We must remember the 1911 immigration record for Henry Gordon gives only "Australia" as his intended place of future residence.
I have not seen Henry Gordon on Electoral Rolls in QLD
The fact that his death is registered in QLD is of course because it was in that state he was lost from the "Taiyuan"
. Thursday Island is at least 2000 kilometres from Ipswich where the Gordon BLAIR had once lived, 20 or so years previously.
By the way, it seems the "Taiyuan" went on to smash into rocks later on that voyage and was out of commission for a time.http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/225213012
Of possible interest to you Ozscot, there is some census information suggesting Georgina and Paterson BAMBER had 12 children
Not all survived to adulthood.
I agree that Henry was a professional seafarer and this sighting of possibly brother George suggests early visits to Australia for him too.
"KAROOLA" Of Melbourne
From Port of Fremantle via ports to Sydney, NSW
28th NOV 1910
BAMBER GEO. 1st G. Steward