[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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F.J. Winpenny, second grade steward 23 Leeds

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["Story of the Koombana", The Sunday Times (Perth, WA), Sunday 31 March 1912, page 12]

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P. Farrance, A. Deeham, C. H. Benedict, Edward Wardlaw, J. Hughes, J. Blades, A. Salkild, S. W. Reynolds, F. J. Winpenny, Wm. Dick, James Crosbie, Wm. Cant, R. Davies, W. Burkin, H. Smith and P. Finnerty, stewards.

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["Officers and Crew", The Sunday Times (Perth, WA), Sunday 31 March 1912, page 1]

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Several stewards, whose names appear on the articles of the Koombana, may not have joined the vessel. Captain Smith, the Port shipping master, asks that in this event the men who did not go should notify him.

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["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. Farrance, A. Deerham, C. H. Benedicte, E. Wardlaw, J. Hughes, J. Blades, A. Salkild, S. W. Reynolds, F. J. Winpenny, Wm. Dick, James Crosbie, Wm. Cant, R. Davis, W. Burkin, H. Smith, and P. Finnerty, stewards.

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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 Joe Winpenny joined Koombana (his first ship) for Trip #36, February 1912.

[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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Copy. April 1st 1912.

The Adelaide Steamship Company Ltd.,

Fremantle.

Dear Sirs,

Having noticed in our English papers that the

ship "Koombana", sailing from Port Hedland to Broome, was a

week overdue, and that it is feared that the crew and all on

board are lost, I should be glad if you could let me know

if one was on board named Joe Winpenny (steward), a young man

about 22 years of age. He left this country about twelve

months ago.

I am writing this on behalf of his widowed mother,

who is greatly worried and troubled about her youngest son.

I shall be glad if you could ascertain these particulars

and let me know as soon as ever possible.

Yours in hopes for the best

(signed) Tom Benson.

[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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Capt. T. W. Smith

Shipping Master

Fremantle.

Dear Sir,

"Koombana" crew. We enclose herewith copy

of letter received from the friend of Mr. J. Winpenny, Steward,

aboard the above steamer, which you will doubtless note on

account of wages or any effects that may be in your possession.

Yours faithfully,

[signature E Moxon]

Manager for W.A.

In pencil at the foot of the letter:

"J Winpenny Leeds England 23 4

(as we have no addresses...

[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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Fremantle 17th May 1912.

The Shipping Master

Fremantle.

Dear Sir,

"Koombana" - J. Winpenny. Yours of the 16th

instant. We have inserted the address of Mr. Tom Benson,

as requested, on the envelope enclosed by you therein, and

now return same to you for posting, in case you might wish to take

note of the address.

Yours faithfully,

[signature E Moxon]

Manager for W.A.

In pencil top right:

"T Benson

15 Victor Street,

Battey

Yorkshire

Eng."

[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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10 Belvedere Road

Mount Pleasant

Battey

Yorkshire

Eng.

June 19th 1912

Dear Sir

In reply to yours of May 16th in

respt to my son Joe Winpenny who

lost his life in the Koombana I

am sending you his Birth Certificate

as requested & shall be glad if

you will fordward any Wages that

may be due to my son or any

other belongings that he may have

left - by so doing you will

greatly oblige

Mrs Winpenny

[Wreck of the "Koombana" - photocopy of material relating to, Harbour and Lights Department, Western Australia, 1912, State Records Office of Western Australia. Series 1618, Cons. 5055, Item 001, see Koombana Relief Fund correspondence]

Mr. Hare.

The following enquiries have been addressed to us in regard to persons supposed to have been lost in the s.s. "KOOMBANA":-

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(9) Mr. Tom Benson, 15, Victor Street, Batley - writes

on behalf of mother of Joe Winpenny

(Name appears on list as cabled by Reuters Telegram

Co. but Yuills say does not appear on the list

they received from the Adelaide Steamship Co.)

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