Mr Arthur Gordon McCrae
Mr Arthur Gordon McCrae, 32, was born in Adelaide on 7 January 1880. Arthur's grandmother was Georgiana Huntly McCrae (1804-1890) the (illegitimate) daughter of George, 5th Duke of Gordon and Jane Graham. Georgiana migrated to Australia with her husband Andrew (1800-1874). They had nine children, the fourth was Farquhar Peregrine R. McCrae, Arthur's father
Arthur was the youngest son of Farquhar Peregrine Gordon McCrae (1838-1915), a former inspector of the Bank of Australasia, Sydney, Australia, and Emily Aphrasia Brown.
He was educated at the Sydney Grammar School and at St Paul’s College, Sydney University, and graduated as a Bachelor of Engineering.
Arthur in University days in his St Paul's College - University of Sydney Cricket Blazer
After completing his studies he received an appointment at a gold-mine in West Africa, from which he proceeded to the post of assistant-manager of the Spasky copper-mine, Akmolinsk, Siberia. He became engaged to the daughter of the mine manager.
McCrae boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a Second Class passenger. He was travelling to meet friends in Canada. He died in the sinking, his body was recovered by the MacKay Bennett (#209) and buried at Fairview Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia on 10 May 1912.
Later, a Celtic cross was erected at his grave, the tallest among those in the Titanic section.
The inscription reads:
One on the mementos his family treasures is a set of silver spoons, from Siberia, now affectionately known as "the Titanic Spoons".
References and Sources
Unknown Newspaper (Sydney, Australia), 1912, Obituary
CreditsJohn Cowper, Australia (Great Nephew of Arthur Gordon McCrae)
Bob Knuckle, Canada
Link and cite this page
(2013) Arthur Gordon McCrae Encyclopedia Titanica (ref: #507, accessed 4th December 2013 03:11:56 PM) URL : http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/titanic-victim/arthur-mccrae.html
Titanic Passenger and Crew Summary
Name: Mr Arthur Gordon McCrae
Born: Wednesday 7th January 1880
Age: 32 years (Male)
Last Residence: in Sydney New South Wales Australia
2nd Class Passengers
First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 237216 , £13 10s
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912).
Body recovered by: Mackay-Bennett (No. 209)
Buried: Fairview Lawn Cemetery Halifax Nova Scotia Canada on Saturday 11th May 1912.