Join Here

Join up to edit this article or to create one yourself. It takes just a moment and it's free

How to use this wiki site

Learn more about how this wiki works here.

Produced by

National Trust Willunga branch.

Supported by


National Trust of South Australia


Shepherd, Robert

From Willunga
Jump to: navigation, search
Fast Facts
Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1795
Place of birth Appleton-Le-Moors, Yorkshire, England
Date of arrival 1843
Principal occupation Farmer
Date of death 1867
Place of decease Aldinga

Robert Shepherd was born in Appleton-Le-Moors, Yorkshire, England on 13 Feb 1795. He was the son of Robert Shepherd and Rachel (nee Thorp). Religion – Church of England.

Robert married Ann Shepherd (1801-1858) on 2 Feb 1823 at Lastingham, Yorkshire. Robert (48) arrived with his wife Ann (42) and eleven surviving children (Rachel, Ann, Elizabeth, Hannah, Mary, Robert, Joseph, John, George, Samuel and Thomas) in steerage aboard Francis Spaight from London on 23 Nov 1843.

Robert and Ann Shepherd eventually had fifteen children (9 sons and 6 daughters), 4 of whom died in infancy:

John (1823-1915) m. Philippa Bastian (daughter of Sampson Bastian senior) on 18 March 1848.

Robert (1825-1825) died as an infant.

Rachel (1826-1913) m. Edward Henry Best on 30 Nov 1853 at Trinity Church, Adelaide.

Ann Susannah (1827-1893) m. John Hyde on 10 March 1855.

Robert (1829-1871 ) m. Emily Hyde on 21 Jan 1851 at Trinity Church, Adelaide.

Joseph (1830-1830) died as an infant.

Elizabeth (1832-1905)

Hannah (1834-1910) m. Richard John Shepherd on 23 May 1857 at Trinity Church, Adelaide.

Mary Jane (1835-1920) m. Isiah Hill (1830-1899) on 8 May 1869 in West Melbourne.

Joseph (1836-1836) died as an infant.

George Stephen (1837-1911) m. Emma Mills on 21 Oct 1863 at Christ Church, North Adelaide.

Louisa (1838-1840) died as an infant.

Emmanuel (1842-1932) m. (1st) Susan Bennetts in 1872 (2nd) Maria Sinclair Buttrose in 1898.

Thomas (1843-1908)

Hyett (1845-1936) m. Elizabeth Mary Wittaker Dennis on 18 May 1870.

Robert Shepherd held an occupation license in September 1845 and his last son Hyett was born at Hawthorn Farm, Aldinga, on 15 Sept 1845. In Sept 1845, he purchased section 220(80 acres) for £89 10 shillings. Hawthorne Farm is located on section 220.

In April 1846 Robert Shepherd purchased section 210 for £89 ten shillings, in 1847 section 200 and in 1849 he purchased section 199 (country lot of 77 acres) for £77 1 shilling. In 1851, he purchased section 323 (78 acres) for £81. All land is located in District C. By 1856 Robert Shepherd also owned land near Yankalilla and later, at Myponga, but he appears to have remained living at Hawthorne Farm until his death in 1867.

Robert died on 29 Jan 1867 at Aldinga. His wife Ann had died on 25 Dec 1858. They are both buried in St. Stephen’s Anglican Cemetery, Willunga.


  • 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
  • Ratepayer List Willunga & Aldinga Councils 1850-1888
  • South Australian Register 1 Dec 1853:3
  • Adelaide Observer 2 Oct 1852:8
  • Adelaide Observer 8 July 1854:1
  • South Australian Register 1 June 1857:2
  • South Australian Weekly Chronicle 24 Oct 1863:1
  • South Australian Register 20 March 1869:2

Memories of Shepherd, Robert

Do you remember Shepherd, Robert ? Then Join up and add your memory here.

Print Print    Subscribe by RSS Subscribe by RSS

Bookmark and Share