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The Titanic — 100 years of Myths and Messages

The sinking of RMS Titanic 100 years ago on 15 April 1912 has become a tragic symbol of unity and sacrifice;  heroic first-class male passengers gave their lives so that women and children, rich and poor, might be saved.

Although elements of this narrative are true, Sarah Gregson examines the rhetoric which deflected attention from from the skewed nature of survival statistics and the heavy toll among third class passengers and crew. She also looks at the aftermath of the sinking in Southampton (where most of the crew signed on) and the treatment meted out to victims’ families and some Australian links with the sinking.

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