South Australian Parliamentary Papers 1875 No 22
Report of Commission appointed to inquire into the subject of Railway Construction. Parliamentary Committee sat at Guichen Bay, Tuesday, 9th March 1875. In the minutes of evidence and Appendix, the Koning Willem II is mentioned three times.
1. Witness Mr. Thomas Barrett Brown.
Q: You came here to give evidence as to the Port?
Q: Did you see the wrecks of the 5 vessels?
A: I saw 3.
Q: Which 3?
A: The King William, the Alma, and the Livingstone.
Q: Was it very violent weather when they were wrecked?
2. Witness Mr. Arthur Banks.
Q: I see you have the 5 wrecks, the King William, the Sultana, Phaeton, the Alma
and the Livingstone. Are you under the impression that they were wrecked
from extraordinary causes?
A: I can only speak of the last two.
3. Appendix: List of Vessels wrecked in Guichen Bay, from the year 1857
Date: June 25, 1857
Name: Koning Willem
Remarks: A Dutch ship, very old, had landed 397 Chinese passengers,
and was ready for sea; during a N.W. gale, while riding with
only sixty fathoms chain, cut her windlass in two, and lost her
cable-did not part it-and was driven ashore on the sandy
beach. Fifteen of the crew were drowned by the boat upsetting
in the surf.