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Bastian (nèe Holman), Mary

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1822
Place of birth Crowan, Cornwall, England
Date of arrival 1839
Principal occupation Wife and mother
Date of death 1860
Place of decease Willunga

Mary Holman was born at Crowan, Cornwall in 1822, the third daughter of John Holman (1795-1853) and Millicent Hodge (1795-1850). She arrived at Port Adelaide from Liverpool, aged 17 years, with her parents and other siblings from Crowan, Cornwall on 7 June 1839 aboard Sir Charles Forbes.

Mary Holman, aged 23 years, married Sampson Bastian junior (1820-1897) at the Wesleyan Chapel in Gawler Place, Adelaide on 20 March 1845. They had eight children (three sons and five daughters) – 3 died before the age of 5 years:

John Henry (1846-1929) b. at Willunga. m. Roseanna (Rose) Threadgold (1860-1952) at Adelaide on 12 May 1879.

Mary (1847-1927) b. at Willunga. unmarried. d. at Millswood Estate.

Jane (1848-1848) died aged 3 weeks.

Sampson (1849-1853) b. & d. at Willunga, died aged 4 years

Jane (1850-1913) b. at Willunga. m. Henry Mudge (1848-1919) at St. Phillip & St. James, Noarlunga on 28 March 1872.

Elizabeth (1852-1917) b. at Willunga, m. John Henry Smith on 25 Dec 1873 at Streaky Bay, SA.

Sampson John (1854-1913) b. at North Adelaide, m. Mary Julia Middleton on 13 June 1877 at St. Paul Church, Adelaide, d. at Prospect.

Philippa (1855-1943) b. at Willunga, m. Henry Bishop (1853-1920) at Yorketown on 25 July 1877.

Anne (1857-1857) b. & d. at Willunga. Died aged 3 months

Mary Bastian (nee Holman) was resident at Willunga from the early 1840s until her death in 1860. Sampson and Mary Bastian were resident in Willunga from their marriage in 1845 and occupied 29 acres in 1849. This may have been part of section 1241 (comprising 110 acres) which they purchased for 110 pounds with John Bastian (her brother) and Richard Hill (brother-in-law) on 8 Oct 1849. In 1860 Sampson Bastian junior was described as “of the firm of Bastian & Martin, Willunga slate quarries”.

Mary died on 19 Aug 1860, aged 38 years, after their marriage of just 15 years.


  • Passengers in History database SA Maritime Museum - Holman 1839
  • South Australian Births – Index of Registrations 1842-1906
  • South Australian Marriages – Index of Registrations 1842-1937
  • South Australian Deaths – Index of Registrations 1842-1972
  • SA Census 1841
  • South Australian Register 18 July 1857:2

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