Eliza Gladys Millvina Dean

Miss Eliza Gladys Millvina Dean, was born on 2 February 1912. She was the daughter of Bertram Frank Dean and Georgette Eva Light Dean. In April, 1912 she was only nine-weeks-old and was, with her parents and elder-brother Bertram, about to emigrate to Wichita, Kansas where her father hoped to open a tobacconist shop.

Millvina boarded the Titanic at Southampton with her parents and brother.

Millvina, her mother and brother were all rescued. They returned to England aboard the Adriatic. It was on the Adriatic that Millvina became quite a spectacle: that such a tiny baby could have came through the ordeal alive. First and Second Class passengers on the Adriatic queued to hold her, and many took photographs of her, her mother and brother, several of which were published in contemporary newspapers.

"[She] was the pet of the liner during the voyage, and so keen was the rivalry between women to nurse this lovable mite of humanity that one of the officers decreed that first and second class passengers might hold her in turn for no more than ten minutes"

(Daily Mirror, 12 May 1912)

Millvina and her brother were raised and educated on various pension funds. Millvina attended Greggs School, Southampton. In her younger years Millvina did not know that she was on the Titanic, and only found out when she was eight and her mother was planning to remarry.

Millvina never married, working for the government during World War II by drawing maps, and later serving in the purchasing department of a Southampton engineering firm. It wasn't until Millvina was in her seventies that she became a Titanic celebrity: she has since been in great demand to appear at conventions, exhibitions, in documentaries, radio and TV programs, etc. In 1997 she was invited to travel aboard the QE2 to America to complete her family's voyage to Wichita, Kansas.

In April, 1996 she visited Belfast for the first time, as guest of honour for a Titanic Historical Society convention. Millvina was the last living-survivor. She lived in retirement in Southampton, England and was kept very busy attending conventions; appearing in documentaries, TV series and radio shows; signing huge amounts of autographs; and relating her tales to school groups.

The last survivor of the Titanic disaster died on 31 May 2009 after a short illness.

References and Sources

Daily Mirror, 12 May 1912 Donald Hyslop, Alastair Forsyth and Sheila Jemima (1997) Titanic Voices: Memories from the Fateful Voyage, Sutton Publishing, Southampton City Council. ISBN 0 7509 1436

Research Articles

Brian J. Ticehurst Titanica! (2007) True Survivors : Millvina Dean and Barbara West

Newspaper Articles

Western Daily Mercury (23 April 1912) A Sidmouth Family. Father Drowned: Wife & Children Saved

Images

Millvina at Home
Millvina Dean photographed at her Southampton home.
Millvina Dean
Millvina Dean Grave
Oldest and youngest survivors

Movies

A beautiful tribute to Millvina Dean
THE LAST TITANIC SURVIVOR ( R.I.P.) MILLVINA WILL BE IN OUR HEARTS FOREVER
Meeting Millvina Dean - Last Titanic Survivor
A short video clip showing Millvina Dean, the last remaining survivor of the Titanic disaster, signing a photograph for me when I visited her on Friday 30th May 2008.
The Baby of the Titanic
Don Mullan Talks to Millvina Dean "I first met Millvina Dean at a HMS Titanic Convention in Southampton in 1997 with my children. It was my eldest daughter Therese's fascination with the James Cameron's movie 'Titanic' that brought us there. From the moment we met Millvina, there was an instant friendship.
Titanic sale for survivor Millvina Dean
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Credits

Gavin Bell, UK
Peter Engberg-Klarström, Sweden
Phillip Gowan, USA
Brian J. Ticehurst, UK

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Encyclopedia Titanica (2019) Eliza Gladys Millvina Dean (ref: #772, last updated: 23rd February 2019, accessed 23rd June 2021 22:23:29 PM)
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