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Koombana Days

Written by Annie Boyd


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The elegant, ultra-modern S.S. Koombana arrived in Western Australia in March 1909. After only three years of Nor’-West service, the ship and her entire complement disappeared in a late-summer cyclone off the Pilbara coast. The vessel has never been found and the tragedy remains unexplained.

Koombana Days is the story of the ship and of the people in whose lives she figured so large.

‘It’s a fascinating mix that adds up to a work of social history that is engaging and readable for a wide general audience. [Four stars out of five]’ Books+Publishing

'a beautiful, easily-read work, well set up, with a fine clear text, richly illustrated, replete with well chosen sepia-toned photographs, with clear and informative line drawings and attractive maps,' Studies in Western Australian History


Western Australian Premier’s Book Award (Shortlisted 2014)
Margaret Medcalf Award (Commended 2014)

ISBN 9781921888885 (Hardback)
Formats Large Format Photographic (250 x 175mm) (Hardback)
Categories Award Winning
Current Affairs, Culture & Social History
Pages 400
Publication Year 2013
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
  • Annie boyd

    Annie Boyd

    Annie Boyd spent her childhood in Perth and returned to Western Australia in her thirties where her interest in marine life turned to shipwrecks and maritime history. A chance mention of Koombana at a maritime archaeology meeting sparked her interest in this still-unsolved mystery. An experienced and adventurous diver, Annie has spent months camping along the Nor’-West coast, investigating wrecks, following the ocean and its leads. In the course of her research she met with many descendants seeking information about relatives lost in the tragedy. Read more