James Anstee (KL 4)

See ‘Anstey: A Complete History From the Norman Invasion to World War One‘ for much more on the Kilmore Anstees of Victoria, Australia. In addition to biographies of various Anstey individuals who make up this sub-branch, the book contains a plethora of Anstey research and statistics, including an analysis of how the Kilmore Anstees of Victoria, Australia fit into the pedigree descendent from Hubert de Anesti, the 12th century originator of the ‘Anstey’ surname.

KL 4. James Anstee: He was born in 1866 in Kilmore to father George Anstee (KL 1). He married Mary Burrowes in 1888 in Kilmore – the marriage was reported in the 12 January 1888 edition of the ‘Kilmore Free Press‘, where it stated “ANSTEE – BURROWS – on the 11th instant at Christ Church Kilmore by the Rev. A Toomath, James Anstee youngest son of Mr George Anstee, Goldie, to Mary Patten Burrows, eldest daughter of Mr George Burrows, Goldie“. They had children in Kilmore:

  • Rebecca Rose Anstee (b 1889, married J. Donald, alive in 1942); 
  • James Anstee (b 1891, married Miriam Catherine Teresa O’Brien in c1914 having a family in Mansfield. He lived at Piries near Mansfield in 1942. He died on 11 August 1956 buried at Mansfield Public Cemetery); 
  • Mary Emily Anstee (b 1894, known as Emily, married Mr Purcell, alive in 1942); 
  • Donald Anstee (b ?, died by 1942); and
  • one other (died by 1942).

They were probably living in Mansfield by c1911. In 1927 “EIDON WEIR. Mr. James Anstee, an Electricity employee, fell from the staging around the switch house a distance of twenty feet, but somehow his arm caught in a ladder, to which lie clung until released by fellow workmen.”. Also in 1927 he was a wheelwright at Eildon Weir.

The Age‘ on 30 December 1935 reported “PETROL EXPLOSION. House Set on Fire and Destroyed MANSFIELD, Sunday. — When Mr. James Anstee who lives about ten miles from Mansfield, was drawing off some Petrol from a drum by the light of a hurricane lamp, an explosion occurred, and his house and contents were destroyed by fire. The house was not insured.” 

He died in 1942 – the ‘Alexandra and Yea Standard and Yarck, Gobur, Thornton and Acheron Express‘ reporting on 17 April 1942 “Two old residents of Eildon Weir died last week. Mr. James Anstee passed away on Friday last at the age of 76 years and his remains were interred in the Eildon cemetery. The burial service was read by the Rev. E Leaver, and Mr. A. E. Howell had charge of the funeral arrangements. The late Mr. Anstee, who was born at Kilmore, resided in Mansfield for some years and later on at Howe’s Creek, He was one of the early residents of Eildon Weir, and took his part as a tradesman in construction work at the dam. He leaves a family of three – one son (James, who resides at Piries. near Mansfield) and two daughters Rebecca (Mrs. J. Donald, Eildon Weir) and Emily (Mrs. Purcell, Essendon.) … Mr. Anstee, who had been ailing for some time, passed away peacefully in his sleep. … Both funerals were largely attended, as the men were held in high esteem. Owing to the shortage of labor, the relatives in one case and the cemetery trustees (with other help) had to do the grave digging.

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