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George Alexander Anstey (1814–1895)

Last week a cablegram was received from England announcing the death of Mr. G. A. [George Alexander] Anstey, formerly a resident of South Australia, and a partner up to the time of his death of Mr. Thomas Giles of this city. Mr. Anstey arrived in this colony in March, 1838, with a cargo of sheep from Tasmania, of which colony his father had been a resident for a number of years. He at once took up land, and engaged in pastoral pursuits. Six years later he became associated with Mr. Giles, and last December the partnership had been in existence for 50 years. In 1840 Mr. Giles took up the Highercombe estate, and he exhibited excellent judgment in laying out the orchards and ornamental gardens on the property; His residence in South Australia lasted for 14 years, and when he left the colony Mr. G. M. Waterhouse bought Highercombe, which subsequently passed into the hands of the late Sir R. D. Ross. Prior to returning to England in 1854 Mr. Anstey lived for a couple of years in Tasmania, and he has not visited South Australia since 1868. He was one of the first of the Government noninees to the Legislative Council in this colony, but his political career was short, as when he sought election by the people he was rejected on account of his pronounced views on the Church grant question. The deceased gentleman, who was a man of much intellectual power, was 81 years of age.

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Additional Resources

  • death notice, Express and Telegraph (Adelaide), 21 February 1895, p 2

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'Anstey, George Alexander (1814–1895)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 19 June 2024.

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24 April, 1814
London, Middlesex, England


18 February, 1895 (aged 80)
London, Middlesex, England

Cause of Death

heart disease

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