THE LATE CAPTAIN
A. W. RANDELL
Captain Albert Wentworth Randell. who died on October 3 last at Miss Laurence's private hospital in Ade- laide, was a well known river iden-
tity. Born at Gumeracha 51 years ago, he was the fourth son of the late Captain W. R. Randell, the hon- oured pioneer of steamship navigation on the Murray. Captain Albert Ran- dell spent nearly all of his life on the river and was an acknowledged authority on its navigation. For a period of five years he acted as chief engineer and watermaster of the Ren- mark Irrigation Trust, and latterly his activities were divided between "life on the land" and the river. Not long since Captain Randell purchased the s.s. Tyro, and with this vessel he commenced cargo carrying opera- tions. During his career he com- manded many steamers. For about about eighteen months before his death Captain Bandell had been in indifferent health, but he was only in hospital a fortnight before the end came. At the time of his death he was in command of the s.s. Federal for the Irrigation Commission and was running the boat between Berri and Cobdogla. Captain Randell was a man of artistic temperament and like- able disposition. He was thrice mar- ried. His widow, formerly Miss Em- ma Agnes Stoeckel, is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. Stoeckel of Paringa House. His second wife was a daugh-
ter of Mr. C. A. Preiss of Devon Downs. Mannum. Three sons of a former marriage were at one time resident in Renmark, and one of them, "Cos," was killed during the Great War. There are four sisters of Cap-
tain Randell and two brothers, well
known on the lower river, living.