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The Story of Eva Carmichael : The Wreck of the

The Story of Eva Carmichael

The Wreck of the "Loch Ard"

Paperback Published: 4th June 2018
ISBN: 9781922134103
Number Of Pages: 32

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When eighteen-year-old Eva Carmichael boarded the Loch Ard, she did so amidst rumours that the ships of the Loch Line were cursed. And so it came to pass. In 1878, the magnificent clipper was wrecked off the treacherous coast of Victoria, Australia. Though the sole female survivor, and despite having lost her entire family, Eva refused to conform to the romantic image of the ‘maiden in distress.’

In the face of a media storm, Eva remained true to herself and resolute in demanding respect for her independence. Her courage and strength are qualities that still mark Eva Carmichael out today as a truly heroic woman.


The Story of Eva Carmichael


The collaboration of Gary Crew (award winning Australian author) and Paul O'Sullivan has resulted in an innovative and interesting account of the story of Eva Carmichael, a survivor of the Loch Ard, an iron hulled clipper wrecked off the coast of Victoria in 1878. I grew up knowing the story of Grace Bussell and her efforts to rescue the passengers from the wreck of the SS Georgette in Western Australia two years earlier in 1876 but was unaware of Eva's story. By engaging with Eva as the narrator the author explores the voyage from Gravesend to Australia. Eva's brooding gives rise to a sense of foreboding that tragedy will strike and strike it does when the Loch Ard is hurled upon the rocks on the Shipwreck Coast in Southeastern Victoria. A story based on an historical event, demonstrating Eva's indomitable spirit and a will to survive. The story of Eva Carmichael forms part of Victoria's history.



The Story of Eva Carmichael

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ISBN: 9781922134103
ISBN-10: 1922134104
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 4th June 2018
Publisher: Harbour Publishing
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 0.5 x 23.5  x 31.2
Weight (kg): 0.23