A South Australian historian has cast doubt on a late Mount Gambier councillor's claims that he survived the 1912 Titanic tragedy.
"Survivor invited to premiere" was the headline that appeared in Mount Gambier's Border Watch newspaper in April 1959.
The story told of local man John Butler who had been asked to attend the premiere of the new film about the Titanic — A Night to Remember — being the only Australian survivor of the 1912 maritime disaster the theatre was able to locate.
The story spun a tragic tale of the nights events, saying that Mr Butler was one of eight quartermasters on board the fateful cruise liner when it hit the iceberg and how he had been put in charge of Lifeboat No. 7 along with 40 survivors, which "rocked in the icy seas for about 14 hours before its occupants were picked up by rescuers".
The former ward councillor told the Border Watch he would not be attending the Adelaide premiere, because the film would recall "too many memories".
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