Vile, William E. (Billy)

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

Fremantle-Derby Viles W.E. Drover brother of R. Viles 835 Wellington Street Perth

[Passenger list, "KOOMBANA" 37, compiled 04 June 1912, Adelaide Steamship Company. Broome Historical Society]

List of passengers known to have been bound for Derby.




Viles, W.E. [handwritten: "Drover"] Brother to R. Viles, 835 Wellington Street, Perth.

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



Mr. D. McSwain.

Mr. W. J. McKibbin.

Mr. W. E. Vile.


["The Lost Koombana", The Register (Adelaide, SA), Friday 05 April 1912, page 5]


Smart Cattle Men.

The two brothers, George and Alfred C. Piper, who were on the Koombana, were for some time in Mr. S. Kidman's employ in Queensland. Mr. George Piper was also with the late Mr. James Tyson on the Tininburra Station. He was sent to Western Australia by Mr. Kidman to manage Meda Station for Messrs. Forrest and Emanuel, and had been most successful. "George was one of the smartest men among cattle they have had in the West," said Mr. Kidman on Thursday, "and his brother was a very capable man, too." William B. Vile, who was also on the boat, was at one time a drover for me.


["Deaths", The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA), Thursday 18 April 1912, page 8]

VILE.-William E. (Billy), the beloved brother of Mrs. W. Hawken, Gladstone-road, Mile-End.

Shipwrecked on the Koombana. Deeply regretted.

AB notes:

The address given - now Gladstone Rd, Mile End SA 5031 - is about a mile from the centre of Adelaide.

Still two Hawkens listed in greater Adelaide (but as expected after 100 years, none in Mile End)