[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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C. Stanley, A.B. 32 London

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["No News of the Koombana", The Sunday Times (Perth, WA), Sunday 31 March 1912, page 1]

OFFICERS AND CREW

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Charlie Stanley, one of the A.B.'s, was at one time in the United States Navy, and came here from Canada. He worked for a long time on the Fremantle wharf.

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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.

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There is no C. Stanley on this later, more detailed listing of the able seamen.

["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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P. Clinton, 31, Drogheda, able seaman;

F. Wilson, 36, South Shields(?), able seaman;

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

T. McDonnell, 33, Dublin, able seaman;

William A. Farnell, 33, London, able seaman;

W. Carton, 36, Liverpool, able seaman;

M. Ryan (or Heffernan), 34, Bristol, able seaman;

M. Dwyer, 25, Dungarvon, able seaman;

P. Jenkins, 25, Stirling, able seaman;

J. McGluckin, 35, Harrington, able seaman;

F. Gunning, 32, Bristol, able seaman;

S. E. Stewart, 18, London, ordinary seaman;

F. Herbert, 18, Victoria, ordinary 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]

The register indicates that Charlie Stanley, 28, London, A.B., joined Koombana from HMS Encounter on 8 Feb. 1912.

["Port Paragraphs", The Sunday Times (Perth, WA), Sunday 31 March 1912, page 15]

Port Paragraphs

By "The Pagan."

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Many of those who are on the boat which has been reported missing are well known in this town. Charlie Stanley, one of the able-bodied seamen, used to be employed on the wharf and at one time was in the U.S.A. Navy. Charlie was a well-known figure at the Port, and so was Charlie Walker, a South Fremantle identity, who acted as the ship's butcher. Another of those who missed the boat was a son of Charlie May, a well-known jeweller. May, jun., decided that he had had enough of the sea, and went on the land instead. Captain Pearson, who is also on the boat, wherever she is, was for years a sea captain, and his face was as familiar to us Portonians as the town clock.

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[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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No 790394 Pte C. Stanley.

131st Battalion C.E.7

New Westminster. B.C.

Canada.

22/1/16.

J. W. Smith Esq.

Shipping Master.

Freemantle. Australia.

Dear Sir/

Your favor of 19th Nov. 1915 duly

to hand.

I forwarded full particulars of my identity as

next of kin to Chas H. Stanley, who lost his life

on "S. S." Koombana, in March 1912, to the Testator

of Intestate Estates, Perth. Australia, and am

now enclosing a sworn statement that I am the

brother of, & only heir to the abovementioned deceased,

which I trust will be sufficient to establish my

claim to his estate.

My brother, Charles Herbert Stanley, was

born on 21st April 1880, at Brixlore?, Surrey,

joined the Royal Navy on 22nd Aug 1895, & took his

discharge from the H. M. S. Encounter on 6th May

1910, at Freemantle, Australia. His address

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Bank draft from National Bank of Australasia

to Canadian Bank of Commerce

for Six pounds five shillings and elevenpence.

[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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Re. Charles Herbert Stanley deceased.

I, Claude Stanly of Milner in the Province of British

Columbia, now serving with the 131st. Battalion C.E.F.

do make oath and swear:-

(1) That I am the elder brother and only surviving

Relative of Charles Herbert Stanley of Freemantle

Western Australia.

(2) That the said Charles Herbert Stanley was not married

(3) That the said Charles Herbert Stanley lost his life

on S.S. Koombana of the Adelaide S.S. Company, which

ship was lost with all hands in March 1912.

(4) That I am the next of kin and legal heir of the said

Charles Herbert Stanley.

[signed] Claude Stanley

Sworn before me at New Westminster, Province of

British Columbia this 24th. Day of January 1916.

[signed] B. G. Walker

Captain & Quartermaster 131st Battalion

C. E. F.

Justice of the Peace in and for the Province of

British Columbia.

[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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[date unclear, but stamped as received 8.11.15]

The Manager

Adelaide Steamship Co

Dear Sir/

With reference to the lost

of the SS Koombana in 1912 whereby

my brother Charles. H. Stanley lost his

life. I understand that your Co. owes

this estate the sum of 6.8.0 wages

due which the Curator of intestate

estates Perth informs me is pay-

able by the shipping master. If I

am incorrect in supposing him to

mean your Co. you would greatly

oblidge me by forwarding this letter

to the proper quarter. for identification

purposes my signature could be

referred to Curator of Intestate Estates

Supreme Court Perth who will satis-

fy you. I am the sole heir of

the deceased. An early reply will

oblidge/

Yours truly

Claude Stanley

Milner P.C. B.C.

[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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Claude Stanley sends a receipt for wages received.

RECEIVED from N. M. Matheson, Shipping Master of the Port of

New Westminster, B. C., DRAFT on the Canadian Bank of Commerce at

New Westminster, B. C., value Six pounds, five shillings and eleven-

pence (6. 5. 11), being amount received form Thos. W. Smith, Shipping

Master of Fremantle, Western Australia.

[signed] Pte Claude Stanley

Reg No. 790394 Batt 131st

New Westminster

B. C.

[stamped] "Customs Canada May 26 1916"