The Toodyay, Western Australia Ansteys

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

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Overview of the Toodyay Ansteys (Code ‘TD’)

The Toodyay Ansteys of Western Australia are a sub-branch of the Iddesleigh Ansteys, hence they are an ‘Anstey evolved from Anstis‘ sub-branch and do not connect to the wider Anstey pedigree descendent from Hubert de Anesti.

The patriarch is George Anstey (TD 1) who emigrated to Australia together with his brother Thomas Anstey (TD 2) in 1861.

If this sub-branch is not Anstey-extinct today, then it is hanging on by a minuscule thread.

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 are pretty sure that Harry Francis Anstey is not a Toodyay Anstey, but we cannot currently connect him to any Australian sub-branch as we cannot find his birth. The ‘Leader‘ on 27 June 1908 reported “BURNT TO. DEATH. PERTH, Tuesday. At the inquest on the body of Henry Anstey, railway ganger, who was burnt to death near Northam, it was stated that deceased left a wife and family in Victoria.” 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 (TD 1) and Thomas (TD 2)’s sister Elizabeth Nenow May (ID 14) also emigrated to Toodyay, and died there on 27 August 1873.

Also see ‘Anstey: A Complete History From the Norman Invasion to World War One‘.

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