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Bastian, Sampson (senior)

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1791
Place of birth Crowan, Cornwall, England.
Date of arrival 1839
Principal occupation Quarryman, quarry owner and farmer.
Date of death 1846
Place of decease Willunga, South Australia.

Sampson Bastian was born on 19 Jan 1791 in Crowan, Cornwall, England. He was the son of John Bastian (1754-1819) and Elizabeth (nee Uren) (1761-1808). John is reputed to have changed his surname from Bastard to Bastian. Religion – Wesleyan Methodist (Uniting Church). Sampson had a brother Henry (1802-1875) who arrived on 15/01/1851 from England on board Ascendant and was a miner at Willunga but then departed for Victoria by 1854.

Sampson married Philippa Holman (1797-1872) on 28 Dec 1819 in Crowan, Cornwall, England. They had ten children (4 sons and 6 daughters):

Sampson Bastian junior (1820-1897) m. (1st) Mary Holman (1820-1860) on 20 March 1845 m. (2nd) Mary Ann Dawe (nee Gregory) (1819-1889) on 27 July 1861,

Elizabeth (1822-1913) m. Richard Hill (1814-1873) on 3 March 1841,

Jane (1824-1910) m. Thomas Atkinson (1822-1906) on 20 May 1847,

John (1825-1887) farmer at Willunga unmarried,

Philippa (1827-1918) m. John Shepherd (1823-1915) (son of Robert Shepherd) on 18 March 1848,

Mary (1828-1840) died on the voyage to South Australia

Hannah (Anna) (1831-1861) m. Thomas Williams junior (1825-1896) on 25 Nov 1853,

Ann (1833-1860) m. John Holman junior,

Stephen (1835-1925) m. Catherine Ann (Kate) Marshall (1838-1927) on 16 June 1858

Thomas Henry (1843-1879) m. Elizabeth Ann Watters on 14 Nov 1867

Ten members of the Bastian family arrived at Port Adelaide on 6 Feb 1840 on board Java, Captain Alexander Duthie, from London on 13 Oct 1839. Sampson (43) and Philippa (42) Bastian with their seven children Sampson junior (18), Elizabeth (16), Jane (15), John (13), Philippa (12), Mary (10 died on the voyage), Hannah (8), Ann (6) and Stephen (4). Also on the ship were William Bastian (30), his wife (30) and two children (son 5 and daughter 1) who appear to be unrelated.

On arrival the Bastian family lived in huts erected by the Government on the banks of the Torrens River, and afterwards removed to a house in Light square, where they lived for about six months. Land was secured at a place known as Beltunga, one and a half miles from Willunga. Sampson Bastian senior was employed in the slate quarries, which, when relinquished by Mr. Loud, he worked in conjunction wlth his eldest son, Sampson Bastian junior. They were also involved in carting copper ore from Burra and it was on one of these long trips to Burra that Mr. Bastian, sen., caught a severe cold, from which he never recovered. Sampson Bastian senior died at the age of 56 years on 15 Nov 1846 at Willunga and he is buried in the Willunga Uniting Church cemetery.


  • Adelaide Observer 28 Jan 1911:37
  • Passengers in History database. SA Maritime Museum. Bastian. 1840
  • South Australian Deaths Index of Registrations 1842-1915
  • South Australian Marriages Index of Registrations 1842-1916
Sampson Bastian memorial
Sampson Bastian memorial
Bastian chest tomb.
Bastian chest tomb.
Philippa Bastian (nee Holman) and daughter Elizabeth (Mrs Richard Hill), circa 1846.
Philippa Bastian (nee Holman) and daughter Elizabeth (Mrs Richard Hill), circa 1846.

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