was a native of Berkshire, England, and landed at Fremantle in November last by the s.s. Uganda. He wis proceeding to Derby under engagement to Mr. Piper.


["Goldfields Man On Board", The Kalgoorlie Western Argus (WA), Tuesday 02 April 1912, page 19]

Goldfields Man On Board.

Among the passengers who left port in the s.s. Koombana was a Mr. W. Smith, who is believed to be identical with a W. Smith who was in the employ of Mr. W. Lewis, baker of Boulder, for some years. He left the fields for the coast about five years ago, and in a letter to a friend at Boulder, written about three weeks ago, he stated that he intended to leave for the Nor'-West by the s.s. Koombana on her next voyage. Mr. Smith had relatives on the fields, and it is understood his parents reside at Wallsend, New South Wales.