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Bastian (nèe Holman), Philippa

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1797
Place of birth Crowan, Cornwall, England
Date of arrival 1840
Principal occupation Land-owner, wife and mother
Date of death 1872
Place of decease Willunga, South Australia

Philippa Holman was born on 2 July 1797, the daughter of John Holman and Susannah George. Her brother John Holman was born in 1795 and he also emigrated to South Australia. Her sister Eliza was born on 23 April 1810 and she married John Vanstone

Philippa Holman married Sampson Bastian senior on 28 Dec 1819 in Crowan, Cornwall, England. They had nine children (4 sons and 6 daughters):

Sampson (junior) (1820-1897) m. 1st. Mary Holman in 1845 m. 2nd. Mary Ann Dawe (nee Gregory) in 1861

Elizabeth (1822-1913) m. Richard Hill in 1841

Jane (1824-1910) m. Thomas Atkinson in 1847

John (1825-1887) unmarried

Philippa (1827-1918) m. John Shepherd in 1848

Mary (1828-1840) unmarried

Hannah (1831-1861) m. Thomas Williams junior in 1853

Ann (1833-1860) m. John Holman in 1851

Stephen (1835-1925) m. Catherine Ann (Kate) Marshall in 1858

Thomas Henry (1843-1879) m. Elizabeth Ann Watters.

Philippa (42 years) arrived at Port Adelaide on 6 Feb 1840 on board Java, (Captain Alexander Duthie, from London on 13 Oct 1839) with her husband Sampson (43 years) and their eight surviving children - Sampson (18), Elizabeth (16), Jane (15), John (13), Philippa (12), Mary (10 died on the voyage), Hannah (8), Ann (6) and Stephen (4).

In 1868 Philippa took her daughter-in-law Mary Anne (formerly Dawe), who was Sampson Bastian junior’s second wife, to court for beating her with a stick and otherwise ill-treating her.

Philippa Bastian died at the age of 75 years on 22 June 1872 at Willunga and she is buried in the Willunga Uniting Church cemetery. She has a chest tomb with a slate tombstone on the side carved by George Sara.


  • Adelaide Observer 7 Nov 1868:7
  • Linn R Cradle of Adversity
  • 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
Philippa Bastian (nee Holman) and daughter Elizabeth (Mrs Richard Hill), circa 1846.
Philippa Bastian (nee Holman) and daughter Elizabeth (Mrs Richard Hill), circa 1846.
Philippa Holman (nee Bastian) gravestone
Philippa Holman (nee Bastian) gravestone

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