The St Kilda, Victoria Ansteys

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

Many thanks to Julia for her help in constructing this pedigree.

The St Kilda, Victoria Ansteys of Australia are a sub-branch of the Chulmleigh Ansteys of Devon. We need to be very careful not to mix up the two “John Anstey carpenters” living in St Kilda at the same time in the 1850s and 1860s (John Anstey b 1816 and John Anstey b 1821), who were first cousins to each other, both part of the Chulmleigh Ansteys.

John Anstey (b 1816 Chulmleigh)

John Anstey was born in January 1816 as ‘John Anstice‘ in Chulmleigh, Devon to parents George Anstice and Elizabeth, making him first cousin to John Anstey (b 1821 below). John Anstey (b 1816) moved to Chelsea and married Ann Born (also of Chulmleigh, b 1822) in 1848. They were living in Marylebone, London in the 1851 Census, seemingly not yet with children, John Anstey was described as a “carpenter“. John Anstey and Ann Born emigrated to St Kilda, Victoria, Australia between 1851 and 1856, and had children:

  • Alfred John Anstey (b 1856 Collingwood, Yarra City, Victoria, died an infant and buried in St Kilda cemetery in 1857);
  • Mary Jane Anstey (b 1859 St Kilda, married Thomas Prendergast in Victoria in 1894. She died in 1937, buried at St Kilda cemetery Grave 902A);
  • Robert Edwin Anstey (b 1861 St Kilda, married Catherine Cronin in 1885 in Hay District, New South Wales and had children Mary Ellen Anstey (b 1886 St Kilda, died an infant) and Terence Edwin Anstey (b 1887 Cheltenham, Victoria, died 1943 while living at North Dandalup, buried in Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth). Terence Edwin Anstey married Eva Donovan in 1914 in Wellington, Western Australia and they had a daughter Olive Eva Anstey, after whom ‘Anstey House’ in Perth is named);
  • Louisa Ann Anstey (b 1864 St Kilda, married Mr Mcrae and died in 1894 in Prahran, Stonnington City, Victoria. She is buried in St Kilda cemetery grave 902A);
  • George Born Anstey (b 1866 St Kilda, died an infant buried at St Kilda cemetery)

John Anstey (b 1816) died in 1882 in St Kilda; he is buried in St Kilda cemetery, grave 902A. Probate was in June 1882 where his address was Blenheim Street, East St Kilda and his occupation was given as “carpenter“. Probate was “committed to Alfred Born and Jon Eason“. Reports of his death in ‘The Age‘ newspaper 3 June 1882 edition stated “Death: Anstey – on the 2nd June at Blenheim Street St Kilda after a long and painful illness borne with patience, John Anstey aged 67 years“.

John Anstey (b 1821 East Worlington, Devon)

John Anstey was born in East Worlington near Witheridge in Devon in 1821 to parents John Anstey and Mary, and moved to Witheridge as a child with his family, thus he is part of the Chulmleigh Anstey sub-branch – he was first cousin to John Anstey (b 1816 above). John Anstey married Jane Thomas (b c1821 Glastonbury, Somerset) in q4 1847 in Kensington, London [Note: it would be helpful to find the parish register entry or marriage certificate of this marriage to confirm that John Anstey‘s father was indeed named ‘John‘]. John Anstey and Jane Thomas moved to Chelsea and had children:

  • William Anstey (b 1848 Chelsea, died in Adra, Victoria in 1920);
  • Jane Anstey (b 1850 Chelsea, married William Hoskin in Jamieson, Victoria in 1869. She died in Traralgon, Victoria in 1909);
  • John Anstey (b 1852 Chelsea)

In the 1851 Census the family were living in Brewery Street in Chelsea, where John Anstey was described as a “carpenter” born in “Witheridge, Devon” and “aged 29“. In 1853 the family emigrated to Australia, arriving in Sydney Harbour on 19 March 1853 aboard the ‘Bussorah Merchant‘ ship (where John Anstey gave his age as still being 29).

The family then moved to St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria in Australia and had further children:

  • Elizabeth Anstey (b 1854, died an infant);
  • Henry Anstey (b 1855, died in July 1881, buried at Mansfield Cemetery);
  • Frederick Anstey (b 1857, married Mary Elizabeth Dellar in 1894 in Victoria and had a son Frederick John Anstey (b 1897 in Jamieson). Frederick died in 1938 in Alexandra, Victoria);
  • Annie Anstey (b 1859, married John Goyen in 1884);
  • Arthur Thomas Anstey (b 1861);
  • Alice Mary Anstey (b 1866 in Jamieson, Victoria, unmarried in 1893);

By 1866 the family had moved away from St Kilda, settling in Jamieson, Victoria. In 1869 when John Anstey‘s daughter Jane Anstey married William Hoskin at their home in Jamieson, John was still a carpenter. The family then moved to Mansfield, Victoria by 1875. John Anstey died before 1893, and his widow Jane Anstey died in 1893 where according to ‘The Age’ newspaper “Death, Anstey, On 9 August 1893, at her residence, Walhalla, Jane Anstey, widow of the late John Anstey, beloved mother of William, John, Frederick, Arthur Thomas and Alice Mary Anstey and Mrs Hoskin, Walhalla, and Mrs Goyen, Clarendon street, South Melbourne, aged 71. Late of Mansfield“.

Further Details on the St Kilda Ansteys

#1. George Basil Anstey, who was born in St Kilda in 1893, is NOT a member of the St Kilda Ansteys, he is a member of the Filleigh Ansteys.

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

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