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Bastian, Stephen

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1835
Place of birth Crowan, Cornwall, England
Date of arrival 1840
Principal occupation Farmer
Date of departure 1862
Date of death 1911
Place of decease Unley, South Australia.

Stephen Bastian was born on 1 June 1835 in Crowan, Cornwall, England. He was the third son of Sampson Bastian senior (1791-1846) and Philippa Holman (1797-1872). Religion – Wesleyan Methodist (Uniting Church).

Stephen Bastian, aged 4, 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. Stephen grew up, and lived in, the Willunga district for most of the 1840s and 1850s.

At 10 years old, Stephen was involved in driving a bullock team laden with copper ore from Burra, but after the death, of his father in 1846, until 18 years of age turned his attention almost exclusively to working the farm in company with his second oldest brother, John. In 1852 and 1853 Stephen twice briefly went to the gold diggings at Forest Creek, in Victoria

Stephen Bastian, aged 23 years married Catherine Ann (Kate) Marshall (1838-18/08/1927) on 16 June 1858 in Willunga. They had six children (3 sons and 3 daughters): John Henry (1864-1940), Alfred (1867-1930), Philippa Ann (1869-1956), Arthur Stephen (1872-1943), Edith Jane (1876-1879) died aged 3 years Edith Jane (1880-1972).

By the late 1850s Stephen Bastian was the publican at the Aldinga Hotel. Then in 1862 he went to Sydney in search of land and subsequently went to the gold rush on the River Molineaux, about 130 miles from Dunedin in New Zealand. Back in NSW he was engaged in rnaize-growing for three years on the Clarence River and finally established Golden Grove, a property near Brinkworth in the mid north of South Australia. He never returned to live in Willunga and after he retired in the 1880s spent the final years of his life in Edmund Avenue, Unley. Stephen Bastian, aged 76 years, died at Unley, South Australia in 1911.


  • Adelaide Observer 28 Jan 1911:37
  • Australia Marriage Index 1788-1950
  • England Select Births and Christenings 1538-1975

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