Matthew James Bale, born 1977, was last seen on Rottnest Island, WA at 5:30pm
Monday 21st March 2016. He was wearing a yellow Hawaiian shirt, shorts and
thongs. He had no money, phone or identification. He was carrying a return ferry
Inquiries to date have failed to locate the Matthew. If you have information
that may assist police to locate Matthew please call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333
POLICE have issued a missing person’s report for well-known Fremantle
milliner and businessman Matt Bale (pictured).
The manager of the MANY business incubator in the old Myer building and
co-owner of its Kate and Abel cafe, hat and ephemera pop-up shop, was last
seen near Georgie Bay on Rottnest Island just before dusk on March 21.
Police spokesperson Susan Usher told the Herald Mr
Bale had a return ticket but the ferry company was unable to check if he had
Ms Usher said friends and family he’d normally be expected to contact since
then had not heard from him, and police enquiries hadn’t turned up any
“We need to know if we need to expand the search on Rottnest,” she said.
Mr Bale and his wife, Kate Hulett, started the St. Saviours hat brand as a
weekend hobby in 2009 back in the UK. They sold them at London markets and
festivals, and within a year had been picked up by hip fashion outlet
Topshop for its flagship store on Oxford Circus. The hats were also carried
by Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge and Anthropologie on Regent Street.
Mr Bale is about 185cm with a full beard and distinctive tattoos, including
a kookaburra on his lower right arm, an abstract pattern on his upper right
arm and a star on his lower back. He usually sports a hoop earring in each
He was last seen wearing a yellow Hawaiian shirt, black and white shorts and
HELP SEARCH FOR MATTHEW BALE ON ROTTNEST
On the afternoon of March 21 this year the delightful Matthew Bale
went missing on Rottnest Island and has not been seen since, so his
wife Kate Hulett wants to do her own search for him on Rottnest. Police
have searched the populated parts of the island but Kate now wants to
see if Matt is in one of the more remote parts.
Matthew and Kate have been very active at Fremantle’s Many 6100 at Kings
Square and well-known to many shoppers for their the Kate & Able hat
Kate wrote on Facebook:
For my own peace of mind – and for
my best friend, and husband, Matt – I am asking for help from friends of
ours, to search the rest of Rottnest, so we can rule-out him being on
the land. This is the uninhabited, rough, shrubby parts of Rotto. Its
not a fun task, and it will be hard work walking through scrub and
looking under trees and through dense foliage. Of course, it’s not an
activity suitable for everyone, and it’s absolutely not a measure of
your friendship if you do or don’t come! Honestly, I can’t articulate
how well supported and loved I’ve felt over the past six weeks!
But – if you are fairly fit
and can offer a day’s help searching an allocated area – that would be
search will start on the afternoon of Saturday 21 May, and hopefully be
done by Tuesday 24 May in the afternoon. So the full search days will be
Sunday 22, Monday 23, and Tuesday 24 May. Rottnest Express have very
generously offered free ferry tickets to volunteers, but I need to know
names and dates –
so if you are able to join us, please send me your email address and
availability, so I can arrange things and provide you with more
If you have time to help with the search please do contact Kate! It is
very heart breaking that this good man has been missing for so long and
there is no trace of him.
THE worried partner of missing Fremantle businessman Matt Bale will lead
a team to Rottnest Island in two weeks to search for him in its remote,
Kate Hulett recently made an emotional plea on Facebook for volunteers
to help in the search: so many locals responded it’s threatened to get
out of control.
Mr Bale, the manager of the MANY business incubator in the old Myer
building and co-owner of its Kate and Abel cafe, hat and ephemera pop-up
shop, was last seen near Geordie Bay on Rottnest just before dusk on
Three weeks later, no clues to his whereabouts have been found.
Ms Hulett told the Herald police
had focused their search on the populated third of the island so her
group will search the rest. She says it will be through fragile scrub so
she didn’t want to send an army of people who’d do too much
“The case is soon to be handed over to the missing persons department, which
manage the long-term missing,” Ms Hulett had posted on Facebook.
WA Police media adviser Susan Usher says police searched all areas on the
island and Mr Bale may not be on it.
“To clarify – police have not said they believe Mr Bale did not leave the
island,” she says. “It is unknown if he left the island and as it is
unknown, we will not limit our inquiries to the assumption that he is on the
island. Police continue to make inquiries and will follow up on any
information received regarding the whereabouts of Mr Bale.”
Rottnest Express will give the volunteers a free trip to the island.
Mr Bale is about 185cm and when last seen wore a full beard. He has
distinctive tattoos, including a kookaburra on his lower right arm, an
abstract pattern on his upper right arm and a star on his lower back. He
usually sports a hoop earring in each ear. He was last seen wearing a yellow
Hawaiian shirt, black and white shorts and black thongs.
Mr Bale and Ms Hulett started the St Saviours hat brand as a weekend hobby
in 2009 back in the UK. They sold them at London markets and festivals, and
within a year had been picked up by hip fashion outlet Topshop for its
flagship store on Oxford Circus. The hats were also carried by Harvey
Nichols in Knightsbridge and Anthropologie on Regent Street.