- 7 August 1827
Peckham Park, Surrey, United Kingdom
- 22 October 1886
Adelaide, South Australia
- Novelist, Teacher and Writer
- Alternative Names
- Evans, Matilda (Preferred)
- Franc, Maud Jeanne (pen name)
Matilda Evans arrived in Adelaide with her family in 1851. Her first novel, Marian, or the Light of Someone's Home was completed in 1861 while Evans was working as a governess near Mt Barker. After the death of her husband, Ephraim Evans, she opened a school at Angaston and resumed writing novels. Her works, which always had religious and temperance themes, included Vermont Vale: or Home Pictures in Australia (1866), Emily's Choice: An Australian Tale (1867), Minnie's Mission: an Australian Temperance Tale (1869) and Golden Gifts (1869). Evans opened Angaston House in North Adelaide in 1868. A collected edition of her fourteen novels was republished several times.
Sources used to compile this entry: Finnis, H. J., 'Evans, Matilda Jane (1827-1886)', in Australian Dictionary of Biography Online, Australian National University, 2006, http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A040147b.htm.