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Johan Henrik Johannesson Kvillner

Johan Kvillner

Mr Johan Henrik Johannesson Kvillner, 31, was born on 11 April 1881, in Kville parish (Svenneby), Göteborgs and Bohus County, Sweden, the son of Johannes, a shoemaker and grocer b. 20 January 1835 in Bottna, Göteborgs and Bohus County, Sweden) and Elisabeth (nee Eliasdotter; born 20 May 1845 in Bottna) Olausson, who had married 27 June 1865 in Högslätt.   The surname Kvillner was derived from his home parish.

His known brothers and sisters were Olivia, b. 27 November 1865, Oscar, 21 March 1867 – 21 November 1883, and Hilma, 6 July 1873 – 30 August 1960 as a Mrs. Kristiansson. All of the children in the family were born in Svenneby, Göteborgs and Bohus County, Sweden.

He received his engineer's degree at Chalmers Technological High School (University) in 1907. He had worked as a waiter and had also held other odd jobs while studying.

In 1912 he was an engineer at the Trollhättan Canal Works, Sweden (a hydro-electric powerstation). He was going to the USA to study iron construction and had received a grant from the state to go there.

He was engaged to be married to Signe Kjellberg of Gothenburg when he left Sweden for his journey to the USA, and they were supposed to marry when he returned from the USA.

There is a possibility he was going to a Miss Charlotte Larsson, 393, Forest Street, Alington, New Jersey.

Kvillner, who was engaged to Signe Kjellberg, Föreningsgatan (29) of Gothenburg.  He lived in Trollhättan, Västergötland, Sweden and worked as an engineer on the Trollhätte kanalverk (a hydro-electric powerstation).

He boarded the Titanic at Southampton.

He wrote the following postcard

Southampton 9/4 12

Dear Mother, Sister and Brother-in-law. 

Am here now, left Gothenburg on Good Friday and arrived Hull Sunday after a very heavy storm on the North Sea. The boat that was supposed to have left the 6th from here was cancelled and I have to travel on another boat, which leaves the 10th and this is a completely new boat. It is its first trip so it will be interesting to cross the Atlantic in 5 days. 

Yesterday I travelled through all of England by train saw London and stayed there for a little while -  what a big city! Here in England the food is very bad and the coffee is virtually undrinkable. Their tea, on the other hand, is very nice. You must have thought I would be in America soon, but will probably arrive there Monday. 

I will write more when I get there. Love to all, 

On the night of the sinking Kvillner was seen standing on deck with Ingvar Enander and Kurt Bryhl. They had been refused entry to a lifeboat and were watching Kurt's sister Dagmar escape the sinking Titanic in lifeboat 12.

The grave of Johan Henrik Johannesson Kvillner in Fairview Cemetery, Halifax, N.S.
Photo: © Bob Knuckle, Dundas, Canada.

Kvillner died in the sinking, his body was found (#165) and buried in Fairview in Halifax on 10 May, 1912. His belongings were sent back to Sweden.


CLOTHING - Blue suit; waterproof.

EFFECTS - Knife; comb; gold watch and chain; cigarette case (gun metal); silver name plate; gold ring engraved "Sigme" 19 11-04-09; letters; passport; number coins in purse; 10 kronor; $89.00 in notes.


After hs death the Mansion House Fund paid 1420:38 Kr (£78) on 23 January, 1913 to Kvillner's fiancé and 874:08 Kr (£48) to his mother, Elizabeth Olsson. 2918:40 Kr was paid to the mother in damages.

References and Sources

Record of Bodies and Effects: Passengers and Crew, S.S. Titanic (Public Archives of Nova Scotia) (#165)
Claes-Göran Wetterholm (1988, 1996, 1999) Titanic. Prisma, Stockholm. ISBN 91 518 3644 0
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Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mr Johan Henrik Johannesson Kvillner
Age: 31 years and 4 days (Male)
Nationality: Swedish
Marital Status: Engaged to Signe Kjellberg
Last Residence: in Trollhättan, Sweden
Occupation: Mechanical Engineer
Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 18723, £10 10s
Destination: 393 Forest Street Arlington (NJ), New Jersey, United States
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body recovered by: Mackay-Bennett (No. 165)
Buried: Fairview Lawn Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on Friday 10th May 1912

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