Harry Congreve Evans i(3 works by) (birth name: Henry Congreve Evans) (a.k.a. H. Congreve Evans)
Born: Established: 10 Dec 1860 Nuriootpa, Barossa Valley, Lower North South Australia, South Australia, ; Died: Ceased: 9 Jan 1899 Adelaide, South Australia,
Gender: Male
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Born in the Barossa Valley, Harry Evans was later schooled in Adelaide. At age 16 he joined the Advertiser, eventually going to become a senior member of the literary staff. In 1889 he co-founded the weekly humorous and satirical publication Quiz (1889-1910, aka Quiz and the Lantern).

In addition to his journalistic and editorial responsibilities, Evans wrote a number of novelettes (some were published in the Quiz), and the libretto for two operas Immomeena (1893) with Moritz Heuzenroeder; and The Mandarin (1896), with John M. Dunn. Both works were staged at Adelaide's Theatre Royal. Following his death in early 1899 it was reported that he had also completed several other comedies.


  • Evan's mother, Matilda Jane Evans (nee Congreve, 1827-1886), was a teacher and novelist who wrote under pseudonym Maud Jeanne Franc.

  • His uncle was adventurer, doctor, preacher and journalist Henry John "Harry" Congreve (1829-1918). In the latter profession he was associated with the Gawler Standard and the Gawler The Bunyip during the 1880s and later with Adelaide's Advertiser. A prolific writer, his journalism was often published under the by-line "H. J. C."

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