The Toodyay, Western Australia Ansteys

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

Overview of the Toodyay Ansteys

The Toodyay Ansteys of Western Australia are a sub-branch of the Monkokehampton Ansteys, themselves a sub-branch of the Iddesleigh Ansteys of Devon and thus connect to the South West Peninsula Anstey pedigree. The patriarch of the Toodyay, Western Australia Ansteys is George Anstey (b 1836 Monkokehampton) who emigrated to Australia with his brother Thomas Anstey (b 1831 Monkokehampton).

George Anstey (b 1836 Monkokehampton)

George Anstey married Emily Ann Gee (b 1851 Toodyay, buried in Toodyay in 1912) in 1870 in Perth, Western Australia and they had the following children in Toodyay (note: we have unsourced information there may have been a lot more children, but we cannot currently find them):

  • Emily Elizabeth Anstey (b 1872, married Thomas Williams in 1891);
  • Thomas Anstey (b 1872, married Mary Isabella Walker in 1906 in Toodyay – he was executor to his uncle Thomas Anstey‘s will, see below. Mary Isabella Anstey died in 1946 “aged 71, of Toodyay“, she is buried in Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth – just before she died the ‘Toodyay Herald’ 7 June 1946 reported “Mr. Rodney Walker, of Millar’s Timber and Trading Co., paid a visit to Toodyay last week to see his sister, Mrs. Anstey, of “Roesland,” who has been in indifferent health for some time.“. Thomas Anstey died in 1957 “aged 84“, buried at Northam Cemetery);
  • George Anstey Junior (b 1879, married Sarah Jane Haywood on 27 March 1900 in Toodyay, they had children Ivy Emily Anstey (b 1901 in Newcastle, married Charles Johnston in 1923, the newspapers reporting that Ivy was “the only daughter” of George Anstey) and Winifred May Anstey (b 1902 Silver Hill, died in 1911 buried at Northam Cemetery). George Anstey died in 1975 buried in Goomalling Cemetery, Western Australia – he was executor to his uncle Thomas Anstey‘s will, see below);

There is also a “Thomas Anstey born 1881 Toodyay illeg” but we are not sure if “illeg” means ‘illegible’ or ‘illegitimate’. One of the two above sons (we are not sure which) had a son Gerard Thomas Anstey (b 1910, died on 19 May 1984, buried at Karrakatta Cemetery and Crematorium Karrakatta).

In c1911 the entire family were living in Roesland in Toodyay.

George Anstey (b 1836) and his brother Thomas Anstey (b 1831) were often referred to as ‘the Anstey brothers‘ in local newspapers. For example in 1880 there were many adverts along the lines of “That well known cart entire NOBBY, lately owned by Anstey brothers will stand at Dumbarton, Toodyay for the season” [note: we suppose that NOBBY was a stallion horse owned by the Anstey brothers offered out for stud, as there were lists of prices for mares.]

George Anstey (b 1836) “died Roesland on 9 April 1912, aged 76 years“; he is buried in Toodyay Cemetery; his brother Thomas Anstey (b 1831) “died Roesland, on 15 July 1911, aged 80 years” is also buried in Toodyay Cemetery.

As far as we can gather, Thomas Anstey (b 1831) never married. In the Government Gazette of Western Australia in December 1911 appeared the following notice: “Take notice that Thomas Anstey of Roesland Toodyay in the state of Western Australia farmer and George Anstey Junior of Goomalling in the said State farmer, executors of the will of Thomas Anstey late of Roesland, Toodyay aforesaid retired farmer deceased and George Anstey of Roesland, Toodyay aforesaid farmer have made applications to be registered as the proprietors of an estate in fee simple in in possession of the following parcels of land situated in the Avon DistrIct and being:- Avon Locations 338 and 339 containing together 80 acres.

In the 1939 Electoral Rolls in Toodyay, we find only George Anstey Junior and his wife Sarah Jane Anstey at Goomalling, as well as George Anstey Junior‘s brother Thomas Anstey and his wife Mary Isabella Anstey.

George Anstey Junior was a Councillor of Goomalling from 1932 to 1946, as well as Chairman of the Goomalling Road Board. For his services, Anstey Park in Goomalling was in 1946 named in his honour.

Further Details on the Toodyay Ansteys

#1. On 21 June 1908 “Harry Francis Anstey” aka “Henry Francis Anstey” was burnt to death in Karrajine Western Australia in an incident widely reported in newspapers. He was born in 1865 and buried in Northam Cemetery – the only other Ansteys buried in that cemetery were Toodyay Ansteys. We do not think Harry Francis Anstey is a Toodyay Anstey, but we cannot currently connect him to any Australian sub-branch as we cannot find his birth. Judging by the pall bearers at his funeral (all work colleagues) we do not think he married or had children. Note: this gentleman is NOT the more famous ‘Henry Francis Anstey‘ who was also in Western Australia for a time. Anybody who can help us connect this gentleman please contact us at

#2. George Anstey and Thomas‘ sister Elizabeth Nenow May also emigrated to Toodyay, and died there on 27 August 1873.

We are actively on the lookout for Toodyay, Western Australia Anstey experts alive today who are willing to add their findings and knowledge to this project. We are particularly interested in research regarding Toodyay, Western Australia 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

We have already uploaded bits of information and documentation about the Toodyay, Western Australia 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 ‘Toodyay’ 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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