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Vanstone, John (junior)

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1828
Place of birth Blackhaven parish, Bickleigh, near Tamerton in Devon, England.
Date of arrival 1847
Principal occupation Gold miner, publican and farmer.
Date of departure 1878
Date of death 1933
Place of decease Wandearah East near Crystal Brook, SA.

John Vanstone was born on 28 July 1828 at Blackhaven parish, Bickleigh, near Tamerton in Devon, England. He was the oldest surviving son of John Vanstone (senior)(1803-1886) and his first wife Mary Ann Vear (1800-1846). John Vanstone (aged 19 years) arrived with his father and three brothers James (16), William (13) and Phillip (7) aboard La Belle Alliance on 2 July 1847.

John Vanstone, aged 25 years, married Margaret Bennetts Matthews (1833-1910), aged 21 years, on 26 March 1854 at St Stephen’s Anglican Church, Willunga. They had eight children:

  • James Bennetts (1857-1884) born at Willunga, died at Wandearah near Crystal Brook, SA.
  • Thomas Mathews (1858-1950) born at Willunga, married Grace Caroline Pitman (1863-1913) at the Wesleyan Church, Peterborough on 19 Nov 1885, they had twelve children, died at Crystal Brook, SA.
  • John (1862-1947) born at Willunga, died at Crystal Brook, SA.
  • George Edwin (1863-1951) born at Willunga, married Mary Ann Jobson (1861-1892) on 5 Jan 1892 at Clare, SA, they had three children, died at Walleroo, SA.
  • William Arthur (1864-1924) born at Willunga, married Emily Maud Jackson (1874-1950) on 4 June 1893 at Crystal Brook, died at Crystal Brook, SA.
  • Mary Elizabeth (1869-1874) born and died as a child at Willunga.
  • Albert (1872-1963) born at Willunga, married Emily Evangeline Eagle (1875-1956) on 26 July 1902 at Redhill, SA, they had one child, died at Crystal Brook, SA and buried at Crystal Brook Cemetery.
  • Walter (1874-1940) born at Willunga, married Edith Amy Eagle (1877-1965) on 5 June 1902 at Wandearah, they had five children, died at Crystal Brook and buried at Crystal Brook Cemetery.

John Vanstone junior, aged 24 years, went to Melbourne with his brother James (21) aboard Chatham in March 1852 presumably to the Victorian Goldfields and he arrived back in Adelaide in May 1852 with his brother William (19). John and William then travelled back to Melbourne aboard Chatham in September 1852.

John Vanstone junior was the first, and longest lasting (12 years in total), publican of the Cornwall Inn (publican in 1853-54, 1855-57 & 1861-68). John and Margaret Vanstone with their growing family lived at Willunga from the time of their marriage in 1854 until 1878 when they moved to Crystal Brook purchasing a property at Wandearah East in 1882.

John Vanstone junior, aged 105 years, died at Wandearah East on 25 Oct 1933 and he is buried at Crystal Brook Cemetery.


  • Passengers in History Database – South Australian Maritime Museum
  • South Australian Births – Index of Registrations 1842-1906
  • South Australian Marriages – Index of Registrations 1842-1937
  • South Australian Deaths – Index of Registrations 1842-1972
  • Ratepayer List Willunga & Aldinga Councils 1850-1888
  • GRO Merge “V”
  • Adelaide Times 14 June 1853:3
  • Recorder 26 October 1933:1

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