For many years I have known (or at least thought and was led to believe) that a member of our family, Samuel Mainwaring was aboard the Yongala when it sank of the Queensland coast during a cyclone in April 1911.
However, my research has left me a little confused.
My first find was a mention in The Zeehan and Dundas Herald.
|The Zeehan and Dundas Herald 1st April 1911|
|Kalgoorlie Western Argus 4 April 1911|
I now know why Samuel Mainwaring was aboard the Yongala. I always thought he was a long way from home.
The next mention of Sam begins to blur the picture. There appear to be two S Mainwarings.
|Launceston Examiner, 3rd April 1911|
The final story is from The Brisbane Courier of 3rd April 1911.
|Brisbane Courier, 3rd April 1991|
At the moment this is all I can discover. I'm sure it was our Sam Mainwaring who died as family members first told me the story. However, it has got me thinking especially as Sam has been described as a very old man.
The will of Peter Laurie Reid (Mainwaring's father-in-law) states:
I bequeath to my daughter Louisa Alice Mainwaring the wife of Samuel Mainwaring of Zeehan in Tasmania Labourer.....
This places Sam Mainwaring in Zeehan. So who was Mr Mancell's uncle? Or what happened to our Sam Mainwaring?