Is your surname Marsden?

Research the Marsden family

Evelyn Marsden's Geni Profile

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!


Evelyn Marsden

Birthdate: (54)
Birthplace: Stockyard Creek, Dalkey
Death: August 30, 1938 (54)
Place of Burial: Sydney, NSW, Australia
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Walter Henry Marsden and Annie Bradshaw
Wife of dr. William Abel James

Managed by: Private User
Last Updated:
view all

Immediate Family

About Evelyn Marsden

  • Name: Miss Evelyn Marsden
  • Born: Monday 15th October 1883
  • Age: 28 years
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Last Residence: at 7 West Marlands Terrace, Polygon Southampton Hampshire England
  • Occupation: Stewardess
  • Last Ship: Olympic
  • Victualling crew
  • First Embarked: Southampton
  • Rescued (boat 16)
  • Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
  • Died: Tuesday 30th August 1938
  • Buried: Waverley Cemetery Sydney New South Wales Australia

Grave of Evelyn Marsden Evelyn Marsden Miss Evelyn Marsden, 28, was born on 15 October 1883 at Stockyard Creek, Dalkey, the daughter of railway worker Walter Henry Marsden and Annie Bradshaw. Stockyard Creek is about 80 km north of Adelaide, South Australia and is now in ruins. By 1912, her father was the Stationmaster at Hoyleton, a tiny town about 20 km further north.

When Evelyn, whose previously ship had been the Olympic, signed-on to the Titanic on 6 April 1912 she gave her address as 7 West Marlands Terrace (Polygon, Southampton). As a stewardess she was paid monthly wages of £3 10s.

She was rescued in lifeboat 16

In her youth Evelyn would visit a farm at Murray Bridge, South Australia. While there she was taught to row a boat against the tides and currents of the Murray River. When Evelyn returned to South Australia after the Titanic disaster she made her way up to the farm and thanked the family for teaching her to row and handle a boat properly.

Shortly after the Titanic tragedy, Evelyn married Dr William Abel James, who had also worked for the White Star Line. They arrived back in Adelaide, South Australia at the Semaphore anchorage in November 1912. Her husband took up residence as a doctor at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and they moved into a new apartment in Ruthven Mansions on Pulteney Street. The couple then moved to the South Australian coastal town of Wallaroo and lived and worked there for 15 months before they moved to the Sydney suburb of Bondi where William continued to practice as a doctor. They had no children

Evelyn died 30 August 1938, her husband died soon after. His grand nephew said Dr James arranged to die when he did as he could not bear to live without his beloved Evelyn.

Evelyn James (née Marsden) and her husband are buried at Waverley Cemetery in Sydney, Australia. Until recently the grave was unmarked but on 5 October 2000 a stone was finally erected on the site.

References and Sources Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)

Credits Dave Gittins, Australia Phillip Gowan, USA Martin Forrester-Reid, Australia Andrew Rogers, Australia Wayne Starick, Australia Brian Ticehurst, UK Melanie Whiting, Australia

Related Articles and Documents

GRAVE OF EVELYN MARSDEN Derbyshire Times (1912) CHESTERFIELD VICTIM Adelaide Advertiser (1912) EVELYN MARSDEN Derbyshire Times (1912) MISS MARSDEN SAVED Grave or Memorials Grave of Evelyn Marsden

view all

Evelyn Marsden's Timeline

October 15, 1883
Stockyard Creek, Dalkey
August 30, 1938
Age 54
Sydney, NSW, Australia