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Augusta Tatham

Female abt 1874 - 1881  (~ 6 years)



  • Name Augusta Tatham  [1
    Known as "Dolly" 
    Birth abt Nov 1874  Royal Artillery Barracks, Portsmouth Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 2, 3
    Emigration 1879  Canada Find all individuals with events at this location   [4
    • Cabin passengers on "Peruvian" arr Quebec ex Liverpool 21 Sep 1879: Mrs Tatham (lady), R B Tatham (ch), C H Tatham (ch), H Tatham (gent), Mrs Tatham (lady), Inf Tatham (inf)
    Residence Apr 1881  London, ON Find all individuals with events at this location   [1
    Death 24 May 1881  London, ON Find all individuals with events at this location ; Cause: Drowning  [3, 5
    • On May 24, 1881 Queen Victoria celebrated her 62nd birthday. The event offered Londoners a rare holiday from their six-day workweeks. Many had decided to take the 15 cent boat ride to Springbank Park and the ferry operators were eager for the extra business. By the time the Victoria arrived at the park for the afternoon's last return trip, the dock was packed.
      The Victoria was designed to carry 400 passengers. By the time it pulled out from the Springbank pavilion at five o'clock it carried 650. The passengers were excited and kept rushing from one side to the other. Captain Rankin told them repeatedly to stand still and not crowd so much. Coincidentally, near the site of the plaque, the London City Rowing Club, unaware of the Victoria's peril, decided to race it down the Thames in their scull. It was the final ingredient for disaster.
      People rushed over to the right hand side of the ship to take a look but the crowd was just too big. The ship keeled over and the boiler rolled off its mount. As it toppled overboard the boiler took out the main supports for the top deck which then collapsed on the passengers below. In a matter of seconds the structure of the Victoria had disintegrated in seventeen feet of water.
      The scenes that followed can only be described as horrific. Many women were dragged under the surface by the weight of their waterlogged dresses. The total death count was estimated at 182, although it was probably higher. It was London's greatest loss of life in a single day.
      "The captain blamed the people. The people blamed the owners of the ship and the company line," sums up Kenneth McTaggart, the author of the 1978 book, The Victoria Day Disaster. "Everybody blamed everybody else without realizing - they all caused it." [Waymarks website accessed 19 Oct 2010]
    Victoria River Boat Disaster (24 May 1881)
    Victoria River Boat Disaster (24 May 1881)
    Augusta Tatham ("Dolly"), aged 7, was one of the 182 victims
    Person ID I3663  Tatham | Heathcote branch | Descendant - male line
    Last Modified 05 Jan 2012 

    Father Herbert Tatham,   b. 28 Feb 1838, Middlesex Hospital, Marylebone Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Oct 1900, London, ON Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Mother Emily Evans Springer,   b. abt 1839, Nova Scotia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jan 1899, Canada? Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years) 
    Marriage 23 Dec 1868  St Paul's Cathedral, London, ON Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    Family ID F0787  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - abt Nov 1874 - Royal Artillery Barracks, Portsmouth Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEmigration - 1879 - Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1881 - London, ON Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - Cause: Drowning - 24 May 1881 - London, ON Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S01] Census, Canada, 1881.
      age 7 b England

    2. [S02] BMD Index, birth reg Fareham, 4Q1874.

    3. [S28] Family Bible, Heathcote Tatham.

    4. [S12] Passenger Lists, Peruvian, 21 Sep 1879.

    5. [S33] Family Letters, Bregatta Fordney, 05 May 1949.
      Letter to Arthur Tyrone Tatham