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Bastian, Sampson (junior)

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1820
Place of birth Crowan, Cornwall, England
Date of arrival 1840
Principal occupation Slate merchant and farmer.
Date of death 1897
Place of decease Goodwood, South Australia

Sampson Bastian (junior) was born on 9 Sept 1820 and baptised on 1 Oct 1820 in Crowan, Cornwall, England. He was the oldest son of Sampson Bastian (1791-1846) and Philippa Holman (1797-1872). Religion – Wesleyan Methodist (Uniting Church).

Sampson Bastian, aged 18, arrived at Port Adelaide, South Australia on 6 Feb 1840 with his parents and seven surviving siblings on board Java, Captain Alexander Duthie, from London on 13 Oct 1839.

On 20 March 1845 Sampson married Mary Holman (1820-1860) at the Wesleyan Chapel in Gawler Place, Adelaide, South Australia. They had nine children (three sons and six daughters):

John Henry (1846-1929) m. Roseanna Threadgold (d.21/01/1952) on 12/05/1879

Mary (1847-1927) unmarried

Jane (1848-1848) died aged less than 1 year,\

Sampson John (16/07/1849-12/04/1853) died aged 4 years

Jane (1850-1913) m. Henry Mudge on 28/03/1872

Elizabeth (1852-1917) m. John Henry Smith on 25/12/1873

Sampson John (1854-07/05/1913) m. Mary Julia Middleton on 13/06/1877

Philippa (1855-1943) m. Henry Bishop on 25/07/1877

Anne (1857-1857) died aged 3 months.

Mary Bastian (nee Holman) died on 19 Aug 1860, aged 40 years, after they had been married for just 15 years. Sampson Bastian’s second marriage was to Mary Anne Dawe (nee Gregory) (1819-1889) at the Weslyan Chapel in Archer Street, North Adelaide on 25 July 1861. Sampson’s second marriage lasted 18 years until Mary Anne, aged 70 years, died in a coach accident on 18 Sept 1889.

Sampson Bastian was resident in Willunga from the 1840s to at least the 1860s as he is listed in Stephen’s South Australian Almanac and Directory as a farmer at Willunga for 1847 and he occupied 29 acres in 1849. He was a seconder on a motion at a public meeting held at the Bush Inn in 1859. He was described as a slate merchant of Willunga in 1861 and for the years from 1864 to 1883.

Sampson Bastian lived until 15 Sept 1897 when he died aged 77 years at Goodwood in South Australia.


  • Australia Death Index 1787-1985 Adelaide register vol 245 page 393
  • Australia Marriage Index 1788-1950 Adelaide register vol 10 page 69
  • England Select Births and Christenings 1538-1975 FHL film number 246797 & 246798
  • South Australian Register 18 July 1857:2
  • Stephen’s South Australian Almanac and Directory 1847 and 1864-1883
Sampson Bastian Junior (1820-1897).
Sampson Bastian Junior (1820-1897).

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