Born: Established: 10 Dec 1860 Nuriootpa, Barossa Valley, Lower North South Australia, South Australia, ; Died: Ceased: 9 Jan 1899 Adelaide, South Australia,
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."