Bozo Stipen Kostanić (c.1896 - 1943)

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Birthplace: Drvenik, Makarska-Split, Croatia
Death: Died in Perth, WA, Australia
Managed by: Gaye Strand(Kavalinovich)
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About Bozo Stipen Kostanić

Stipe used the name COSTAN when he went to Perth - unsure if it was changed legally by deed poll, but certainly his two children there were raised as Costan.

Here's interesting Personal Advt 23 February 1945: Wonder if anyone made contact and looked at these 'papers' ...

The Daily News Perth 20th May 1943 GAS 'KILLS TAXIMAN Overcome by fumes from the gas-producer of . his motor car, Subiaco taxi driver Stephen Kostanich, also known as Stephen Cos tan, died at his home in Subiaco early today. He was found slumped over the steering wheel of the car. The garage door, the left hand door of the car and its right window were open. The 'blower' of the gas-producer — a device used in starting up the gas producer — was still running when the unconscious driver was found in his car about 9.30 a.m. Kostanich had gone to the garage at his home at 7 a.m. to start up the car for the' day's work. He was apparently gassed with carbon monoxide. Well-known in Subiaco for many years, Kostanich' was a big man, weighed 17 stone. He was married.

The Daily News Perth 11th June 1943 Killed By Producer Gas Forty-flve-year-pld taxi-driver Stephen Kostanich was found gassed in his garage at 190 Subiaco. Road, Subiaco, about 9 a.m. on May 20 by taxi-driver Leslie Harrington, of 208 Heytesbury Road, Subiaco. , Harrington switched off the gas producer blower which was still running. The garage doors were open, and Kostanich was lying half-way out of his car. These facts were stated today at an inquest into Kostanich's death. The carbon monoxide gas which caused the man's death was heavy, had no smell, no taste and was invisible, said two doctors. The smell noticed from gas producers was probably sulphur, and not the gas, it was said. Acting-Coroner W. Schofield, J.P., found that Kostanich died through being asphyxiated by exhaust gases from the blower of the gas-producer of his car.

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Steve Kostanich's Timeline

December 23, 1896
Makarska-Split, Croatia

Revised birthdate per Register of Aliens 1917 showing his age 19 years
(with other fishermen from Drvenik at Stewart Street Helensville Auckland)

September 30, 1916
Age 19
Helensville, New Zealand
January 4, 1918
Age 21
Auckland, New Zealand
Age 22
Auckland, Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
December 4, 1920
Age 23
May 20, 1943
Age 46
Perth, WA, Australia

The West Australian Newspaper : Death Notices 21 May 1943
KOSTANICH (Costan).-On May 20. 1943. at 190 Sublaco-road. Sublaco. sud denly, Stephen, dearly beloved husband of Thea Costan and fond father of Stephen and Lorraine; aged 45 years. Rest in peace.
KOSTANICH.-In memory of my esteemed Pal and Workmate. Stephen. who passed away May 20. Inserted by Jack O'Sullivan and family. Will always be remembered by us all.
KOSTANICH.-On May 20, at Seblaco, accidentally. Stephen (Costan), dearly beloved cousin of Tony and Anka. Bob and little John. Inserted by Mr and Mrs A. Kostanich.
KOSTANICH.-On May 20, at Subaeo. accidentally, Stephen (Costan). dearly beloved cousin of Mr and Mrs A. Gabrich and Mr and Mrs Tomas (Middle Swan). KOSTANICH.--n memory of our friend. Stephen. who passed away May 20. 1943. Inserted by Lea and Edna. A good friend sadly missed.