Madoline's parents, Frank George Evan and Hannah Rhodes married on 12 April 1882 at Bishop's Court, Parnell, Auckland. They were married by the Bishop of Auckland, assisted by Rev. B.Y. Ashwell.
Together, Frank and Hannah had six children:
29 June 1883 Madoline Marie Evans. In 1912, she married Dr Herbert Bertram. Madoline died in 1975.
1885 Hilda Beatrice Evans. Hilda never married and died in 1952 at the age of 67.
1887 Charles George James Granville Evans. Charles never married and died in 1907 at the age of 20.
1888 Florence Edith Redman Evans m 1914 John McGregor Scott (1885 - 1930). Florence died in 1966.
1891 Isabel Mabel Rhoda Evans m 1921 Arthur Alexander McKinnon (1862 - 1950).
1894 Helen Marian Clara Evans died 1895 aged 6 months
Frank was Archdeacon at several churches - at the parish of St George's in Thames from March 1884 to July 1889. Coincidentally, he succeeded Rev William Calder (who had been there from 1881 to 1884) at this parish - William's grandson Matthew was one day to marry Frank's granddaughter Joan and they were to become Alister's grandparents! He then retired from that parish to take on the Te Aroha parish, where he stayed for a further seven years.
Hannah Evans died 1894 aged 37. It seems likely that she died either giving birth to, or soon after the birth of youngest daughter, Helen. The death was reported in the Auckland Star on 30 July 1894.
Baby Helen died early in 1895.
Frank George Evans married Mary Louisa Govett on 1898. Their marriage was noted in the Hawera & Normanby Star on 1 November 1898.
Madoline must have had a good relationship with her stepmother - she is recorded as often returning to New Plymouth to visit her "parents" - not something she would have done had she held any disdain towards her step-mother. For example the Evening Post records on 8 March 1937:
Frank's second wife Mary died in 1943. Frank himself died on 9 November 1947 at the age of 90, and is buried at the Te Henui Cemetery in Taranaki. His last address has been recorded as 23 Rogan Street, New Plymouth - this is where he and Mary had lived together - a beautiful large, imposing home. More about Archdeacon Evans to come.
Frank was born in Cheshire West in the sub district of the Chester Cathedral in 1857. Mary was slightly older, having been born in 1853.