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Evelyn Marsden

Evelyn Marsden
Born (1883-10-15)15 October 1883
Stockyard Creek, South Australia, Australia
Died 30 August 1938(1938-08-30) (aged 54)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality Australian
Occupation Stewardess, Nurse
Title Miss
Spouse(s) Dr William Abel James
Children None
Parents Walter Henry Marsden & Annie Bradshaw
Everlyn Marsden at Encyclopedia Titanica

Evelyn Marsden (later married as Evelyn James) (15 October 1883 – 30 August 1938) was the only Australian female survivor of the sinking of the RMS Titanic and was rescued in lifeboat 16.[1][2]

She was the daughter of railway worker Walter Henry Marsden (Hoyleton Stationmaster in 1912) and Annie Bradshaw. Her birthplace of Stockyard Creek is about 80 km north of Adelaide, South Australia and is now ruins.

Titanic survivor

Evelyn, who previously worked on board the ship [6]


As a youth, she learned to row a boat against the tides and currents of the Murray River while visiting a farm at Murray Bridge, South Australia. Evelyn worked as a Probationer Nurse at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (then known as the Adelaide Hospital) between 15 January and 11 November 1907. Her salary was twelve pounds per annum and she was given apartment rations, fuel, light, and a uniform. From 8 May 1907 to 5 June 1907, Evelyn went on sick leave with full pay for about a month due to contracting gangrene of the finger whilst on duty. After the Titanic disaster she returned to that farm to thank the family for teaching her to row and handle a boat properly.[2]

Later years

Following the Titanic tragedy she married Dr William Abel James, who had also worked for White Star Line. Arriving back in Australia at the Semaphore, South Australia anchorage on November 1912, her husband took up residence as a doctor in South Australia and they moved into a new apartment in Ruthven Mansions on Pulteney Street. Later they moved to Wallaroo, South Australia, living and working there for 15 months before finally moving to Bondi, Sydney, where her husband continued work as a Doctor. Everlyn died on 30 August 1938, with her husband passing away soon after and they were both buried at Waverley Cemetery, Sydney. They had no children.[2]

Their grave was unmarked until 5 October 2000, when a headstone was finally erected on their gravesite.[7]


  1. ^ Titanic Ship Crew
  2. ^ a b c Everlyn Marsden biography
  3. ^ Medical care aboard Titanic
  4. ^ Mary Sloan Letter dated 27 April 1912
  5. ^ Lifeboats
  6. ^ Titanic Voices
  7. ^ Everlyn Marsden Headstone

External links

  • Everlyn Marsden biography
  • Titanic Ship Crew
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