Mr & Mrs Richard Austin Bastow

R.A.Bastow was born on 14 May 1839 in Edinburgh Scotland, was christened on 21 Jun 1839 in Edinburgh, Edinburgh Parish, Midlothian and died on 14 May 1920 in Melbourne Victoria.

The son of a scholarly parson James Austin Bastow and Dorothy Smith, Richard Austin Bastow was born in Edinburgh May 14, 1839 and died in Melbourne on May 14, 1920 Educated at the Royal Free Grammar School, Newcastle. He eloped to America with Catherine Broadbent in 1862, Austin Bastow his son, was born in Cleveland Ohio in 1867. Richard and Catherine returned to the UK because of Mrs Broadbent's delicate health, after her death Richard and Catherine decided to settle in Australia, and in 1884 he became City Surveyor in Hobart Town, Tasmania

In Tasmania he developed his love for seaweeds and mosses, becoming a collector and recorder. In 1886 he published "Mosses of Tasmania" in Hobart.followed by further works in 1887 and 1888

He left the colony for Victoria in 1888 arriving aboard the 'Mangana' on March 13, In Victoria he continued with his field work and enthusiastic presentation of papers at the Field Naturalists Club and Royal Society of Victoria. He was a Fellow of the Linnaen Society of London between 1885 and 1889.

In Victoria he initially worked privately but later became an employee of the Public Works Department until his retirement. His work in Victoria included the original Fish Market in Melbourne.

He had 5 children, 2 dying young, the other three were a son, Austin and 2 daughters, Dorothea Kate and Daisy Winifred. In 1920,after his death his son Austin donated to the National Museum, Melbourne his collection of more than 10,000 molluscs.

Richard and Catherine were buried in the Booroondara General Cemetery, Methodist Section D389."Sacred to the memory of Catherine. The beloved wife of Richard Austin Bastow. Born 21st. Nov 1843. Passed away 9th. July 1911. 'Mama' ----- Also her beloved husband Richard Austin Bastow. Born 14th May 1839. Died 14th. May 1920."

The 'Australasian Bryological Newsletter', Number 40, June 1999. in a review written by Helen Jolley provides a list of publications and references of R.A.B.