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. Also thanks to David Sprigg for his contributions.

Overview of the St Kilda Ansteys

The St Kilda, Victoria Ansteys of Australia are a sub-branch of the Chulmleigh Ansteys of Devon, 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.

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); Terence Edwin Anstey (b 1887 Cheltenham, Victoria, 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, as well as a son John Anstey. Terence Edwin Anstey and his wife Eva were granted a divorce in 1929, the ‘Sydney Morning Herald‘ reporting on 18 June 1929 “ANSTEY v ANSTEY. A decree nisi, returnable in six months, was granted Terence Edwin Anstey on his petition for the dissolution of his marriage with Eva Anstey (formerly Donovan), on the ground of desertion by reason of her non compliance with a decree for restitution of conjugal rights. The parties were married on September 30, 1914, at Bunbury (W.A.), according to the rites of the Roman Catholic Church“. In the 1943 Electoral Roll, Terence Edwin Anstey (a clerk) was living at 382 William Street, Perth, together with his brother John Robert Anstey. Terence Edwin Anstey died later in 1943 while living at North Dandalup, he was buried in Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth. His death was reported in the ‘West Australian‘ on 14 October 1943 “ANSTEY.-On October 13. 1943. suddenly at North Dandalup, Terence Edwin Anstey loving father of John and Olive; aged 55 years. To be privately interred in the Roman Catholic portion of the Karrakatta Cemetery this Thursday morning by Arthur J. Purslowe and Co. R.I.P. ANSTEY. Terence Edwin. died suddenly. October 13. loving brother of Jack brother-in-law of Alice loving uncle of Bert, Cath, Jacqueline and Terry. Happy memories.“); John Robert Anstey (b 1888 Cheltenham, Victoria – an Anstey Hero); and Queenie May Anstey (b 1890 Cheltenham, died in 1891). Robert Edwin Anstey died in 1906 in Pilbarra, Western Australia – he must have previously divorced his wife because Catherine Anstey (nee Cronin) remarried Edward Middleton in Western Australia in 1898 – this is confirmed by the ‘Southern Times‘ newspaper 20 June 1914 where it stated “We have much pleasure in announcing the engagement of T. E. Anstey, eldest son of Mrs E. Middleton, of Argyle, to Miss Eva Donovan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jas F. Donovan, of Barrabupp. The groom is the enterprising lessee of the Jarrahwood Hall, and billiard saloon, and is well known throughout the south-west, having been resident at different centres.“);
  • 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, a carpenter by trade. William Anstey married Eliza Mary Richards in 1878 in Mansfield and had children ‘Harry’ Henry Thomas Anstey (b c1878 married Janet Roger Jensen in c1908); William Richards Anstey (b 1880 Jamieson – see Further Details #2 for more); and Frederick Howard Anstey (b 1885, married Ada Emmaline Holt in 1912). According to ‘The Argus‘ newspaper of 25 February 1898, Eliza successfully petitioned for a divorce from William Anstey on the grounds of desertion (she remarried William George Holmes in 1906). William died in Alexandra, Victoria in 1920);
  • Jane Anstey (b 1850 Chelsea, married William Edward Richard Hoskin in Jamieson, Victoria in 1869. She died in Traralgon, Victoria in 1909, buried in Walhalla);
  • John Anstey (b 1852 Chelsea, a carpenter by trade, he did not marry and died in 1902 at Austin Hospital, Heidelburg, buried in Heidelburg Cemetery)

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, a carpenter by trader, he did not marry and died in July 1881, buried at Mansfield Cemetery);
  • Frederick Anstey (b 1857, a carpenter by trade, married Mary Elizabeth Dellar in 1894 in Victoria and had sons George Thomas Anstey (b 1896 Jamieson married Mavis Irene Potter in 1939); Frederick John Anstey (b 1897 in Jamieson, married Annie Elizabeth Smith in 1920); Arthur William Anstey (b 1899 Jamieson, married Vera Edna Longton in 1922); ‘Jack’ John Herbert Anstey (b 1905 Jamieson, married Irene Gladys Clark in 1939) and Eric Mansfield Anstey (b 1908 married Helen Maud Brotchie in 1950). Frederick died in 1938 in Alexandra, Victoria and is buried at Eildon; his widow Mary died in 1957 in Geelong and is also buried at Eildon – Anstey descendants of this line still live in Australia today);
  • Annie Anstey (b 1859, married John Goyen in 1884, died in St Kilda in 1935);
  • Arthur Thomas Anstey (b 1861, a carpenter by trade (also worked at the Long Tunnel Mine at Walhalla in June 1883 before returning to Mansfield), married Laura Dunn in 1884, having a single child Alice May Anstey (b 1885 died an infant). Arthur died in 1937 at Alexandra);
  • Alice Mary Anstey (b 1866 in Jamieson, Victoria, married David Willard Weir in 1897, died in 1903 at Clementson, buried at Creswick);

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 in 1888 in Mansfield, 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.

#2. William Richards Anstey (son of William Anstey born 1848 Chelsea above) married Jessie Maud Lee in Kilmore in 1906 and settled there. He died in 1942, the ‘Kilmore Free Press‘ giving the following obituary in their 15 October 1942 edition: “OBITUARY : WILLIAM RICHARDS ANSTEY,. The people of Kilmore and district were shocked when it became known that Mr. William Richards Anstey, of Sydney St., Kilmore, had collapsed and died early on Sunday evening last, at the age of 62 years. The deceased had been in ill health for some considerable time, but for a few days prior to his sudden collapse seemed to be well on the way to recovery. His sudden passing came as a terrible shock to his bereaved family and many friends. The late Mr. Anstey was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. W. Anstey, of Jamieson, where the deceased was born. He came to Kilmore in 1906 and married Miss Jessie Lee, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Lee, of Kilmore, the marriage, taking place at Lancefield. For eighteen years he was employed as butter maker at the Kilmore Butter Factory. He then went into the confectionery and greengrocery business, with which he was actively associated until his recent illness. The deceased was an active member of the Kilmore Turf Club for very many years, and was treasurer of the A.N.A. for a lengthy period. He was popular with everyone and was al ways jovial and pleasant to all with whom he came in contact. He was in every sense of the word, one of nature’s gentle men. . . Besides his sorrowing widow, he leaves a family of five daughters and three sons – Dorothy, Ruby (Mrs. O. King), Edna (Mrs. K. Moore), Fred, Eileen, Hilda, Jack and Roy – to mourn their great Ioss, and we extend to them our deepest sympathy. The funeral took place to the Kilmore General Cemetery on Tuesday afternoon last, and was attended by a large and representative gathering which bore ample testimony to the popularity of the deceased. Rev. W. G. Wiedemann conducted the service at the graveside and Mr. B. A. Skehan carried out the funeral arrangements. Coffin-bearers were Messrs F. Anstey, J. Anstey, R. Anstey, K. Moore, E. Lynden and H. Anstey. Pall-bearers were Messrs C. Dillon, A. Figgins, F. Wallder, R. Glanville snr., R. Glanville jnr., L. Daldy and P. Cooke.

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. 

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 St Kilda 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 ‘St Kilda’ 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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