Arthur Gordon McCrae

Mr Arthur Gordon McCrae

  
© John Cowper, Australia

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.

Young Arthur with sister Emily, and brother Colin pictured at their Chatswood, Sydney (NSW, Australia) home.
© John Cowper, Australia
Family group, taken at Chatswood
Back row: Murison, Violet (sister) Second back row: 'Granny' McCrae (Emily) - Arthur's mother, Farquhar - Arthur's father
Front row, Emily, Arthur, Francis; In front: Colin
© John Cowper, Australia

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
© John Cowper, Australia

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.

Dressed to brave the Siberian winter.
© John Cowper, Australia
Arthur's fiancé.
© John Cowper, Australia

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.

 

NO. 209 - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 45. FAIR - HAIR.

CLOTHING - Blue suit; white canvas shoes; flannel shirt.

EFFECTS - Diamond and emerald ring; gold links; two watches; key chain; keys; pencil case; foreign bills; letter case.

NAME - GORDON McCRAE.

Later, a Celtic cross was erected at his grave, the tallest among those in the Titanic section.

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McCrae's grave at Fairview Cemetery, Halifax
© Bill Fowler, Canada

The inscription reads:

 

'In Loving memory of Arthur Gordon McCrae B.E., University of Sydney, NS Wales, Australia who lost his life in the wreck of the Titanic, April 1912, 32 years "Faithful unto death'

 

Notes

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
Record of Bodies and Effects: Passengers and Crew, S.S. Titanic (Public Archives of Nova Scotia) (#209)

Credits
John Cowper, Australia (Great Nephew of Arthur Gordon McCrae)
Bob Knuckle, Canada

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