The Kilmore, Victoria Anstees

by Gary. M. Ansteychief researcher of the Anstey story project.

The Kilmore, Victoria Anstees of Australia are a sub-branch of the Thornborough Anstees of Buckinghamshire. The sub-branch began when George Anstee (b 1828 in Thornborough to parents William Anstee and Maria Googer), an Australian Anstey pioneer, migrated to Australia in c1850 and then married Ann Judge (b 1835 in Londonderry, Ireland) in Melbourne, Victoria in 1855. The newlyweds moved to Kilmore in Victoria, about 50 kilometres north of Melbourne, and had children:

  • Ellen Anstee (b 1856, married Mr Evans, died in 1944);
  • George Anstee (b 1857-1939 buried at Geelong Eastern Cemetery), he married Louisa Bertha Parsons (1860-1942) in 1886 in Victoria and became a butcher. The family moved to Geelong in Victoria, by 1914 they were living at 454 Latrobe Terrace, Chilwell, Geelong – most of the family are buried in Geelong). In 1922 according to the ‘Geelong Advertiser‘, “George Anstee, butcher of Latrobe Terrace…was treated for a cut on the left arm received while dressing a sheep“. Also in 1922/23 George wrote a series of letters [‘Discovering Anzacs‘ website Record ID 30150] regarding obtaining World War One medals for his deceased son William. George and Louisa had children:
    • William Parsons Anstee (1887 – 1915, an Anstey Hero);
    • Francis George Anstee (b 1888, known as Frank, was living at 454 Latrobe Terrace, Geelong in August 1914);
    • Charles Henry Gordon Anstee (b 1890); and
    • Gladys Anstee (b 1901).
  • William John Anstee (b 1860, married Maria Gooding, had a child George who died in 1902. William died in 1906 in Kilmore, a ‘labourer’ according to his probate);
  • Rebecca Anstee (b 1863, married John Joseph Cushen in 1889 in Kilmore and had a family in Kilmore – was executor to her brother William Anstee‘s 1906 will);
  • James Anstee (b 1866, married Mary Burrowes in 1888 in Kilmore and had a family in Kilmore. The marriage was reported in the 12 January 1888 edition of the ‘Kilmore Free Press‘, where it stated “ANSTEE – BURROWS – on the 11th instant at Christ Church Kilmore by the Rev. A Toomath, James Anstee youngest son of Mr George Anstee, Goldie, to Mary Patten Burrows, eldest daughter of Mr George Burrows, Goldie“);
  • Maria Anstee (b 1869);
  • Jane Anstee (b 1872);

Further Details on the Kilmore Anstees

#1. The family of William Richards Anstey who lived in Kilmore in the early 1900s is NOT part of the Kilmore Anstee sub-branch. They are part of the St Kilda, Victoria Anstey sub-branch.

We are actively on the lookout for Kilmore Anstee experts alive today who are willing to add their findings and knowledge to this project. We are particularly interested in research regarding Kilmore Anstees who fought in World War One, preferably with personal souvenirs such as letters sent by the soldiers or military photos etc. 

We are also interested in hearing more about how, when and why George Anstee (b 1828) first migrated to Australia from Thornborough. Anybody who has such expertise and inclination, please contact us at

We have already uploaded bits of information and documentation about the Kilmore Anstees, and continue to upload more all the time (see Project Updates), however it is spread over various segments of the website.

The best way to find said information is to enter ‘Kilmore’ in the search box at the bottom of this page and a list of relevant pages will appear.

Anybody who finds any mistakes on this page, please contact us at and we will correct it.

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