22a["Loss of the Koombana", Broome Chronicle (WA), Saturday 11 May 1912]

THE ENQUIRY.

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A telegram was received by the Mayor from the Chairman of the Hedland Road Board:--"My Board has requested the Premier to have Koombana enquiry kept open till evidence is taken at Port Hedland.--Moore."

From T. H. Bath (for Premier) to the Mayor (Mr. H. D. Norman):--"Replying to your wire of the 26th, I have telegraphed the Resident Magistrate Port Hedland, asking him to ascertain what evidence available and what witnesses are forthcoming. If necessary the Court could then arrange for Resident Magistrate to take such evidence on Commission."

22b[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, Memo, Colonial Secretary's staff to Premier's Department, Wednesday 27 April 1912, proposing response to requests for gathering of Koombana evidence in the Nor'-West]

THE SECRETARY TO THE PREMIER.

The Chairman of the Court of Marine Inquiry (Mr Dowley) suggests that a telegram be sent to the Resident Magistrate at Port Hedland asking him to make inquiries locally and find out whether any evidence is available which would be of assistance to the Court and what witnesses are forthcoming. If necessary, the Court could then arrange for the Resident Magistrate to take such evidence on commission.

Mr Dowley also suggests that the senders of the attached telegrams be advised of this action if taken.