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Shepherd (nee Bastian), Philippa

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1827
Place of birth Crowan, Cornwall, England
Date of arrival 1839
Principal occupation Wife and mother
Date of departure 1855
Date of death 1918
Place of decease Wayville, South Australia

Philippa Bastian was born in 1827 at Crowan in Cornwall, England. Religion – Wesleyan Methodist (Uniting Church). She was the second daughter of Sampson Bastian senior (1791-1846) and Philippa (nee Holman) (1797-1872). Aged 12 years, she arrived with her parents on board Java from London on 13 Oct 1839. She grew up as a teenager in Willunga during the 1840s.

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 Parasite.

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.

The family lived at Willunga (1845-1855), Yankalilla (1855-1865) and Blyth (1865-1890) before retiring 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
  • SA Census 1841
  • Family Histories. C. Manuscript folder held by the National Trust (Willunga Branch). Blue folder 40-2
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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