Robert Edward Anstee (MJ 8)

See ‘Anstey: A Complete History From the Norman Invasion to World War One‘ for much more on the Majorca Anstees of Victoria. 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 Majorca Anstees of Victoria fit into the pedigree descendent from Hubert de Anesti, the 12th century originator of the ‘Anstey’ surname.

MJ 8. Robert Edward Anstee: He was born on 20 July 1877 in Timor, Majorca to father John Morgan Anstee (MJ 3). He was a miner when he married Mary Susan Annie Roberts in Bendigo on 5 April 1899. They had children: 

  • Percy Robert Anstee (b 1900, married Elsie Maud Kerr in 1924, died on 21 June 1948 in Melbourne on Spencer Street Railway Station platform, having gone to Melbourne to finalise the sale of his ‘Tomato Sauce’ factory to Dunlop Tyres); 
  • Dorothy Anstee (b 1904); 
  • Roy Anstee (b 1907); 
  • Jack Milburn Anstee (b 1909 Golden Square); 
  • Leonard Anstee (b 1911 died an infant); 
  • Norman Frederick Anstee (b 1913 Golden Square); and 
  • Betty Anstee (b 1919).

The ‘Bendigo Advertiser‘ reported on 29 September 1899 “Mining Accident.—About 9 o’clock on Wednesday night a young man named Robert Anstee met with a painful accident in the Shenandoah mine. In company with his mate, named Watson, he was working down some quartz in the stopes when a piece of stone fell from above and struck him on the back, knocking him down in an unconscious condition. He was brought to the surface as quickly as possible. Dr. James, who was sent for, found that the man had received a severe gash on the back, which necessitated the insertion of several stitches, and an injury to his leg. He was removed to his residence at the corner of High and Maple streets, and it will be a week or two before he will be able to resume work“. 

In c1911 the family were living in Bendigo and in 1929 they were living at 592 High Street Bendigo, then in 1932 they moved to 98 Queen Street. He became an Overseer for Bendigo City Council and he died on 19 September 1958 in Bendigo, still living at Queen Street.

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