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Henry BASTIANAge: 5218461898

Name
Henry BASTIAN
Given names
Henry
Surname
BASTIAN
Also known as
Henry PATZIAN
Publication: 1872/000819
Birth calculated 1846

Citation details: 9 March 2010
Text:

Hello Stuart,

Many thanks for replying so quickly.

I am that Judith Knox.

Rebecca was 54 when she died.

Rebecca and Henry Bastian did not have any children. Sophie was not Henry Bastian’s daughter, my grandmother did not know this until she was an adult.

Rebecca's daughter Sophie (b.20.2.1870/71 – have not found the Birth Certificate* died 14.8.1954 Vaucluse Sydney) married Francis Letters, born in Alloa Scotland 6.6.1858 and died at Annandale Sydney 27.7.1931.

Sophie and Francis were married on 26.1.1897.

They had 4 sons all born in Gympie, Queensland. Francis Joseph Henry Letters 6.12.1897 - 23.9.1964 Louis Gilbert Letters 15.2.1899 - 24.10.1973 Napoleon (Leon) Ignatius Letters 9.6.1901 – 12.7.1979 Charles Stanislaus Letters 30.1.1905 – 24.1.1952 (died unmarried)

Leon Letters was my father, I am his eldest. I was born Judith Elizabeth Letters on 4.4.1943 in Coonamble NSW and married David Wykeham Knox (b.27.12.1935 in Bowral NSW) on 23.4.1970 in Sydney. We have 5 children and 2 grandchildren – so far. 1 sister and 1 brother.

Henry Bastian has been very difficult to find. I have spent about 30 years trying to find him. The Marriage Certificate had his name as “Henry Paztian” and he was supposed to be from Germany. No parents’ names were given for either Henry or Sophie although he was described as a “Mariner”. Henry’s Death Certificate said that his father was a Mariner, so perhaps there was some truth in the story that he was “born at sea and died at sea” as we had been told. One branch of the family say that he was a member of the “Plymouth Brethren” and was “drummed out of his church for marrying outside the faith”. I don’t know how true that is. I note from his Death Certificate that no Clergy was present. He was 52 when he died – he was the Master of the Steamer “Little Nell” which capsized. His cargo was a tug. I am still looking for his birth. I am trying to find the exact date of Thomas Weller's birth although I understand he was born in 1820.

At the present time I am collating BDM’S and other information for my children, siblings and cousins - it is a bigger job that I thought as I keep on finding more and more stuff.

  • I think I may have found a fictitious Birth Registration for her at Brisbane Waters District at “Blue Gum Flat”. We were told she was born in Melbourne but my brother said that he thinks that he has something somewhere which says that she was born somewhere near that area.

    When I have myself organized I will send your information on our families.

    Best wishes Judith Knox Sydney

Publication: 16063/1898
Publication: 1872/000819
Note: His marriage certificate states that he was 26 years old at the time of his marriage in 1872. His death certificate states that he was 52 years old at the time of his death in 1898.
Note: His marriage certificate states that he was born in Germany. His death certificate states that he was born in Ramsgate, England.
Religious marriageRebecca WELLERView this family
September 28, 1872 (Age 26)
Address: Presbyterian Church Elizabeth Street
Citation details: 27 March 2007
Text:

Email from Christine White 27 March, 2007.

Edited.

Until I check what's on Ancestry etc, here's some info re Edward Albert Elphick's grandmother - Bathsheba Friend.

FRIEND, Bathsheba B. 1815c; D. 3 August, 1887 Born Hawkhurst, Kent UK, died North Waratah, NSW.

Arrived aboard the 'Eleanor' on 21 August, 1841. Her immigration record noted that she was born in Hawkhurst; her parents were Thomas FRIEND and Phillis WOOLYER & were still alive; she was sponsored by Thomas Gore & Co; was in good health, but had been in quarantine during the voyage; could read and write her 'calling' was cook and her religion was Protestant.

She was accompanied by her 2 sons, Charles 5 years & William 1½ . Her first husband Richard ELPHICK died at sea during the voyage.

Also aboard the 'Eleanor' were Bathsheba's sister Rebecca, born 23 November, 1817, Hawkhurst, Kent and her husband, Henry Francis WOODGATE. Rebecca & Henry married at Hawkhurst. They are believed to have had one child, born approx 1840, Hawkhurst.

Children of Bathsheba Friend & Richard ELPHICK: 1.Charles ELPHICK, b abt 1836 Hawkhurst, UK; d 1903 Newcastle NSW. 2.William ELPHICK, b abt 1840 Hawkhurst, UK

More about William ELPHICK. Little is known about William's early life. It is known that he had a relationship with Mary Ann Gribble. A record of their marriage has not been located. They had 3 children: 1.Charles born about 1862 at Lachlan Diggings, NSW. 2.Richard Thomas (named for his 2 grandfathers) born at Cashmere Station, Qld 1868 and died the same year. 3.Bathsheba Jane (named for her 2 grandmothers) born 1869 at Cashmere Station, Qld.

William was a butcher by trade.

Mary Ann Gribble was born in 1844 at Wilberforce NSW. Her parents were convicts, Thomas Gribble and Jane Irwin.

Charles (eldest son of William Elphick & Mary Ann Gribble) married Sarah McNanley, 1884 in Brisbane. (The Qld BDM record 1884/B009319 records her name as Silby McNanley.) Sarah was born in Manchester UK 1863. Her parents were Felix McNanley and Sarah Watson who may have arrived in Australia via Moreton Bay.

Charles and Sarah eventually moved to Victoria where Charles worked in Melbourne for some time before moving to Gippsland where he worked in a coal mine before settling on a dairy farm outside Foster in South Gippsland where they remained for the rest of their lives. They had a total of 9 children, including Alice Bathsheba Elphick, born 1898.

Bathsheba Jane married James Thomas Rogers in 1889 at Mormanton, Qld. James was a Customs officer. They had one unnamed child in 1892, who died shortly after birth. It is not known if they had any other children.

More about Charles ELPHICK (son of Bathsheba FRIEND & Richard ELPHICK, b abt 1856). Charles died in 1903 aged about 47 years, in Newcastle and it is stated on his birth certificate that it was unknown whether he was married or had children. He was a butcher by trade. (Jan - I have a copy of Charles's death certificate on file - happy to send a copy if you'd like it. cw)

Bathsheba formed a relationship with Thomas Mead WELLER. No record of a marriage has been located.

Children of Thomas Mead WELLER and Bathsheba FRIEND: 1.Sarah L WELLER b 1843, Sydney; d 1843 Sydney. Baptised 22 November, 1843, St Matthews CoE, Windsor. 2.Henry WELLER, b 12 July 1844; Stoke Hill, NSW d 18 December, 1908, Sydney 3.Rebecca WELLER, b 1848; m Captain Henry BASTIANS (BDM Ref V18481174 33A/1848). 4.Thomas WELLER, b 1851, St Matthews Windsor NSW (BDM Ref V18511837 37A/1851)

NB: Another descendant has suggested that Bathsheba & Richard Elphick also had a 3rd son who did not accompany them to Australia. I cannot confirm this & I don't know their sources.

Bye for now, Chris

Citation details: 819/1872 PAZTIAN HENRY WELLER REBECCA SYDNEY
Citation details: 9 March 2010
Text:

Hello Stuart,

Many thanks for replying so quickly.

I am that Judith Knox.

Rebecca was 54 when she died.

Rebecca and Henry Bastian did not have any children. Sophie was not Henry Bastian’s daughter, my grandmother did not know this until she was an adult.

Rebecca's daughter Sophie (b.20.2.1870/71 – have not found the Birth Certificate* died 14.8.1954 Vaucluse Sydney) married Francis Letters, born in Alloa Scotland 6.6.1858 and died at Annandale Sydney 27.7.1931.

Sophie and Francis were married on 26.1.1897.

They had 4 sons all born in Gympie, Queensland. Francis Joseph Henry Letters 6.12.1897 - 23.9.1964 Louis Gilbert Letters 15.2.1899 - 24.10.1973 Napoleon (Leon) Ignatius Letters 9.6.1901 – 12.7.1979 Charles Stanislaus Letters 30.1.1905 – 24.1.1952 (died unmarried)

Leon Letters was my father, I am his eldest. I was born Judith Elizabeth Letters on 4.4.1943 in Coonamble NSW and married David Wykeham Knox (b.27.12.1935 in Bowral NSW) on 23.4.1970 in Sydney. We have 5 children and 2 grandchildren – so far. 1 sister and 1 brother.

Henry Bastian has been very difficult to find. I have spent about 30 years trying to find him. The Marriage Certificate had his name as “Henry Paztian” and he was supposed to be from Germany. No parents’ names were given for either Henry or Sophie although he was described as a “Mariner”. Henry’s Death Certificate said that his father was a Mariner, so perhaps there was some truth in the story that he was “born at sea and died at sea” as we had been told. One branch of the family say that he was a member of the “Plymouth Brethren” and was “drummed out of his church for marrying outside the faith”. I don’t know how true that is. I note from his Death Certificate that no Clergy was present. He was 52 when he died – he was the Master of the Steamer “Little Nell” which capsized. His cargo was a tug. I am still looking for his birth. I am trying to find the exact date of Thomas Weller's birth although I understand he was born in 1820.

At the present time I am collating BDM’S and other information for my children, siblings and cousins - it is a bigger job that I thought as I keep on finding more and more stuff.

  • I think I may have found a fictitious Birth Registration for her at Brisbane Waters District at “Blue Gum Flat”. We were told she was born in Melbourne but my brother said that he thinks that he has something somewhere which says that she was born somewhere near that area.

    When I have myself organized I will send your information on our families.

    Best wishes Judith Knox Sydney

Publication: 16063/1898
Publication: 1903/001957
Publication: 1872/000819
Occupation
Master Mariner
between 1878 and 1898 (Age 32)

Citation details: 28 March 2007
Text:

Hi Stuart,

This email ended up a lot longer than I planned, but I found I had more info on my work PC than I realised.

Re Bathsheba's death.

They didn't make life easy for those following after. Through the generations there are a number of Bathsheba's. I've listed each (that I know of so far) below.

The first one - wife of Richard Elphick, then Thomas Mead Weller, who was born in Hawkhurst, UK.

The 2nd was the daughter of William Elphick & Mary Ann Gribble (son of Bathsheba & Richard Elphick), who was born in Queensland in 1869. I found a copies of her birth & marriage certificates on my work pc that I've attached. They were sent to me by one of her descendants from Victoria.

The 3rd was the daughter of Thomas Weller jnr. & Eliza Jane Ashby (son of Bathsheba Elphick & Thomas Mead Weller) who was born in Newcastle NSW in 1884 and died 1885. This is the one mentioned in your email.

Re the 'Patzian' listing.

Correct - this is a transcription error. I have located a descendant of Rebecca Weller (daughter of the original Bathsheba & Thomas Mead Weller) named Judith Knox who has generously shared research from her uncle - Frank Letters.

From (faulty) memory Judith's grandmother was Sophie Bastians - daughter of Rebecca Weller & Henry Bastians & she in turn married Napoleon Letters.

Trivia: Henry Bastians was Captain Henry Bastians - a mariner.

Citation details: 9 March 2010
Text:

Hello Stuart,

Many thanks for replying so quickly.

I am that Judith Knox.

Rebecca was 54 when she died.

Rebecca and Henry Bastian did not have any children. Sophie was not Henry Bastian’s daughter, my grandmother did not know this until she was an adult.

Rebecca's daughter Sophie (b.20.2.1870/71 – have not found the Birth Certificate* died 14.8.1954 Vaucluse Sydney) married Francis Letters, born in Alloa Scotland 6.6.1858 and died at Annandale Sydney 27.7.1931.

Sophie and Francis were married on 26.1.1897.

They had 4 sons all born in Gympie, Queensland. Francis Joseph Henry Letters 6.12.1897 - 23.9.1964 Louis Gilbert Letters 15.2.1899 - 24.10.1973 Napoleon (Leon) Ignatius Letters 9.6.1901 – 12.7.1979 Charles Stanislaus Letters 30.1.1905 – 24.1.1952 (died unmarried)

Leon Letters was my father, I am his eldest. I was born Judith Elizabeth Letters on 4.4.1943 in Coonamble NSW and married David Wykeham Knox (b.27.12.1935 in Bowral NSW) on 23.4.1970 in Sydney. We have 5 children and 2 grandchildren – so far. 1 sister and 1 brother.

Henry Bastian has been very difficult to find. I have spent about 30 years trying to find him. The Marriage Certificate had his name as “Henry Paztian” and he was supposed to be from Germany. No parents’ names were given for either Henry or Sophie although he was described as a “Mariner”. Henry’s Death Certificate said that his father was a Mariner, so perhaps there was some truth in the story that he was “born at sea and died at sea” as we had been told. One branch of the family say that he was a member of the “Plymouth Brethren” and was “drummed out of his church for marrying outside the faith”. I don’t know how true that is. I note from his Death Certificate that no Clergy was present. He was 52 when he died – he was the Master of the Steamer “Little Nell” which capsized. His cargo was a tug. I am still looking for his birth. I am trying to find the exact date of Thomas Weller's birth although I understand he was born in 1820.

At the present time I am collating BDM’S and other information for my children, siblings and cousins - it is a bigger job that I thought as I keep on finding more and more stuff.

  • I think I may have found a fictitious Birth Registration for her at Brisbane Waters District at “Blue Gum Flat”. We were told she was born in Melbourne but my brother said that he thinks that he has something somewhere which says that she was born somewhere near that area.

    When I have myself organized I will send your information on our families.

    Best wishes Judith Knox Sydney

Publication: 16063/1898
Number of childrenRebecca WELLERView this family
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Citation details: 9 March 2010
Text:

Hello Stuart,

Many thanks for replying so quickly.

I am that Judith Knox.

Rebecca was 54 when she died.

Rebecca and Henry Bastian did not have any children. Sophie was not Henry Bastian’s daughter, my grandmother did not know this until she was an adult.

Rebecca's daughter Sophie (b.20.2.1870/71 – have not found the Birth Certificate* died 14.8.1954 Vaucluse Sydney) married Francis Letters, born in Alloa Scotland 6.6.1858 and died at Annandale Sydney 27.7.1931.

Sophie and Francis were married on 26.1.1897.

They had 4 sons all born in Gympie, Queensland. Francis Joseph Henry Letters 6.12.1897 - 23.9.1964 Louis Gilbert Letters 15.2.1899 - 24.10.1973 Napoleon (Leon) Ignatius Letters 9.6.1901 – 12.7.1979 Charles Stanislaus Letters 30.1.1905 – 24.1.1952 (died unmarried)

Leon Letters was my father, I am his eldest. I was born Judith Elizabeth Letters on 4.4.1943 in Coonamble NSW and married David Wykeham Knox (b.27.12.1935 in Bowral NSW) on 23.4.1970 in Sydney. We have 5 children and 2 grandchildren – so far. 1 sister and 1 brother.

Henry Bastian has been very difficult to find. I have spent about 30 years trying to find him. The Marriage Certificate had his name as “Henry Paztian” and he was supposed to be from Germany. No parents’ names were given for either Henry or Sophie although he was described as a “Mariner”. Henry’s Death Certificate said that his father was a Mariner, so perhaps there was some truth in the story that he was “born at sea and died at sea” as we had been told. One branch of the family say that he was a member of the “Plymouth Brethren” and was “drummed out of his church for marrying outside the faith”. I don’t know how true that is. I note from his Death Certificate that no Clergy was present. He was 52 when he died – he was the Master of the Steamer “Little Nell” which capsized. His cargo was a tug. I am still looking for his birth. I am trying to find the exact date of Thomas Weller's birth although I understand he was born in 1820.

At the present time I am collating BDM’S and other information for my children, siblings and cousins - it is a bigger job that I thought as I keep on finding more and more stuff.

  • I think I may have found a fictitious Birth Registration for her at Brisbane Waters District at “Blue Gum Flat”. We were told she was born in Melbourne but my brother said that he thinks that he has something somewhere which says that she was born somewhere near that area.

    When I have myself organized I will send your information on our families.

    Best wishes Judith Knox Sydney

Note: It is understood that they had no children.
Death December 16, 1898 (Age 52)
Address: 2 Miles off Redhead, Newcastle, NSW.
Cause of death: Drowned when his ship foundered.
Citation details: 2 March 2010
Text:

The following message has been sent to your PhpGedView user account from Judith Knox

Your Name: Judith Knox Email Address: knoxletters@hotmail.com

Which of Bathsheba's children are you decended from? I am one of Rebecca's great grandchildren. I have just completed a list of Rebecca's decendants. Rebecca died 6.1.1903 in Gympie and her husband Henry Bastian died 16.12.1898.

Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 16053/1898 BASTIAN HENRY CHRISTOPHER LAURA STOCKTON
Publication: 16063/1898
Note:

Transcript from The Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday 17 December 1898.

SHIPPING DISASTER NEAR NEWCASTLE.

FOUNDERING OF THE STEAMER LITTLE NELL.

TWO LIVES LOST.

NEWCASTLE, Friday.

Another addition to the long list of shipping casualties on the northern coast was made this afternoon by the foundering of the Government steam tender Little Nell in the vicinity of Redhead, two lives, those of her master, Captain Bastian. and a well-known colonist, Mr. Peter Kemp, Sen., being sacrificed. The disaster is one of the most remarkable in the annals of colonial shipping, the vessel, immediately after coming out of dock, foundering in a moderate sea with fair weather conditions. The Little Nell, it appears, left Darling Island at 6 o'clockappears, left Darling Island at 6 o'clock this morning for Newcastle, and the Government steamtug Dawn was told off to escort her to this port. For some reason or other not yet explained the Little Nell cleared Sydney Heads three-quarters of an hour ahead of her escort, and, being a much faster vessel, maintained the lead by a considerable distance throughout.

All went well until the Little Nell had passed Lake Macquarie Heads, when a choppy sea was encountered, and the wind, which was S.S.E., increased in force. No fear for the safety of the steamer was entertained until, after rolling heavily for some time, she suddenly shipped a succession of heavy seas over the lee rail and was unable to regain her position. She then commenced to rapidly fill with water, and sank within the space of three minutes.

The ship's company consisted of Captain Henry Bastion, master ; W. V. Lang, engineer ; James Reeves, fireman ; and George Linden, deckhand. She also carried as a passenger Mr. Peter Kemp, sen., of the Hawkesbury River, a relative of the engineer. When the vessel foundered Mr. Kemp was below in the cabin, and, having no time to effect an escape,went down with her. The master and crew succeeded in recovering portions of wreckage, upon which they floated, pending the arrival of the escort. In the meantime, however, Captain Bastion, who was unable to swim, became exhausted was unable to swim, became exhausted, and was drowned.

The Dawn arrived on the scene within 20 minutes, and rescued the engineer, deckhand, and fireman. The body of the captain was taken aboard, and artificial respiration was resorted to without success. The news of the sad calamity was brought to Newcastle by the Dawn, which arrived here shortly after 4 o'clock. The occurrence was immediately reported to the water police, and to the authorities of the Harbours and Rivers Department in Sydney. The body of Captain Bastion was convoyed to the morgue, and the inquest will be opened at the Clarendon Hotel to-morrow morning.

Captain G. A. Lawrence, master of the Government steamer Dawn, upon interviewed by the representative of the " Sydney Morning Herald," made the following statement : -" We were told off to escort the Little Nell down to Newcastle, and cleared Sydney Heads at 7.40 a.m. The Little Nell was a considerable distance ahead of us, having had a good start. The wind was from S.W., but afterwards hauled round to the south, eventually veering to S.S.E. The weather was beautifully fine until we got down to Bird Island, when the sea started to make, and the wind freshened up a little. It was not a gale, but merely a good sailing breeze. The Little Nell foundered at about 2.40, when about a mile south of Redhead. I was on the bridge at the time watching the Little Nell, and saw her suddenly take a heavy list to port, her funnel being level with the surface of the water. A few seconds later she had completely disappeared from view. We were at that time about a mile and a half astern of the Little Nell, and we gave the Dawn all she was worth, reaching the scene of the disaster within 20 minutes. Immediately I saw that the steam tender had foundered. Orders were given to have everything in readiness, and long before we had reached the castaways we had boats, lifebuoys and lines prepared. We ran to windward of the unfortunate men, and by so doing managed to drift towards them, picking them up on the lee side.The first man rescued was George Linden, the deck hand, who was floating on some gratings. He was very much exhausted, but soon recovered. Then we succeeded in picking up the fireman, James Reeves, who had also secured some wreckage, and he, too, showed signs of collapse. The engineer, W.V. Laing, was then hauled aboard. He was a powerful swimmer, and was supporting the dead body of the captain,. We used all the usual restoratives with a view to the resuscitation of Captain Bastion, but found that life was extinct. The engineer told me that Mr Kemp, a passenger, was in the after cabin, and had gone down with the steamer. We then came to Newcastle, arriving off Nobby's at 3.55. I cannot advance any theory to account for the loss of the steamer. The whole matter is enshrouded in mystery. The Little Nell, of which for a time I was in command, was well found in every respect,and was a good little vessel, capable of steaming 10 knots an hour. We had no chance, therefore, of overtaking her, although our engines were going full speed. The Little Nell had just come out of Fitzroy Dock, where she had been thoroughly over-hauled.

The stories related by the survivors, who for apparent reasons were extremely reticent, are substantially the same as that of Captain Lawrence. They give the time of the departure from Sydney at 6.15, and state that the weather conditions were favourable until the completion of the first half of the journey. Trouble was first experienced at about 2 o'clock, when she commenced to roll heavily with the increasing seas. The spot at which the Little Nell foundered was between Redhead and Moon Island. She shipped a heavy sea, rolled heavily, and then took a list to port, filled and sank within two minutes. She shipped the seas over the port beam and was unable to regain her position. All hands made for portions of wreckage, consisting of deck fittings, &c., and awaited assistance from the Dawn, which was a good distance astern. The doors of the cabin occupied by Mr. Kemp were closed, and difficult to open, and he therefore had no chance of escape. Mr. Laing, the engineer, displayed many acts of bravery in rendering assistance to the despairing castaways, and relieved each in turn.

Captain Henry Bastion was 52 years of age, and had been in the employ of the dredgedredge service for over 20 years. He resided in Pyrmont-street, Pyrmont, and leaves a widow and a married daughter.

Mr. Peter Kemp, sen., was 83 years of age, but was still hearty and an excellent swimmer. He resided at Lower Portland, Hawkesbury River, and was coming to Newcastle to spend the festive season with his sons. He leaves a widow and 11 grown up children. The deceased was well known in aquatic circles, and was the father of Peter Kemp, jum., ex-champion sculler of the world. The Little Nell at the time she foundered was less than two miles off the land.

Inquest
Investigating the death of Henry Bastian
December 17, 1898 (1 day after death)
Address: Clarendon Hotel
Note: Geo. C. Martin was the Coroner.
Note:

Transcript from Brisbane Courier Monday 19 December, 1898

FOUNDERING OF THE LITTLE NELL.

The inquest on the body of Henry Bastian, master of the Government steamer Little Nell, which foundered on Friday off Red Head, was held at Newcastle yesterday. J.A. Lawrence, master of the tug Dawn, deposed that the Little Nell ought not to have been more than a couple of lengths distant from his vessel, but being the faster vessel she steamed away, and he could not keep up with her. W. V. Lang, engineer, said that Captain Bastian steered an erratic course ; he appeared to be far gone in drink, and was very obstinate. Witness asked him to give up the helm several times, but he refused to do so. He was of opinion that the foundering of the Little Nell was due to bad steering on the part of the deceased. A verdict of death from drowning was returned, and Lang was complimented on the bravery he displayed.

Note:

Transcript from The Sydney Morning Herald, Monday 19 December 1898.

THE FOUNDERING OF THE LITTLE NELL.

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THE CORONER'S INQUIRY.

STARTLING DISCLOSURES.

NEWCASTLE, Sunday.

The inquest on the body of Captain Bastion, who with a passenger perished by the foundering of the Government steam tender Little Nell off Redhead on Friday afternoon, was conducted by the city coroner (Mr. G. C. Martin, J.P.) at the Clarendon Hotel yesterday. Senior-sergeant M Vane watched the proceedings on behalf of the police, and Mr. Millard (of Mssrs. Sparks and Millard) represented the Crown. Messrs. H. D. Walsh and Hamilton, of the Harbours and Rivers Department, were also in attendance.

Captain G. A. Lawrence, master of the Government steam tug Dawn, narrated the circumstances connected with the disaster already published in an interview with him in the "Sydney Morning Herald." He identified the body as that of Captain Henry Bastion, lately residing at Pyrmont, who was temporarily in command of the lost vessel. Witness was deputed to escort the Little Nell to Newcastle, but although the two vessels were supposed to remain in each other's company throughout deceased left Sydney Heads about an hour before witness. The Little Nell was the faster vessel of the two, and consequently witness was unable to overtake her. When he first sighted the Little Nell she was off Bird Island, and appeared to be in a dangerous position under the lee of the rocks. Witness managed to steam within half a mile of her, when she resumed her trip, and the distance between the two steamers gradually increased. The intention of the authorities in despatching the Dawn as a convoy was that the steamers should remain close together, but the Little Nell, having a long start and being a more speedy boat, kept well ahead. Witness was powerless, but deceased could by easing his engines have allowed the Dawn to come up to him. Witness saw the disaster, which occurred limit 2½ miles south of Redhead. She suddenly took a heavy list to port, and, righting herself again, within the space of a couple of minutes. At this time the Dawn was about 1½ mile astern, and every effort was made to reach the scene as speedily as possible to render assistance. The weather conditions were not unfavourable, although the sea was a little lumpy, and the steamer should with careful management have reached Newcastle in safety.

To the police: Witness's attention had been attracted by the erratic steering of the Little Nell. At times she appeared to be making for the shore, and then steamed in a variety of directions. The seas were broadside on at the time, and this combined with the facts that the boat was a narrow one and that she was being badly steered would cause her to ship heavy seas, swamping her fore and aft.

Witness spoke to deceased early on the morning of the mishap, when he appeared to be all right.

To the jury: Witness was detained at the Fitzroy Dock, but gave instructions to deceased to wait for him, as he was to take the Little Nell in escort. He had heard that the Little Nell had previously capsized on the Hunter River at Morpeth.

To Mr. Millard : Had the Little Nell been carefully handled she would have reached Newcastle in safety. She was much closer in to the land than the Dawn.

William V. Laing, engineer of the Little Nell, deposed that three-quarter speed was maintained. The conditions were favourable and the bunker coal was properly stowed. When off Bird Island the Dawn blew her whistle, and the Little Nell resumed at full speed. Shortly afterwards the deceased steered an erratic course, and witness remonstrated with him. Deceased was intoxicated and extremely obstinate. Eventually witness wass compelled lo warn him that unless he steered more carefully he would stop the engines and wait for the Dawn to take them in tow. This threat had some effect and the steering improved. The seas, however, commenced to increase, and the Little Nell shipped a quantity of water over the port rail. A succession of heavy seas swamped her on the port side, and being unnable to regain her position she filled and sank. The disaster was attributable to a great extent to the erratic steering of deceased, who took the vessel out of her course close in to tho shore, When the vessel sank the deckhand was at the wheel and the deceased was on the bridge. The orders received by witness were to reverse, followed by " full steam ahead." Efforts were made to lower the boat, but the vessel was on her beam ends. Witness endeavoured to release the passenger, Mr. Peter Kemp, from the cabin, but was unable to open the door. The Little Nell suddenly righted and then disappeared from view. The passenger, Mr. Kemp, went down with the vessel. All the ship's company managed to secure portions of wreckage, upon which they floated until the arrival of the Dawn. Deceased was floating with his face submerged, and witness placed a ladder under him and endeavoured to keep his head up. Witness then described the work of rescue and the efforts to resuscitate deceased. He attributed the disaster to the erratic steering of deceased.

By the police : With the exception of the deceased, no one drank on the trip.

By the jury : The order to reverse the engines when the Little Nell was in a perilous position did not improve her condition.

George Lindon, deckhand on the Little Nell, said that deceased appeared to be under the influence of liquor and was steering an erratic course. He had seen Captain Bastion in a similar condition previously. The bad steering might have been responsible for the mishap.

Samuel McArthur, engineer of the steamer Achilles, gave evidence of identification.

The jury found that the deceased met his death by the foundering of the steamer Little Nell, and commended the engineer, W. V. Laing, for his bravery in assisting his fellow-seamen.

Note:

Transcript from the Sydney Morning Herald of Sat, 2 Dec 1899

REWARD FOR BRAVERY.

During the course of a musical entertainment at the Wickham School of Arts to-night Mr. William Vansittart Laing, late engineer of the Government steamer Little Nell, which founder off Read Head about 12 months ago, was presented with the certificate of the Royal Humane Society of Australasia in recognition of the bravery displayed by him in saving the life of a deck hand named Reeves belonging to the Little Nell. The presentation was made by the Mayor of Wickham, Alderman Gilbert.




Burial December 18, 1898 (2 days after death)
Address: Por: ANGLICAN_1 Sec: 38 Lot: 54 Buried on: 18/12/1898 Lat: -32.871214956 Long: 151.706706217
Cemetery: Sandgate General
Publication: 16063/1898
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Citation details: 9 March 2010
Text:

Hello Stuart,

Many thanks for replying so quickly.

I am that Judith Knox.

Rebecca was 54 when she died.

Rebecca and Henry Bastian did not have any children. Sophie was not Henry Bastian’s daughter, my grandmother did not know this until she was an adult.

Rebecca's daughter Sophie (b.20.2.1870/71 – have not found the Birth Certificate* died 14.8.1954 Vaucluse Sydney) married Francis Letters, born in Alloa Scotland 6.6.1858 and died at Annandale Sydney 27.7.1931.

Sophie and Francis were married on 26.1.1897.

They had 4 sons all born in Gympie, Queensland. Francis Joseph Henry Letters 6.12.1897 - 23.9.1964 Louis Gilbert Letters 15.2.1899 - 24.10.1973 Napoleon (Leon) Ignatius Letters 9.6.1901 – 12.7.1979 Charles Stanislaus Letters 30.1.1905 – 24.1.1952 (died unmarried)

Leon Letters was my father, I am his eldest. I was born Judith Elizabeth Letters on 4.4.1943 in Coonamble NSW and married David Wykeham Knox (b.27.12.1935 in Bowral NSW) on 23.4.1970 in Sydney. We have 5 children and 2 grandchildren – so far. 1 sister and 1 brother.

Henry Bastian has been very difficult to find. I have spent about 30 years trying to find him. The Marriage Certificate had his name as “Henry Paztian” and he was supposed to be from Germany. No parents’ names were given for either Henry or Sophie although he was described as a “Mariner”. Henry’s Death Certificate said that his father was a Mariner, so perhaps there was some truth in the story that he was “born at sea and died at sea” as we had been told. One branch of the family say that he was a member of the “Plymouth Brethren” and was “drummed out of his church for marrying outside the faith”. I don’t know how true that is. I note from his Death Certificate that no Clergy was present. He was 52 when he died – he was the Master of the Steamer “Little Nell” which capsized. His cargo was a tug. I am still looking for his birth. I am trying to find the exact date of Thomas Weller's birth although I understand he was born in 1820.

At the present time I am collating BDM’S and other information for my children, siblings and cousins - it is a bigger job that I thought as I keep on finding more and more stuff.

  • I think I may have found a fictitious Birth Registration for her at Brisbane Waters District at “Blue Gum Flat”. We were told she was born in Melbourne but my brother said that he thinks that he has something somewhere which says that she was born somewhere near that area.

    When I have myself organized I will send your information on our families.

    Best wishes Judith Knox Sydney

BirthDeath Certificate - Bastian - Henry
Publication: 16063/1898
BirthMarriage Certificate - Bastian - Weller
Publication: 1872/000819
MarriageEmails - Christine White
Citation details: 27 March 2007
Text:

Email from Christine White 27 March, 2007.

Edited.

Until I check what's on Ancestry etc, here's some info re Edward Albert Elphick's grandmother - Bathsheba Friend.

FRIEND, Bathsheba B. 1815c; D. 3 August, 1887 Born Hawkhurst, Kent UK, died North Waratah, NSW.

Arrived aboard the 'Eleanor' on 21 August, 1841. Her immigration record noted that she was born in Hawkhurst; her parents were Thomas FRIEND and Phillis WOOLYER & were still alive; she was sponsored by Thomas Gore & Co; was in good health, but had been in quarantine during the voyage; could read and write her 'calling' was cook and her religion was Protestant.

She was accompanied by her 2 sons, Charles 5 years & William 1½ . Her first husband Richard ELPHICK died at sea during the voyage.

Also aboard the 'Eleanor' were Bathsheba's sister Rebecca, born 23 November, 1817, Hawkhurst, Kent and her husband, Henry Francis WOODGATE. Rebecca & Henry married at Hawkhurst. They are believed to have had one child, born approx 1840, Hawkhurst.

Children of Bathsheba Friend & Richard ELPHICK: 1.Charles ELPHICK, b abt 1836 Hawkhurst, UK; d 1903 Newcastle NSW. 2.William ELPHICK, b abt 1840 Hawkhurst, UK

More about William ELPHICK. Little is known about William's early life. It is known that he had a relationship with Mary Ann Gribble. A record of their marriage has not been located. They had 3 children: 1.Charles born about 1862 at Lachlan Diggings, NSW. 2.Richard Thomas (named for his 2 grandfathers) born at Cashmere Station, Qld 1868 and died the same year. 3.Bathsheba Jane (named for her 2 grandmothers) born 1869 at Cashmere Station, Qld.

William was a butcher by trade.

Mary Ann Gribble was born in 1844 at Wilberforce NSW. Her parents were convicts, Thomas Gribble and Jane Irwin.

Charles (eldest son of William Elphick & Mary Ann Gribble) married Sarah McNanley, 1884 in Brisbane. (The Qld BDM record 1884/B009319 records her name as Silby McNanley.) Sarah was born in Manchester UK 1863. Her parents were Felix McNanley and Sarah Watson who may have arrived in Australia via Moreton Bay.

Charles and Sarah eventually moved to Victoria where Charles worked in Melbourne for some time before moving to Gippsland where he worked in a coal mine before settling on a dairy farm outside Foster in South Gippsland where they remained for the rest of their lives. They had a total of 9 children, including Alice Bathsheba Elphick, born 1898.

Bathsheba Jane married James Thomas Rogers in 1889 at Mormanton, Qld. James was a Customs officer. They had one unnamed child in 1892, who died shortly after birth. It is not known if they had any other children.

More about Charles ELPHICK (son of Bathsheba FRIEND & Richard ELPHICK, b abt 1856). Charles died in 1903 aged about 47 years, in Newcastle and it is stated on his birth certificate that it was unknown whether he was married or had children. He was a butcher by trade. (Jan - I have a copy of Charles's death certificate on file - happy to send a copy if you'd like it. cw)

Bathsheba formed a relationship with Thomas Mead WELLER. No record of a marriage has been located.

Children of Thomas Mead WELLER and Bathsheba FRIEND: 1.Sarah L WELLER b 1843, Sydney; d 1843 Sydney. Baptised 22 November, 1843, St Matthews CoE, Windsor. 2.Henry WELLER, b 12 July 1844; Stoke Hill, NSW d 18 December, 1908, Sydney 3.Rebecca WELLER, b 1848; m Captain Henry BASTIANS (BDM Ref V18481174 33A/1848). 4.Thomas WELLER, b 1851, St Matthews Windsor NSW (BDM Ref V18511837 37A/1851)

NB: Another descendant has suggested that Bathsheba & Richard Elphick also had a 3rd son who did not accompany them to Australia. I cannot confirm this & I don't know their sources.

Bye for now, Chris

MarriageP - Marriages Registered in New South Wales
Citation details: 819/1872 PAZTIAN HENRY WELLER REBECCA SYDNEY
MarriageEmails - Judith Knox
Citation details: 9 March 2010
Text:

Hello Stuart,

Many thanks for replying so quickly.

I am that Judith Knox.

Rebecca was 54 when she died.

Rebecca and Henry Bastian did not have any children. Sophie was not Henry Bastian’s daughter, my grandmother did not know this until she was an adult.

Rebecca's daughter Sophie (b.20.2.1870/71 – have not found the Birth Certificate* died 14.8.1954 Vaucluse Sydney) married Francis Letters, born in Alloa Scotland 6.6.1858 and died at Annandale Sydney 27.7.1931.

Sophie and Francis were married on 26.1.1897.

They had 4 sons all born in Gympie, Queensland. Francis Joseph Henry Letters 6.12.1897 - 23.9.1964 Louis Gilbert Letters 15.2.1899 - 24.10.1973 Napoleon (Leon) Ignatius Letters 9.6.1901 – 12.7.1979 Charles Stanislaus Letters 30.1.1905 – 24.1.1952 (died unmarried)

Leon Letters was my father, I am his eldest. I was born Judith Elizabeth Letters on 4.4.1943 in Coonamble NSW and married David Wykeham Knox (b.27.12.1935 in Bowral NSW) on 23.4.1970 in Sydney. We have 5 children and 2 grandchildren – so far. 1 sister and 1 brother.

Henry Bastian has been very difficult to find. I have spent about 30 years trying to find him. The Marriage Certificate had his name as “Henry Paztian” and he was supposed to be from Germany. No parents’ names were given for either Henry or Sophie although he was described as a “Mariner”. Henry’s Death Certificate said that his father was a Mariner, so perhaps there was some truth in the story that he was “born at sea and died at sea” as we had been told. One branch of the family say that he was a member of the “Plymouth Brethren” and was “drummed out of his church for marrying outside the faith”. I don’t know how true that is. I note from his Death Certificate that no Clergy was present. He was 52 when he died – he was the Master of the Steamer “Little Nell” which capsized. His cargo was a tug. I am still looking for his birth. I am trying to find the exact date of Thomas Weller's birth although I understand he was born in 1820.

At the present time I am collating BDM’S and other information for my children, siblings and cousins - it is a bigger job that I thought as I keep on finding more and more stuff.

  • I think I may have found a fictitious Birth Registration for her at Brisbane Waters District at “Blue Gum Flat”. We were told she was born in Melbourne but my brother said that he thinks that he has something somewhere which says that she was born somewhere near that area.

    When I have myself organized I will send your information on our families.

    Best wishes Judith Knox Sydney

MarriageDeath Certificate - Bastian - Henry
Publication: 16063/1898
MarriageDeath Certificate - Bastian - Rebecca
Publication: 1903/001957
MarriageMarriage Certificate - Bastian - Weller
Publication: 1872/000819
OccupationEmails - Christine White
Citation details: 28 March 2007
Text:

Hi Stuart,

This email ended up a lot longer than I planned, but I found I had more info on my work PC than I realised.

Re Bathsheba's death.

They didn't make life easy for those following after. Through the generations there are a number of Bathsheba's. I've listed each (that I know of so far) below.

The first one - wife of Richard Elphick, then Thomas Mead Weller, who was born in Hawkhurst, UK.

The 2nd was the daughter of William Elphick & Mary Ann Gribble (son of Bathsheba & Richard Elphick), who was born in Queensland in 1869. I found a copies of her birth & marriage certificates on my work pc that I've attached. They were sent to me by one of her descendants from Victoria.

The 3rd was the daughter of Thomas Weller jnr. & Eliza Jane Ashby (son of Bathsheba Elphick & Thomas Mead Weller) who was born in Newcastle NSW in 1884 and died 1885. This is the one mentioned in your email.

Re the 'Patzian' listing.

Correct - this is a transcription error. I have located a descendant of Rebecca Weller (daughter of the original Bathsheba & Thomas Mead Weller) named Judith Knox who has generously shared research from her uncle - Frank Letters.

From (faulty) memory Judith's grandmother was Sophie Bastians - daughter of Rebecca Weller & Henry Bastians & she in turn married Napoleon Letters.

Trivia: Henry Bastians was Captain Henry Bastians - a mariner.

OccupationEmails - Judith Knox
Citation details: 9 March 2010
Text:

Hello Stuart,

Many thanks for replying so quickly.

I am that Judith Knox.

Rebecca was 54 when she died.

Rebecca and Henry Bastian did not have any children. Sophie was not Henry Bastian’s daughter, my grandmother did not know this until she was an adult.

Rebecca's daughter Sophie (b.20.2.1870/71 – have not found the Birth Certificate* died 14.8.1954 Vaucluse Sydney) married Francis Letters, born in Alloa Scotland 6.6.1858 and died at Annandale Sydney 27.7.1931.

Sophie and Francis were married on 26.1.1897.

They had 4 sons all born in Gympie, Queensland. Francis Joseph Henry Letters 6.12.1897 - 23.9.1964 Louis Gilbert Letters 15.2.1899 - 24.10.1973 Napoleon (Leon) Ignatius Letters 9.6.1901 – 12.7.1979 Charles Stanislaus Letters 30.1.1905 – 24.1.1952 (died unmarried)

Leon Letters was my father, I am his eldest. I was born Judith Elizabeth Letters on 4.4.1943 in Coonamble NSW and married David Wykeham Knox (b.27.12.1935 in Bowral NSW) on 23.4.1970 in Sydney. We have 5 children and 2 grandchildren – so far. 1 sister and 1 brother.

Henry Bastian has been very difficult to find. I have spent about 30 years trying to find him. The Marriage Certificate had his name as “Henry Paztian” and he was supposed to be from Germany. No parents’ names were given for either Henry or Sophie although he was described as a “Mariner”. Henry’s Death Certificate said that his father was a Mariner, so perhaps there was some truth in the story that he was “born at sea and died at sea” as we had been told. One branch of the family say that he was a member of the “Plymouth Brethren” and was “drummed out of his church for marrying outside the faith”. I don’t know how true that is. I note from his Death Certificate that no Clergy was present. He was 52 when he died – he was the Master of the Steamer “Little Nell” which capsized. His cargo was a tug. I am still looking for his birth. I am trying to find the exact date of Thomas Weller's birth although I understand he was born in 1820.

At the present time I am collating BDM’S and other information for my children, siblings and cousins - it is a bigger job that I thought as I keep on finding more and more stuff.

  • I think I may have found a fictitious Birth Registration for her at Brisbane Waters District at “Blue Gum Flat”. We were told she was born in Melbourne but my brother said that he thinks that he has something somewhere which says that she was born somewhere near that area.

    When I have myself organized I will send your information on our families.

    Best wishes Judith Knox Sydney

OccupationDeath Certificate - Bastian - Henry
Publication: 16063/1898
Number of childrenEmails - Judith Knox
Citation details: 9 March 2010
Text:

Hello Stuart,

Many thanks for replying so quickly.

I am that Judith Knox.

Rebecca was 54 when she died.

Rebecca and Henry Bastian did not have any children. Sophie was not Henry Bastian’s daughter, my grandmother did not know this until she was an adult.

Rebecca's daughter Sophie (b.20.2.1870/71 – have not found the Birth Certificate* died 14.8.1954 Vaucluse Sydney) married Francis Letters, born in Alloa Scotland 6.6.1858 and died at Annandale Sydney 27.7.1931.

Sophie and Francis were married on 26.1.1897.

They had 4 sons all born in Gympie, Queensland. Francis Joseph Henry Letters 6.12.1897 - 23.9.1964 Louis Gilbert Letters 15.2.1899 - 24.10.1973 Napoleon (Leon) Ignatius Letters 9.6.1901 – 12.7.1979 Charles Stanislaus Letters 30.1.1905 – 24.1.1952 (died unmarried)

Leon Letters was my father, I am his eldest. I was born Judith Elizabeth Letters on 4.4.1943 in Coonamble NSW and married David Wykeham Knox (b.27.12.1935 in Bowral NSW) on 23.4.1970 in Sydney. We have 5 children and 2 grandchildren – so far. 1 sister and 1 brother.

Henry Bastian has been very difficult to find. I have spent about 30 years trying to find him. The Marriage Certificate had his name as “Henry Paztian” and he was supposed to be from Germany. No parents’ names were given for either Henry or Sophie although he was described as a “Mariner”. Henry’s Death Certificate said that his father was a Mariner, so perhaps there was some truth in the story that he was “born at sea and died at sea” as we had been told. One branch of the family say that he was a member of the “Plymouth Brethren” and was “drummed out of his church for marrying outside the faith”. I don’t know how true that is. I note from his Death Certificate that no Clergy was present. He was 52 when he died – he was the Master of the Steamer “Little Nell” which capsized. His cargo was a tug. I am still looking for his birth. I am trying to find the exact date of Thomas Weller's birth although I understand he was born in 1820.

At the present time I am collating BDM’S and other information for my children, siblings and cousins - it is a bigger job that I thought as I keep on finding more and more stuff.

  • I think I may have found a fictitious Birth Registration for her at Brisbane Waters District at “Blue Gum Flat”. We were told she was born in Melbourne but my brother said that he thinks that he has something somewhere which says that she was born somewhere near that area.

    When I have myself organized I will send your information on our families.

    Best wishes Judith Knox Sydney

NameMarriage Certificate - Bastian - Weller
Publication: 1872/000819
DeathEmails - Judith Knox
Citation details: 2 March 2010
Text:

The following message has been sent to your PhpGedView user account from Judith Knox

Your Name: Judith Knox Email Address: knoxletters@hotmail.com

Which of Bathsheba's children are you decended from? I am one of Rebecca's great grandchildren. I have just completed a list of Rebecca's decendants. Rebecca died 6.1.1903 in Gympie and her husband Henry Bastian died 16.12.1898.

DeathDeaths Registered in New South Wales
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 16053/1898 BASTIAN HENRY CHRISTOPHER LAURA STOCKTON
DeathDeath Certificate - Bastian - Henry
Publication: 16063/1898
BurialDeath Certificate - Bastian - Henry
Publication: 16063/1898
BurialSandgate Cemetery Trust
NoteEmails - Judith Knox
Citation details: 9 March 2010
Text:

Hello Stuart,

Many thanks for replying so quickly.

I am that Judith Knox.

Rebecca was 54 when she died.

Rebecca and Henry Bastian did not have any children. Sophie was not Henry Bastian’s daughter, my grandmother did not know this until she was an adult.

Rebecca's daughter Sophie (b.20.2.1870/71 – have not found the Birth Certificate* died 14.8.1954 Vaucluse Sydney) married Francis Letters, born in Alloa Scotland 6.6.1858 and died at Annandale Sydney 27.7.1931.

Sophie and Francis were married on 26.1.1897.

They had 4 sons all born in Gympie, Queensland. Francis Joseph Henry Letters 6.12.1897 - 23.9.1964 Louis Gilbert Letters 15.2.1899 - 24.10.1973 Napoleon (Leon) Ignatius Letters 9.6.1901 – 12.7.1979 Charles Stanislaus Letters 30.1.1905 – 24.1.1952 (died unmarried)

Leon Letters was my father, I am his eldest. I was born Judith Elizabeth Letters on 4.4.1943 in Coonamble NSW and married David Wykeham Knox (b.27.12.1935 in Bowral NSW) on 23.4.1970 in Sydney. We have 5 children and 2 grandchildren – so far. 1 sister and 1 brother.

Henry Bastian has been very difficult to find. I have spent about 30 years trying to find him. The Marriage Certificate had his name as “Henry Paztian” and he was supposed to be from Germany. No parents’ names were given for either Henry or Sophie although he was described as a “Mariner”. Henry’s Death Certificate said that his father was a Mariner, so perhaps there was some truth in the story that he was “born at sea and died at sea” as we had been told. One branch of the family say that he was a member of the “Plymouth Brethren” and was “drummed out of his church for marrying outside the faith”. I don’t know how true that is. I note from his Death Certificate that no Clergy was present. He was 52 when he died – he was the Master of the Steamer “Little Nell” which capsized. His cargo was a tug. I am still looking for his birth. I am trying to find the exact date of Thomas Weller's birth although I understand he was born in 1820.

At the present time I am collating BDM’S and other information for my children, siblings and cousins - it is a bigger job that I thought as I keep on finding more and more stuff.

  • I think I may have found a fictitious Birth Registration for her at Brisbane Waters District at “Blue Gum Flat”. We were told she was born in Melbourne but my brother said that he thinks that he has something somewhere which says that she was born somewhere near that area.

    When I have myself organized I will send your information on our families.

    Best wishes Judith Knox Sydney