On this day …….. 30th of August 1938
Evelyn Marsden, was born on the 15th of October 1883, at Stockyard Creek about 80 km north of Adelaide, in South Australia. As a youth, she learned to row a boat against the tides and currents of the Murray River while visiting a farm at Murray Bridge, South Australia. Marsden was the only Australian female survivor of the sinking of the Titanic and was rescued in lifeboat 16. After the Titanic disaster She returned to that farm to thank the family for teaching her to row and handle a boat properly. Following the Titanic she married Dr William Abel James, who had worked for the White Star Line and moved to Bondi, Sydney, where my husband continued work as a Doctor. Marsden died on the 30th of August 1938, with my husband passing away soon after and we are both buried at Waverley Cemetery, Sydney. We had no children.