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Vanstone, Phillip Gowman

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1840
Place of birth Bickleigh, Devon, England.
Date of arrival 1847
Principal occupation Farmer
Date of departure 1860
Date of death 1937
Place of decease Moonta, SA.

Phillip Gowman Vanstone was born in Bickleigh, Devon, England. He was the youngest surviving son of John Vanstone senior (1803-1886) and his first wife, Mary Ann Vear (1800-1846). Phillip Vanstone, aged 7 years, arrived in South Australia with his father and three brothers John (19), James (16) and William (13) aboard La Belle Alliance on 2 July 1847. Phillip Vanstone grew up in the Willunga District from 1848 until about 1860, when he moved to Yankalilla with his father, John Vanstone senior, and his second wife, Eliza (née Holman).

Phillip, aged 20 years, married Elizabeth Clarke (1834-1924), aged 26 years, (daughter of Joseph Clarke) on 29 November 1860 at the residence of the groom at Yankalilla. They had seven children:

  • Eliza Clarke (1861-1864) was born at Dairy Flat and died, aged 3 years, at Myponga. She is buried in the Myponga Cemetery with a slate gravestone.
  • John James (1863-1949) was born at Dairy Flat. He married Florence Mary Bell (1883-1963) on 10 March 1908 at Fullarton, SA, and they had one daughter. He died at St Peters, SA.
  • Eliza Clarke (1864-1945) was born at Myponga. She married Alexander Anderson (1862-1947) on 3 July 1889 at Brentwood and they had six children. She died at Novar Gardens and is buried at Pasadena Cemetery.
  • Joseph (1867-1954) married Barbara Anderson (1863-1945) on 10 August 1892 at Brentwood and they had four children. He died at Wandearah, SA.
  • Simon Vere (“Sam”) (1868-1949) was born at Myponga. He married Agnes Jobson Binney (1869-1947) on 24 March 1896 at Rocky River, SA, and they had three children. He died at Yorketown, SA
  • Mary Anne (1871-1949) was born at Myponga and was unmarried. She died at Moonta.
  • Fanny (1873-1945) was born at Myponga. She married Charles Henry Martin (1877-1954) in 1900 at the Wesleyan parsonage at Minlaton and they had four children. She died at Moonta.

Phillip and his family lived at Dairy Flat from 1860 until 1863 and then Myponga from 1864. In about 1877, he took up land at Brentwood, Yorke Peninsula, where the family lived for 43 years before Phillip retired in about 1920 to live in Moonta.

Elizabeth Vanstone (née Clarke), aged 90 years, died in 1924. Phillip Vanstone, aged 97 years, died on 24 June 1937 while he was living at Caroline Street, Moonta. Beneficiaries of his will were his sons, Simon Vear Vanstone, farmer of Yorketown, John James Vanstone, clerk of St Peters, and Alexander Anderson, husband of his oldest daughter, Eliza Clarke Vanstone.


  • 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”
  • The Pioneer 28 May 1937:3
  • The Pioneer 25 June 1937:2
  • Advertiser 3 July 1937:16

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