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Bill Newbold finds sandalwood at Abrolhos Islands.
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The balance of the crew returned to Fremantle, on the same day, on the Monaro, after very generous care and hospitality from Fallowfield & Co and all the people of Geraldton.

The rescuers were hailed as heroes and the people of Geraldton sought recognition for them.

Two men that worked for Fallowfield & Co on the Abrolhos Islands, drowned and were never found while they were trying to rescue crew from the Windsor. The fishing schooner Iris found the small boat they were in upside down four miles away from the wreck on the 12th. Their names were Mr S. Mann and Mr H. Beyer.

In all, five men were lost in what could have been much worse if it hadn’t been for the bravery of men from Fallowfield &Co, the Venus and the Wanda.

On 10th February, Burns, Philips & Co, the agents for the underwriters, announced that “ all sandalwood washed up is the property of the underwriters and that they will pay two pound per ton for dry sandalwood and one pound and ten shillings per ton for wet sandalwood delivered to the Geraldton jetty”.

Fallowfield & Co, being lessees of the islands warned trespassers thereon that they would be prosecuted.

Mr W. H. Evans, chairman, of the Marine Underwriters Association, said “ he was quite satisfied that the lessees cannot interfere with the salvage rights anywhere on the islands”. Negotiations had broken down with the lessees with a view of getting the sole salvage rights; their demands had been so extortionate. He said “ the price they asked for the salvaged sandalwood delivered to Geraldton was more than the price of undamaged sandalwood”.

At the International Sandalwood Buyers Symposium in Perth, from 16th – 19th May, Tim Coakley presented a paper to Forest Products Commission (FPC), seventeen overseas sandalwood buyers, and Wescorp Sandalwood on the find.

Tim said that “the value of that 1,100 ton of what would have been large de-sapped logs and butts in today’s market would have been in excess of A$10 million. In those days the trees would have been very big and old with excellent santalol aroma qualities. Smaller parts of the tree were left behind in the bush and only the best logs were sold. This 1,100 ton on the Windsor, represents over half of the current annual sandalwood harvest in Western Australia”.

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