have traced   J.W. Webber arriving in Darwin aboard the MV Merkur jan 1940. on route to melbourne . where can i find a  passenger arrival list.

Also  reported to have Enlisted in the RAAF.   have found 3 entries  not yet examined.   

can any one advise me   please

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Comment by Sylvia on May 7, 2020 at 0:23

There are 3 JW Webbers on the nominal rolls, but only one seems to have been in the RAAF:





Comment by sue kent on May 7, 2020 at 18:55

Thanks Syliva  the one i am searching for  was born in Penang 1918 British subject destined to . arrive in Melbourne 1940   have a record of him being in Darwin and the ship running aground. .

I was wondering about the 3 Webbers  that haven't been  examined as yet. 

Comment by Sylvia on May 9, 2020 at 20:08

I can see that the Merkur was refloated on 22 January 1940 and that it was going to resume her voyage to Melbourne. Unfortunately the NAA does not seem have a listing for a Merkur Jan/Feb 1940 passenger list, but you could always contact the NAA to confirm the existence of this passenger list (https://www.naa.gov.au/help-your-research/ask-us-about-collection).

Reg WW2, I can see 3 John William Webbers (b 1902, 11923, 925) , 1 James William Webber (b 1912), 1 John Westcott Weber (b 1922) and none of them was born outside of Australia.

Are you sure that your JW Webber  served in the Australian Airforce? Could he have served with the RAF instead?


BTW Can I assume that your JW Web(b)er is the brother of FW Web(b)er i.e. Johnny and Frankie? So by 1947 he is definitely living in Australia where he is supposedly running a farm.


Comment by Sylvia on May 9, 2020 at 21:44

A bit of luck for you:

Sydney passenger list for the Merkur - Arrival 2 Feb 1940 for the 22year old student  John W WEBER:


Comment by sue kent on May 9, 2020 at 23:48

Yes   this is the person i am looking for .  his brother is F.W.Weber who migrated to Australia 1960s   where did you find he was running a farm? we had information he was possibly killed in 1944. having joined the RAAF or the RAF.

this is getting exciting    Sue 

Comment by Sylvia on May 10, 2020 at 0:37

1931 - fuzzy pictures of the 2 brothers:



1947 – mainly about Frankie, but also a bit about Johnny:


(there are a lot more articles but most of those are about St Andrews and boxing)

Comment by Sylvia on May 10, 2020 at 0:43

BTW I can't find a death for him among the commonwealth war graves ...

Comment by sue kent on May 10, 2020 at 14:37

Hi Sylvia  have sent a friend  request , so i can give you a bit of back ground.   to save you searching over known information..   Sue 


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