Ruthven Mansions

Built in two stages (1911-12 and 1914), the Ruthven Mansions was the city’s first apartment building with all the “mod cons”, including electric lighting and mechanical ventilation. After falling into disrepair, it was saved from demolition and renovated in the late 1970s into today’s apartments and shopping arcade.

One of the first residents of the Ruthven Mansions included English woman Evelyn James (née Marsden), a stewardess on the Titanic. After the disaster, she married Dr William James and they migrated to Australia, living for more than a year at the Ruthven Mansions.