Featured Destination

April 2019: Hereford

April can be a tricky month for weather in Britain: surprisingly sunny days interspersed with spring showers. So a destination where the best of the ...More
More Uk destinations

Henry Bastian
- Favourite Briton.

Born in Truro, Cornwall
Born on 26th of April 1837
Died on 17th of November 1915

Born 1837. Died 1915 - English biologist.

An English physiologist and neurologist, he graduated from London University in 1861, and became a Fellow of Royal Society in 1868. He was an advocate of the doctrine of abiogenesis, and his works include The Beginnings of Life (1872) and The Brain as an Organ of Mind (1880).

Yes I do have a contribution to your website.

My name is Ronald Bastian, my Great Great Grandfather was Henry Bastian.
He claimed he was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1824 and migrated to Australia in 1842. He also claimed to have arrived in Australia on a ship named the "Cornubia".

After extensive research through New South Wales Archives and other documentation we can find no proof of his country of origin. Some suspect it may have been Cornwall UK.
There are a number of men by the same name which also helped to cover his background. Of course we would be very grateful if anyone can find proof to link him in to any family no matter where it is. - Any contributions may be emailed to me: Many thanks,

Links: An overview of his life in Sydney Australia in brief

More famous Britons here

Contributors: Do you have a site related to Henry Bastian?
Supply some content for this page and we will gladly add a link to your site. Email here.

4250 views since 13th February 2007

Brit Quote:
It is not an arrogant government that chooses priorities, it's an irresponsible government that fails to choose - Tony Blair
More Quotes

On this day:
Siege of Derry Begins - 1689, Opening of the Natural History Museum - 1881, Republic of Ireland established - 1949
More dates from British history

click here to view all the British counties

County Pages