Walker, Charles Gilbert Shaw (Charlie)
[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
C. Walker, butcher 32 Birkenhead
["No News of the Koombana", The Sunday Times (Perth, WA), Sunday 31 March 1912, page 1]
OFFICERS AND CREW
Charlie Walker, the ship's butcher, who stands only 5ft. high, was for a time in business as a butcher in South Fremantle. He has a wife and two children.
["Story of the Koombana", The Sunday Times (Perth, WA), Sunday 31 March 1912, page 12]
"C. Walker, butcher"
["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:--
Walter Tutt, chief cook; H. Stanberg, second cook; G. Jones, third cook; J. Jackson, kitchenman; A. G. Deller, baker; C. Walker, butcher; E. Davies, scullion;
["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:--
C. Walker, 32, Birkenhead, butcher;
["Port Paragraphs", The Sunday Times (Perth, WA), Sunday 31 March 1912, page 15]
By "The Pagan."
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.
[Research file "s.s. Koombana", 1973-. Department of Maritime Archeology, Western Australian Museum, 189/73/3]
A letter to the Maritime Museum, dated 13th November 1987, from
[Miss] A. T. Walker
"...I am trying to fill some gaps in my Family Tree and History
and a distant relative was on the KOOMBANA when she was lost."
My thoughts: possibly this C. S. Walker but not necessarily
[Passengers Arriving 1855-1922, Shipping Master's Office, Sydney. State Records Authority of New South Wales, NRS13278, X259 reel 2046, see Crew list, "Koombana", Sydney, 13 June 1909]
OF ADELAIDE, JNO. REES, MASTER, BURTHEN 4399 / 2678 TONS
FROM THE FREMANTLE via MELBOURNE TO SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES, 13TH JUNE 1909
Surname Given name Station Age Of what Nation Status
WALKER C. 3rd COOK 26 BIRKENHEAD CREW
Charlie had been with Koombana almost since the beginning
In June 1909 he was 3rd Cook.
["In Memoriam", The West Australian, Friday 21 March 1913, page 1]
WALKER.-In loving remembrance of my dear husband, Charles Gilbert Shaw, who was lost at sea on the s.s. Koombana, March 20-21, 1912. Twelve months have gone and still no tidings of the lost ones.
Your end came suddenly, the shock severe;
We little thought your death was near.
Only those who have lost are able to tell
The pain that is felt at not saying farewell.
-Tnserted by his loving wife, C. B. Walker, and little children, Ernest, Doreen, and Thelma.
WALKER.-In loving memory of my dear son in-law, Carles G. S. Walker, who lost his life on the ill-fated Eoombana, March 20-21, 1912.
It seems but a day since he bade us good-bye;
His heart full of hope and his spirit so high.
How little we thought when he left us that day
The trim hand of death would soon tear him away.
-Inserted by his mother-in-law and father-in law, Mr. and Mrs. Holzberger, and sisters-in law and brothers-in-law, and cousins, G. and W. McKee.