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Shepherd, John

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1823
Place of birth Appleton-Le Moors, Yorkshire, England
Date of arrival 1843
Principal occupation Farmer and businessman
Date of departure 1865
Date of death 1915
Place of decease Wayville, South Australia

John Shepherd was born at Appleton-Le Moors, Yorkshire, England on 23 Nov 1823. He was the oldest son of Robert Shepherd (1795-1867) and Ann (nee Shepherd) (1801-1858). Aged 20 years, he arrived with his family aboard Francis Spaight from London on 23 Nov 1843. The vessel belonged to the firm of Shepherd and Lidgett, of which his uncle was senior partner.

John Shepherd, aged 25 years, (1823-1915) married Philippa Bastian, aged 21 years, on 18 March 1848. They had nine children (seven sons and two daughters):

Robert Bastian (1848-1919)

John (1850-1941) b. at Willunga, m. Mary Jane Nottle in 1874 at Blyth Plains

Thomas (1852-1932) Willunga, m. Isabel Laura Catt in 1881 at Parkside

Joseph (1854-1946) b. at Adelaide, m. Emily Martha Pettinger at Thorncliff Villa, East Adelaide

Stephen George (1856-1920) b. at Yankalilla, m. Evaleen Hanns in 1892 at Adelaide

William Henry (1858-1927) b. at Yankalilla,

Alfred Edward (1860-1933) b. at Adelaide, m. Georgiana Middleton in 1885 at Prospect

Ann Hannah Elizabeth (1862-1955) b. at Mypolonga, m. John Gibson Miller at Blyth Plains in 1887

Philippa Jane Mary (1864-1947) b. at Yankalilla, m. Thomas Edward Fisher at Chalmers Church in Adelaide in 1919

They lived at Willunga for about ten years from 1845 and John twice went overland to the Forest Creek gold diggings in Victoria, after which he purchased a farm at Yankalilla, where he remained 10 years (1855-1865). In 1865 he removed to Blyth, where he lived for 25 years. He took an active part in district council work in both the districts mentioned, being chairman of both councils. He also used his influence to secure the railway to Blyth and gave his hearty support to every movement for the benefit of the neighbourhood.

John also took an active part in church matters and was one of the first settlers to establish a Presbyterian church at Blyth, which eventually was built by subscription. He was chosen as trustee and a member of the board of management and was the first secretary and treasurer, holding those offices until 1890, when he retired and departed from the district to live at Wayville.

John Shepherd, aged 92 years, died on 9 Nov 1915 at Wayville and his widow, Philippa (nee Bastian), aged 91 years, died on 16 April 1918 also at Wayville.


  • Passengers in History Database – South Australian Maritime Museum
  • South Australian Births – Index of Registrations 1842-1906
  • South Australian Marriages – Index of Registrations 1842-1937
  • South Australian Deaths – Index of Registrations 1842-1972
  • Family Histories. C. Manuscript folder held by the National Trust (Willunga Branch). Blue folder 40-17
  • The Advertiser 11 Nov 1915:9
John and Phillipa Shepherd, Willunga National Trust, folder 40-17-19
John and Phillipa Shepherd, Willunga National Trust, folder 40-17-19

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