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Williams, (née Bastian), Hannah

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1831
Place of birth Crowan, Cornwall, England
Date of arrival 1839
Principal occupation Wife and mother
Date of death 1861
Place of decease Dairy Flat, South Australia

Hannah Bastian was born on 23 March 1831 at Crowan in Cornwall, England. Religion – Wesleyan Methodist (now the Uniting Church).

She was the fifth daughter of Sampson Bastian senior (1791-1846) and Philippa Holman (1797-1872). Aged 8 years, she arrived with her parents on board Java from London on 13 Oct 1839. She grew up in Willunga during the 1840s.

Hannah, aged 22 years, married 28 year old Thomas Williams junior (1825-1896) on 10 Nov 1853 at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church in Willunga.

Thomas and Hannah Williams had four children (two sons and two daughters): Ann(ie) (1854-1939 m. Robert James Nichol (1850-1924) on 12 Sept 1878 and they lived at McLaren Vale; John (1856-1946) farmer at Willunga. m. Nora McDonald (?-1925); ch: Elizabeth (1887- ), Thomas (1888 - ), Frank (1894 - ) died at Oakbank aged 89 years; Jane (1858-1938) unmarried, buried in the Uniting Church at Willunga; Mary (1860-1861) of Yankalilla died aged 7 months, buried in the Uniting Church in Willunga.

Hannah Williams (nee Bastian) died at Dairy Flat on 23 Oct 1861 aged 30 years. She is buried with her husband Thomas in the Willunga Wesleyan Methodist (Uniting) Church and commemorated on a panel of a chest tomb (alongside her sister Ann) carved by George Sara.


  • 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.
Hannah Williams (nee Bastian)
Hannah Williams (nee Bastian)

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