George W. Anstee (MH 10)

See ‘Anstey: A Complete History From the Norman Invasion to World War One‘ for much more on the Market Harborough Anstees. In addition to biographies of various Anstey individuals who make up this sub-branch, the book contains a plethora of Anstey research and statistics, including an analysis of how the Market Harborough Anstees fit into the pedigree descendent from Hubert de Anesti, the 12th century originator of the ‘Anstey’ surname.

MH 10. George W. Anstee: He was born in 1873 in Arthingworth to father Alfred Anstee (MH 3). In the 1891 Census he was an unmarried farmer lodging at Amberley Mews, Paddington and he was a farrier in 1899 when dealing with his father’s will (he was the seventh generation of his Anstey ancestors to be in the ‘blacksmith’ trade.) He married Amelia Jane Hambleton (b 1877 Bermondsey) in 1911 in Southwark (though the 1911 Census says they married in 1905), having children: 

  • Ivy Ada Hambleton Anstee (b 1906 Peckham, in 1935 “The following nurses from the St. George District Hospital, Kogarah, were successful in passing. the examination recently conducted by the Nurses’ Registration Board:— Ivy Ada Hambleton Anstee” She married Sydney Roy Keep in 1936 in St Peters NSW and was alive in 1956); 
  • Edith May Hambleton Anstee (b 1907 Southwark, known as Edie, married John F. Byrnes in 1928 in St Peters NSW, alive in 1956);  
  • Amelia Elsie Anstee (b 1909 Southwark, known as Millie, a machinist living with parents in 1935. She married Griffin Curtis Galt in 1938 in St Peters NSW, alive in 1956);
  • Marjorie Helen Anstee (b 1911 Southwark, married Gordon C. Bleeck in 1933 in St Peters, NSW, alive in 1956);
  • Arthur Francis Anstee (b 1913 Lewisham, living in Tempe in 1935 at Attunga, Hillcrest Street, working as an electrical mechanic. He married Thelma Mildred May Stuckey in 1937 in Kogarah. He was best man to his brother Sydney in 1943 and still alive in 1956);
  • Sydney Alfred Anstee (b 1916 Sydney, Australia. In the ‘Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate‘ on 7 June 1934 appeared “BULLET IN FOOT: Retuning from a shooting excursion Sydney Anstee of Hillcrest Street, Tempe, shot himself in the foot at Dural Monday afternoon. He was seated in a box attached to a motor cycle and was holding his rifle. Thinking the safety catch was on he caught hold of the trigger. The rifle went off and a bullet went through his left foot near the left toe. Anstee was treated at the Paramatta District Hospital“. In the ‘Mudgee Guardian‘ on 28 January 1943 appears “WEDDING Anstee — Sneddon A pretty wedding took place at the Kandos Presbyterian Church on Saturday afternoon last, when the Rev. Dudley Hyde joined in holy matrimony Margaret Annie, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Sneddon, of Angus Avenue, Kandos, and Sydney, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. George Anstee, of Tempe (Sydney). The bridesmaid was Miss Ruby Williams (Bathurst) and the train-bearer, Miss Peg Williams (Bathurst). Mr. Arthur Anstee, brother of the bridegroom, was best man… After the ceremony, the guests adjourned to the Crystal Palais, where they were received by Mrs. J. Sneddon and Mrs. G. Anstee, mothers of the bride and bridegroom… Mr. and Mrs. Anstee left by train to spend their honeymoon at Jervis Bay. Their home will be made at Broken Hill, where Mr. Anstee is a teacher in the High School..“. He was still living in Broken Hill in 1956);
  • Jean Anstee (b 1918, married Thomas Rae on 21 March 1941 in St Peter, NSW, alive in 1956); and
  • Florence Anstee? (deceased by 1956)

In the 1911 Census the family were living at 69 Villa Street Walworth S E, St Mary Newington where he was still a farrier (also with them was his sister Ada – see MH 3). In fact he ran his own farrier business “G. Anstee – Practical Farrier – Shoeing Forge – 15 Kingston Street, Walworth“, employing for six years (1909-1915) his younger brother Alfred John Anstee (MH 15). 

The family emigrated to Australia in 1913, departing London on 4 July 1913 aboard the ship ‘Orsova’ and travelling 3rd Class to Sydney – he described himself as a labourer.

They settled at Tempe, New South Wales (certainly by 1928), where in 1935 they were living at Attunga, Hillcrest Street – he was still working as a ‘horse shoer’

He died on 18 July 1956 “aged 83”, buried at Woronora Memorial Park Sutherland, Sutherland Shire Anglican Monumental Section AK, Grave 625 (his wife Amelia Jane Anstee had been buried there a couple of months previously “aged 79“)

The ‘Sydney Morning Herald‘ 20 July 1956 reported “ANSTEE, George,— July 18,1956, at his residence, 19 Hillcrest Street, Tempe, relict of the late Amelia Jane and loved father of Ivy (Mrs.Keep), Edie (Mrs.Byrnes) Millie (Mrs.Galt), Marjorie (Mrs.Bleeck), Arthur, Sydney (Broken Hill), and Jean (Mrs.Rae) Florence (deceased), and fond father in law of Roy, Jack, Griff, Olive Thelma, Margaret, and Tom, and loved grandfather of Elaine, Barbara, Helen, Brian, Peter, Glenda, Ian, Barry and Tom Cuthbert, and great-grandfather of Glen and Mark, aged 83 years, at rest.“.

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