Shepherd, John

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Principal occupation=Farmer and businessman

John Shepherd was born at Appleton-Le-Moors, Yorkshire, England on 23 November 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 November 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, daughter of Sampson Bastian Senior, aged 21 years, on 18 March 1848 at St John Church, Adelaide. They had nine children (seven sons and two daughters):

  • Robert Bastian (1848-1919) born at Willunga; married 9 November 1871 to Julia Agnes Fanny Skinner at Christ Church, Yankalilla, South Australia; he died at Prospect and was buried at North Road Cemetery,
  • John (1850-1941) born at Willunga, married Mary Jane Nottle on 11 March 1874 at the Presbyterian Church, Blyth Plains. He died at Goodwood, South Australia.
  • Thomas (1852-1932) born at Willunga, married Isabel Laura Catt on 20 March 1881 at Parkside. He died at Maylands, South Australia.
  • Joseph (1854-1946) birth registered Adelaide district, married Emily Martha Pettinger on 1 January 1887 at Thorncliff Villa, East Adelaide. [Her father was Richard Palmer Pettinger, Police Inspector who was murdered in 1862 at Government House, Adelaide.] Joseph died in Perth, Western Australia
  • Stephen George (1856-1920) b. at Yankalilla, married Evaleen Maud Grace Charlotte Hanns on 20 April 1892 at the Baptist Church, Adelaide. He died near Blyth, South Australia
  • William Henry (1858-1927) birth registered Adelaide district; married Mary Anne Kerr on 14 July 1880 at Chalmers Manse, Adelaide. He died at Gawler, South Australia
  • Alfred Edward (1860-1933) born at Yankalilla; married Georgiana Martha Maud Middleton on 8 June 1885 at Prospect; he died at Prospect, South Australia
  • Ann Hannah Eliza (1862-1955) born at Myponga; married John Gibson Miller at Blyth Plains on 6 October 1887. She died at Wayville, South Australia
  • Philippa Jane Mary (1864-1947) born at Yankalilla; married Thomas Edward Fisher at Chalmers Church in Adelaide on 6 August 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. He was buried at North Road Cemetery.


Passengers in History Database – South Australian Maritime Museum,

Genealogy SA,

Family Histories. C. Manuscript folder held by the National Trust (Willunga Branch). Blue folder 40-17,

“SHOCKING OCCURRENCE—DEATH OF INSPECTOR PETITINGER.” South Australian Register, 5 February 1862: 3. <>.

1915 ‘THE LATE MR. JOHN SHEPHERD.’, The Advertiser, 11 November, p. 9. ,

1918 ‘CONCERNING PEOPLE.’, The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 – 1929), 26 April, p. 6. , viewed 24 Jun 2024, [Mrs Shepherd]

FlickrID=49969646092 – John and Phillipa Shepherd, Willunga National Trust, folder 40-17-19

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