The Newtown, NSW Ansteys

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

Overview of the Newtown Ansteys

The Newtown Ansteys of New South Wales, Australia are a sub-branch of the St Gluvias Ansteys, an ‘Anstey evolved from Anstis‘ sub-branch. Hence they are originally part of the ‘Anstis’ family pedigree, and thus do not connect to the wider Anstey pedigree descendent from Hubert de Anstey. The patriarch of the Newtown Ansteys is John Sutton Anstey (b 1829 St Gluvias), who is the brother of James Anstey (b 1831 St Gluvias, patriarch of the Wollongong, NSW Ansteys).

John Sutton Anstey (b 1829 St Gluvias)

John Sutton Anstey was born in 1829 in St Gluvias, Cornwall to parents John Anstey and Ann Webb (information confirmed in his 1906 ‘Death Index’); his name is sometimes mistranscribed as ‘John Sydney Anstey‘. He emigrated to Australia and married Mary Ann Webb (b 1835, possibly related to his mother, died in 1917 buried at Rookwood Cemetery in the same grave as her husband) in Victoria in 1855.

[Note: John Sutton Anstey did NOT marry Mary Kendall in St Gluvias in 1851 as that ‘John Anstey‘ was aged 45 and a widower].

John Sutton Anstey and Mary Ann Webb travelled extensively in Australia, judging by the birth locations of their children, which were:

  • Richard Henry Anstey (b 1857 Dunnolly, Victoria to parents “John Sydney Anstey and Mary Ann Webb“, married Clara Adria Eliza Mills in 1882 in Sydney. They had daughters Hilda A. Anstey (b 1887 Newtown) and Annie L. Anstey (b 1889 Newtown). Richard died in 1890 in Newtown, buried at Rookwood Cemetery, “Independent Denomination Old Ground & Old Ground Extension ROW 7 Plot number 2929,2931“. There were many funeral notices in the ‘Daily Telegraph Sydney‘ on 8 July 1890 for example “The friends of Mr. JOHN ANSTEY are respectfully invited to attend the Funeral of his late beloved son Richard ; to move from his late residence, Australia St, Newtown, THIS (TUESDAY) AFTERNOON, at 2 o’clock, for the Necropolis, Rookwood” and “The Friends of John and Charles Anstey are respectfully invited to attend the funeral of their late beloved brother Richard” and “The friends of John Woods are respectfully invited to attend the funeral of his late brother in law Richard Anstey“);
  • John James Anstey (b 1859 Amherst, Victoria – see below);
  • Mary Ann Anstey (b 1861 Redbank, Victoria to “John Anstey and Mary Ann Webb“, married John T. Wood in 1889 in Newtown, NSW);
  • Charles George Anstey (b 1867 Mudgee, NSW – see below);
  • Charlotte Jane Anstey (b 1870 Mudgee, NSW to parents “John Anstey and Mary Ann“, married Henry Dunlop in 1908 in St Peters, Newtown, NSW. She died in 1943 in Newtown)

By the 1891 Census John Anstey was living at 21 Australia Street, Newtown, “2 males and four females“. In 1892 “John Anstey of Newtown” sued M. Cropley, undertaker of Ultomo, for slander in a widely reported case. By 1897 John Anstey was living at Bedford Street, Newtown, when he was burgled. John Anstey died in 1906 “aged 77“, he was buried at Rookwood Cemetery “Independent Denomination, Old Ground & Old Ground Extension ROW 7 Plot number 2929,2931“.

The ‘Sydney Morning Herald‘ 12 September 1906 had funeral notices “ANSTEY.—The Friends of the late Mr. JOHN ANSTEY are kindly invited to attend his Funeral; to move from his late residence, Sydenham and Park roads, Marrickville, THIS (Wednesday) AFTERNOON, at 1.45, for Rookwood Cemetery, via Petersham station. F. W. HARTLEY, Undertaker, 208 King-st, Newtown. ANSTEY.—The Friends of Mr. and Mrs. JOHN ANSTEY, Jun., are kindly invited to attend the Funeral of their late beloved FATHER, John; to move from his late residence, Sydenham and Park roads, Marrickville, THIS (Wednesday) AFTERNOON, at 1.45, for Rookwood Cemetery. F. W. HARTLEY. ANSTEY.—The Friends of Mr. and Mrs. C. G. ANSTEY are kindly invited to attend the Funeral of their late beloved FATHER, John Anstey; to move from his late residence, Sydenham and Park roads, Marrickville, THIS (Wednesday) AFTERNOON, at 1.45, for Rookwood Cemetery. F. W. HARTLEY. U’taker.

As well as being very closely connected to the Wollongong, NSW Ansteys, this sub-branch is also connected somehow to the Ballarat, Victoria Anstey sub-branch. We know this because firstly by 1891 Mary Ann (Webb) Anstey (mother) was at Talbot and signed the 1891 Ballarat petition, according to the Ballarat and District Genealogy Society where it states “711/9 ANSTEY, Mrs [Talbot] Mary Ann ANSTEY (WEBB) m John Sydney ANSTEY. Two chn: Richard Henry b 1857 Dunolly, John James b 1859 Amherst“.

Secondly, John James Anstey (b 1859) had a son Eric Valentine Anstey (note the ‘Valentine‘ connection per Ballarat Anstey Further Details #2).

John James Anstey (b 1859 Amherst, Victoria)

John James Anstey (b 1859 Amherst, Victoria to parents “John Sydney Anstey and Mary Ann Webb“, known as ‘Jack‘ and John Anstey (Jun)) married Clara M. Cobb in 1893 in Newtown, NSW, having children:

  • Eric Valentine Anstey (b 1894 Petersham, Newtown an Anstey Hero) ;
  • Vera D. P. Anstey (b 1895 Newtown, NSW, died an infant);
  • Dorothy E. Anstey (b 1897 Newtown, NSW, died before 1930?);
  • Lionel Aubrey Anstey (b 1898 Newtown, NSW, known as Aubrey, married Olive B. J. Fortescue in Newtown in 1922. He was an electric mechanic living in St Clare, Undercliffe Road in 1935. Lionel Aubrey Anstey died in 1957 in Woronora Memorial Park Sutherland, NSW ‘Crematorium Section BB, Granite Garden Niches, #054‘. His gravestone reads “Beloved husband of Olive, devoted father“).

John James Anstey (Jack) was a carpenter in his earlier life. In 1926 in the ‘Blue Mountain Echo‘ newspaper on 2 July 1926 there is an interview with him which starts “FIVE-MINUTE INTERVIEWS Nbr 66 MR, ‘JACK’ ANSTEY It is doubtful that his parents christened him ‘Jack’; but his school mates did, and he has borne the diminutive since. It would be in tho nature of sacrilege to style him ‘John,’ and a blatant insult to go the whole hog of ‘John James‘. Thus it is that ho is plain ‘Jack’ Anstey, and so will be to tho end of the chapter, He is a familiar figure at Katoomba School of Arts…

John James Anstey (Jack) died in Katoomba in 1930. The ‘Sydney Morning Herald‘ on 24 February 1930 reported “DEATHS ANSTEY -February 22, 1930 at his residence, Rawhill, Myra Avenue, Katoomba, John James, beloved husband of Clara Anstey and father of Eric and Aubrey. aged 70 years. At rest.”

[Note there is another ‘John James Anstey‘ alive at the same time in New South Wales, they are first cousins and easy to confuse – see the Wollongong, NSW Ansteys]

Charles George Anstey (b 1867 Mudgee)

Charles George Anstey was born in 1867 in Mudgee, NSW to parents “John Anstey and Mary A“. He married Mary [Marie] Ann Moore in 1893 in Leichhardt, Newtown in a marriage reported in the ‘Daily Telegraph (Sydney)‘ on 12 April 1893 “Marriages. ANSTEY— MOORE.— March 30, 1893, at Congregational Church, Leichhardt, by the Rev. J. M. Bayley, Charles, youngest son of John Anstey, Newtown, to Marie, youngest daughter of the late John Moore, Leichhardt“.

Charles George Anstey and Mary Ann had children:

  • Rex Perce Anstey (b 1894 Leichhardt, an Anstey Hero); and
  • Doreen Anstey (b 1898 Barabba, married Rev. Ralph Ogden in 1928, the ‘Daily Telegraph Sydney‘ on 10 November 1928 reporting “OGDEN — ANSTEY. — At St. Anne’s Church Ryde, on 6th October, by the Rev. C. Stubbin assisted by the Rev. J. Poole, Guildford. Doreen, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. Anstey “Cadamar,” Guildford, to Ralph, elder son of Mr. and Mrs. J . Ogden. Gardyne St.. Bronte.“).

In 1913, the family were living at Mount Keira, Helensburgh, Wollongong – Charles George Anstey was a schoolteacher; they were still there in 1920 where he was a “[teacher] of the Public School Mt Kiera“. By 1928 when their son Rex Perce Anstey married, they were living in Guildford, Granville; Charles was still a teacher in 1935 in Guildford. Charles George Anstey died in 1951 in Kirribilli, NSW, a “retired schoolteacher” – in his will he left everything to his wife Mary Ann Anstey; his daughter Doreen Ogden was executor with instruction to “make such provision for my son Rex Perce Anstey as and when she shall think right to do so

Further Details on the Newtown Ansteys

#1. Both brothers  John Sutton Anstey (b 1829 St Gluvias) and James Anstey (b 1831 St Gluvias) named a son ‘John James Anstey’, a combination of their two names.

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

Anybody who has such expertise and inclination, please contact us at research@theansteystory.com.

We have already uploaded bits of information and documentation about the Newtown, NSW Ansteys, 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 ‘Newtown’ 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 research@theansteystory.com and we will correct it.

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