Mr Austin Partner

(Courtesy of Tim Everson, UK)

Austin Partner was born in White Roothing, Essex, England on 30 November 1871.

He was the son of the Reverend Richard Partner (1839-1923), a congregational minister, and Charlotte Mary Reynolds (1833-1920) who had married in Sussex in 1867. His father hailed from Finchingfield, Essex whilst his mother was a native of Bosham, Sussex and they would have four children in total. Austin's siblings were his elder sister, Bertha (1868-1957, later Mrs Roland Edward John Wilks), a brother Richard (1869-1869) and another sister, Sarah (1873-1873).

Austin first appears on the 1881 census living at 3 Stopford Road, West Ham, Essex and his father was described as an independent Minister at Balsam Street Chapel. The 1891 census shows Austin and his family at The Manse, 1 Howard's Road and he was, at age 19, described as a banker's clerk.

He was married in Sussex in early 1897 to Nellie Mary Foulkes Smith Hilton (b. 1872 in Southwark, Surrey), the daughter of a draper and they settled in Surbiton, Surrey and had two sons: Arthur Hilton (b. 1899) and Colin Austin (b. 1905). The family appear on the 1901 census living at "The Briars", Ewell Road, Tolworth and at the same address on the 1911 census. Austin is absent from the latter record, perhaps away on business.


Austin and Nellie
(Courtesy of Henry Aldridge & Son)

A stockbroker known on both sides of the Atlantic, ten days before he sailed, Austin had begun a new job with the brokerage firm of Myer and Robertson and was travelling to Canada to familiarise himself with an affiliated firm, Robinson & Black. It would be his seventeenth trip to Canada. He was going to first to Toronto and then to Winnipeg.

Austin Partnet
Austin Partner
(Courtesy of Henry Aldridge & Son)

Austin boarded the Titanic at Southampton (ticket number 113043, £28, 10s) and occupied cabin C-142.

Austin Partner died in the sinking and his body was recovered by the Mackay-Bennett (#166):


CLOTHING - Blue suit.

EFFECTS - Cigar case; silver cigarette case, marked "A. P."; cigar cutter; gold hunter watch; keys; gold links; 3 gold studs; 9s. 3 1/2d; $50.00 in gold; £3 in gold; £5 in note; pocketbook; $71.00.



On 7 May 1912 the body was forwarded to New York for shipment to England aboard the SS Minnehaha which sailed 11 May 1912. He was buried at St. Mary's Churchyard, Long Ditton, Surrey, England. The inscription reads:

Sacred to the memory of
Austin Partner

of Tolworth, Surbiton
who lost his life in the foundering of the steamship "Titanic"
in mid-Atlantic on the 15th day of April, 1912,
whose body was recovered and interred here May 23rd. Aged 40 years.

(Photo courtesy of Mike Findlay)

His estate, worth £3772, 8d was administered to his widow on 12 June 1912.

His widow Nellie never remarried, remaining in Surrey at the Briars on Ewell Road for the rest of her life. She died in hospital on 13 July 1957 and was buried with her husband.

His son Arthur was married in 1928 to a Jane Brennan Reid (1902-1982) and had a son, Arthur, that same year. He later became a hotel manager and moved to Wales. He died in Breconshire on 17 August 1959.

His son Colin later worked as a railway clerk and in 1955 was married to Irene Margaret Wall (1914-2003). He died in London in 1982 and was buried with his parents.



Austin Partner Portrait
Austin and Nellie Partner
Austin Partner Photograph
Austin Partner

Articles and Stories

The Times (1912) 
Borough of West Ham, East Ham, and Stratford Express (1912) 

Comment and discuss

  1. Thomas Partner said:

    Great level of detail. What I would like to find out is about Austin Partner, first class passenger who perished on Titanic. Have checked obits etc cannot find anything can anyone help me out there? Thomas Partner Great Wakering,Essex,England

  2. JohnFry said:

    Re: There's a sepia postcard available of this memorial, publisher not known.

  3. Kelly Marie Partner said:

    Re: My name is Kelly Partner and i was wondering if there ia anyway to find out if my family is related to 'Austin Partner'? My grandad Frederic Partner (born 1927) moved from London in the 1940's to live in the southwest in a town called Trowbridge and he is interesed to find out if he is any relation. We know that 'Partner' is a fairly un-common name and we would appreciate any information that could conclude our family tree. thank-you

  4. norris medina said:

    Re: hi im a 14 year old and me and my mom went to the denver museum and sa the titanic exaebit and they wold had out this fack tickits and i wold love to see a pitcher of his wife and 2 children PLEAS!!!!!!!!

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References and Sources

White Star Line (1912.) Record of Bodies and Effects (Passengers and Crew S.S. "Titanic") Recovered by Cable Steamer "MacKay Bennett" Including Bodies Buried at Sea and Bodies Delivered at Morgue in Halifax, N.S. Public Archives of Nova Scotia, Halifax, N.S., Manuscript Group 100, Vol. 229, No. 3d, Accession 1976-191, 76 pp., unpaged. (#166)
Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
Alan Hustak (1999) Titanic: The Canadian Story. Véhicule Press. ISBN 1 55065 113 7
Brian Ticehurst (1996) Titanic''s Memorials World wide: Where they are Located. ISBN 1 871733 05 7
Search archive British newspapers online

Link and cite this biography

Encyclopedia Titanica (2015) Austin Partner (ref: #227, last updated: 24th April 2015, accessed 10th April 2020 10:38:25 AM)