Edward and Fanny Shepherd's Children

III: William and Robert Shepherd

(1 March 2012)

5. William Shepherd (1845-1932)

william shepherdAround the time his parents moved to York Plains William (pictured on the left towards the end of his life) struck out on his own. In an interview published in the St Arnaud Mercury some 68 years later, he described how he initially returned to Rich Avon station to work. 'From Guthries he went to Martin Shanahan's Marnoo station and during three years he saw much of station life. He then moved on to Tottington station, the property of John and William Rostron...[then] to Wilson Bros' Avon Plains station...[then to] West Banyenong, then owned by McCreedy...[and then] to Cope Cope where he entered the employ of Dr Williamson'. This was before the advent of the railways and so 'all goods had to come and go by bullock team. Loads of wool, comprising 60 bales and drawn by 20 bullocks, were to be seen. Usually two teamsters travelled together, and if they got bogged, as frequently happened, they "double banked" their teams to get out, the bullocky's vocabulary being notable for its fluency and brilliancy...On one occasion [at Cope Cope] Mr Shepherd made a trip with a mob of 1000 wild Queensland-bred bullocks to Warrnambool...where they were sold for 5 per head'.

The newspaper account continued that 'Mr Shepherd later took up the exciting work of horse breaking on different stations and we eventually find him at Decameron station near Glenlogie'. At the nearby town of Peters William met his future wife Jessie Scott Stewart while looking for a horse he had lost. She was then in the employ of Mr L. McLean, father of Mr Lochie McLean of Ardgowan at Carapooee. They were married at Christ Church in St Arnaud on 26 April 1872. The couple's wedding certificate stated that Jessie was born at Monifieth (outside Dundee) in Scotland, the daughter of Robert Stewart, a farmer at Peters, and 'Isabella Tosh' [actually McIntosh]. She was only 17 years of age at the time of her marriage and was living at the home of her parents. William was 28 years old and farming land at Bald Hills near St Arnaud. The marriage was enacted according to the rites of the United Church and was witnessed by William's younger brother, Robert Shepherd, and his nephew James Henry Medlyn (the husband of Mary Lee).

berrimal west state schoolAfter their marriage the couple travelled by dray to Gooroc to join William's parents. 'On the way the horse got bogged up to its belly, and refuge had to be sought at a wayside house - Parry's - for the night, as rain was falling and they had no shelter'. For the first three months at Gooroc they 'lived in a tent and thought themselves very comfortable; later in a slab hut with iron roof and earthen floor. They lived there for seven years and later sold out to John Eckersley for 2/10/- per acre...Mr Shepherd then went to Coonooer East and conducted farming operations there for 34 years'.

William and Jessie eventually retired to St Arnaud living initially on the Charlton Road. They later moved to Inglewood Road where, according to the East Charlton Tribune, in 1918, Mr and Mrs W. Shepherd, formerly of Conooer Bridge, 'received word that their son Pte R. J. Shepherd, who received 23 wounds from the explosion of a shell, is making good recovery in a London Hospital'. On 19 February 1919 they were informed by the Base Records Office in Melbourne that their son had been awarded the military medal for conspicuous bravery in the field.

William Shepherd died at St Arnaud in March 1932 and was buried with his wife Jessie who had died of a heart attack the previous year. Following her death the Donald Times published the following obituary on 29 May 1931:

Very much regret was expressed in St Arnaud when it became know that Mrs Jessie Scott Shepherd, wife of Mr William Shepherd, passed away suddenly at her residence, Inglewood Road, St. Arnaud, on Sunday evening. The deceased lady, who was aged 76 years, was in her usual health and spirits when she retired, and died from heart failure later in the night. The late Mrs Shepherd, who was a daughter of the late Mr and Mrs Stewart, was born in Dundee, and was brought by her parents to Australia when two years of age. Shortly after her arrival in Victoria her parents went to Avon Plains, and Mr Stewart was employed on the Rich Avon Estate for many years. She was married to Mr William Shepherd of Rich Avon at St Arnaud, and shortly after they took up land in the Coonooer district, where they remained for upwards of 35 years, following farming pursuits. About 13 years ago, Mr and Mrs Shepherd went to reside at Inglewood Road. She was of a very kind and generous nature, and a large circle of friends heard of her death with much regret. She leaves a grown-up family of William John (Dumosa), Mrs A. Baird (Glenloth), Mrs A. Randall (Swan Hill), Edward Robert (Oregan, USA), George Stewart (St. Arnaud), Mrs W. Whelan (Coonooer Bridge), Mrs Phenixi (Myrniong) and Mrs W. Russell (Woomelang).

william and jessie shepherd nee stewart

Sent to us by Robert White, this photo is of William and Jessie Shepherd nee Stewart.
It had been sent to their daughter Jessie Maria Baird nee Shepherd and has inscribed on the back:
'For Jessie and Adam with fondest love from Father and Mother'.

Their obituaries and burial records indicate that William and Jessie had thirteen children: William John, Rose Amelia, Jessie Scott, Ethel, Louisa, Edward Robert, Roland Hill, George Stewart, James Andrew, Elizabeth Allen, Isobel Victoria, Mary ('Molly'), and Nell Shepherd. At least five of these are pictured in the photo shown above on the right. This was taken in around 1895 and is of James Kimbin's primary class at State School 2878 Berrimal West (see the image source notes below for the childrens' identities).

We know that Louisa Shepherd (1878-1919) married her cousin Thomas Chaff Shepherd (see Part One) and that James Andrew Shepherd died in St Arnaud in 1901 when he was only eighteen years old. Robert White thinks that Edward Robert Shepherd married Jean Brown either before or after he went to live in Canada. Robert further suspects that Edward may have served in the British armed forces during the First World War although he has not yet been able to confirm it. Elizabeth Allen Shepherd (1886-1977) married William Whelan and farmed for a time at Coonooer Bridge before moving to St Arnaud where she died in 1977. Isobel Victoria Shepherd (1890-1974) married Thomas Edwin Phenix and farmed land at Myriong near Bacchus Marsh. We think that Mary ('Molly') Shepherd married William Russell, and Nell Shepherd married Robert Saw but have as yet discovered no other details about them. We have managed to trace the lives and families of the remainder of William and Jessie's children in a little more detail as follows:

1. William John Shepherd (1874-1955).

william and martha shepherd and familyBorn at St Arnaud in 1874, William married Martha Ruth Whelan (1874-1949), the daughter of Daniel James Whelan and Catherine McKeown, at Ballarat in 1899 (the old couple's wedding photo is shown below). The Australian electoral rolls showed that William worked as a farmer first at Cooroopajerrup and then, with his eldest son William John Shepherd jnr, at Dumosa. Sometime between 1937 and 1942 William and Martha and their family moved to Swan Hill where William worked as a labourer and the family lived at 'Raheen' on Kimberley Ave. After the Second World War they moved to the Melbourne suburb of Williamstown where William and his son Basil Stewart Shepherd both worked as house painters.

The photo on the left, sent to us by one of their descendants Veronica Gunn, is of William John and Martha Shepherd and their family on the day of the marriage of Kathleen Mary Shepherd to Thomas Allen. Martha and William John are seated in the front. Behind them are their children, from left to right: Basil Stewart Shepherd, Kathleen Mary Allen nee Shepherd, Veronica Rose Constable nee Shepherd and William John Shepherd jnr.

As shown in the photo, William and Martha Shepherd had four children:

1) William John Shepherd jnr (1902-76) who was born at St Arnaud and married Grace Evelyn Woodbine (1904-76), the daughter of Walter Cornelius Woodbine (1876-1949) and Grace Sarah Hosking (1885-1965), at Surrey Hills in Melbourne in 1927. Grace was born at Ninyeunook in Victoria in 1904. The 'Woodfine family Tree' on Ancestry.com and other sources indicate that she and William had two children before they were separated in the late 1940s: 1) Mervyn Shepherd; and 2) Veronica May Shepherd (1928-89) who we think married Edwin Brown (1825-82) although that has still to be confirmed. Both Grace and William John jnr re-married and both died in 1976, he in the Melbourne suburb of Coburg and she at Sale in eastern Victoria.

2) Veronica Rose Shepherd (1904-76) who married Thomas Frederick Constable (1897-1971), the son of Thomas Frederick Constable snr (1871-1916) and Mary Woodhatch (1873-1915), at Charlton in Victoria in 1925. The Australian electoral rolls show that they farmed land at Wycheproof and lived at different times at both Charlton and Wycheproof where both Veronica and Thomas died and are buried. The 'Gunn Family Tree' on Ancestry.com tells us that they had two children: Thomas William Constable (1929-1993) and another still living.

3) Basil Stewart Shepherd (1910-85) was born at Wycheproof and married Nora ('Norrie') Mary Allen (1921-97), the daughter of Robert Joseph Allen (1882-1942) and Norah Bridget Regan (1887-1935) - the couple are pictured below at the time of their wedding. The electoral rolls show that they lived initially at Dumosa before moving to Williamstown where Basil worked as a house painter. They had two children, both still living. According to the 'Gunn Family Tree' on Ancestry.com, Basil died in the Melbourne suburb of Sunshine in 1985. Norrie died at nearby Altona in 1997.

4) Kathleen Mary Shepherd, was born at St Arnaud but spent her school days at Dumosa (see the photo below). According to Robert Shepherd's 'Shepherd Family Tree' on Ancestry.com, she married Thomas Richard Allen (1915-1983), the son of Thomas and Ann Allen, in 1935. She and Thomas had six children: three still living plus: 1) Lewis William Allen (1935-83) who married a living Bullock; 2) Dawne Allen (1937-2005) who married Desmond Hand and aliving Nagle; and 3) Jim Allen (1940-2009) who married Carol Anne Keenan (1941-2009) and had two children both still living.

wm john shepherd wedding basil shepherd wedding

From Robert Shepherd's 'Shepherd family Tree on Ancestry.com, these two photos are of the weddings of,
on the left, William John Shepherd and Martha Ruth Whelan at Ballarat in 1899, and
their son Basil Stewart Shepherd to Nora Mary Allen.

dumosa primary school 1922

From the the Wycheproof Historical Society collection, this photo was taken in 1922.
It is of Alice Martin's primary school class at Dumosa. Veronica Gunn tells us that
Kathleen Mary Shepherd is second from the right in the front row. The shortest
and tallest boys in the rear row are Eric and Ray Long (see below).

andrew shepherdRobert White tells us he thinks William and Martha had two other children: Andrew Shepherd and Daniel Whelan Shepherd although he was uncertain whether they were their natural children, had been adopted or were the illegitimate offspring of one or the other parent. Veronica Gunn has confirmed that Andrew was the son of William's younger sister Rose Amelia Pyers nee Shepherd who died in Yawong in 1900, aged 25 years (see below). His military record in the Australian Archives shows that Andrew enlisted in the First AIF at Bendigo on 8 February 1916. His attestation papers state that he was born at or near St Arnaud in 1898, was then single and working as a labourer, and gave his NOK as his father, 'W. J. Shepherd of Dumosa via Wycheproof'. He was assigned to B Coy of the 38th Battalion and embarked from Melbourne on the HMAT RUNIC on 20 June 1916. After spending some time in hospital in England he rejoined his battalion in France in December 1916, was promoted to L/Cpl on 10 June 1917 and was wounded in action (a GSW to the right arm) and again hospitalised in England (in October 1917).

During his convalescence he sent his cousin Agnes (Baird) a postcard on 8 February 1918 with the photo shown on the left on one side and the following message on the other: 'Dear Agnes, just a card in answer to your welcome letter Hoping to find you all well as this leaves me at present I am in a convalescent camp in England I have just come off fourteen days leave I spent it in Wales at some very nice peoples place and had a joyous time I remain your cousin A Shepherd'. The family is not sure whether the photo is of Andrew or someone else who, presumably, was known to Agnes.

After spending time convalescing at Harefield, Hardcott and Weymouth, Andrew was returned to Australia on 17 May 1918 and invalided out of the AIF at Melbourne on 14 September 1918. Robert White tells us that he returned to Dumosa after the war, 'was a staunch Narraport supporter...and lived and worked at Dumusa station' (as a wheat buyer). 'He moved away around WWII and returned for a visit a few times after that'. This is confirmed by the Australian electoral rolls which showed him registered as living at Dumosa at the time of the 1919, 1924, 1931, 1936/7 and 1942 elections. He was not there in 1949 or 1954 so may have followed his father and siblings to Melbourne (the 1949 and 1954 electoral rolls show an Andrew Shepherd living respectively at the Melbourne suburb of St Kilda and Bentleigh).

Robert thinks he married and had a daughter. In support of this he cites an article published in the Melbourne Truth on 23 November 1935 which states that Andrew, described as an 'elderly wheat buyer's agent of Dumosa', was being sued in the St Kilda Court by a 22 year-old Mary Ellen Shepherd for maintenance and custody of their eight-month old child. The newspaper article reported that Mary Ellen claimed Andrew 'took her to a boarding house at Charlton a few days after the[ir] wedding, saying it would be for a month, and never came near her again nor replied to her letters. The only time she saw him', the article continued, 'was when he took her to a Shepparton solicitor to sign a separation agreement'. Perhaps not surprising for the particular newspaper concerned, the article provided no indication of the outcome of the hearing. Thus we can only speculate on whether Andrew was really married or not, and on his and his child's subsequent whereabouts. We do know that he probably died in Western Australia. Ancestry's Australian Deaths Index shows that an Andrew Scot Shepherd, aged 75 years and the son of John and Martha Shepherd, died in Perth in 1973 (registration number 1309/73).

junelongwycheproofRhonda Sutton has recently cast light on what may have happened to Andrew and Mary's daughter. While she acknowledges that some of the basic facts are still to be confirmed, she is confident nonetheless of the story's overall veracity. She has provided us with a copy of Andrew's wedding certificate which shows that he married Mary Collins at Charlton in Victoria on 1 September 1934. Mary was a 22 year-old domestic servant who was born at Carlton in Melbourne but was living at Dumosa at the time. Her parents were said to be John and Mary Elizabeth Collins. Andrew was 36 and working at Dumosa as an 'agent'. His parents were said to be William John Shepherd, a farmer, and Martha Whelan. The marriage was witnessed by a Henry(?) Turnbull and a K. H. Hansford.

Rhonda further believes, but cannot as yet provide corroborating evidence, that their daughter was named Shirley June Shepherd and was adopted by Rhonda's paternal grandmother, Maud Eliza Long. As she explains: 'Maud Eliza Long was my father's mother. She and her husband, Frederick Albert Long, lived at Dumosa where he worked as the Station Master. They had three sons, Raymond, Eric (my father) and Leslie (see the photo below). After Frederick's untimely death in 1923, Maud stayed at Dumosa and continued as Caretaker. She was posted to Cosgrove in around 1931 and [while there] took in Andrew's wife, Mary Collins, as a boarder'. Rhonda continues that Maud lived at Cosgrove until at least the mid-1930s when she moved to St Kilda to live with her sister. She later spent some time at Wycheproof before returning to St Kilda in the late-1940s. Sometime in this period Maud adopted Shirley June Shepherd who had contracted a disease at a very young age which left her blind. June, as she was known, also suffered from epilepsy and became increasingly difficult for Maud to care for. She was eventually admitted to the Kew Mental Home where she died from the effects of epilepsy and hypostatic pneumonia on 22 April 1958. She was then 23 years old. Rhonda adds that 'my father died in 1951 and was cremated at the Springvale Crematorium. When his mother Maud died in 1955, her ashes were buried under the same rose bush as my father, and when June died in 1958, her ashes were buried there as well'.

long family june long & judith lamiro

Sent to us by Rhonda Sutton, the photo on the left is of the Long Family at Dumosa. Rear row (L/R):
Ray and Frederick Long. Front row: Leslie, Maud Eliza and Eric Long.
The one on the right shows June and her friend Judith Lamiro at Wycheproof.

2. Rose Amelia Shepherd (1875-1900)

Born at St Arnaud in 1875, Rose married George Pyers (1855-1931) in 1897. We think George was born at Buninyong in Victoria in 1855 and that his parents were Samuel Pyers and Mary Cooke. Ancestry's Australian bdms index shows that George and Rose had three children before Rose's untimely death at Yawong in 1900: Andrew Scott, George and Rose Pyers jnr (1900-01). As described above, we think that Andrew may have gone to live with his uncle William John Shepherd after his mother's death and that he may have married although this has still to be confirmed. According to the 'Descendants of McSwain/Archman' on Ancestry.com, George Pyers jnr married Janet Pritchard (1899-1986), the daughter of John Edward Ronalds Pritchard (1870-1951) and Elizabeth Clark (1874-1940), at St Arnaud in 1926 and had five children including William Bert Pyers (1933-2004). The boys' sister, Rose, died as a small child.

The Australian electoral rolls for the Wimmera district indicate that George Pyers snr may have re-married (probably to an Alice Harding in 1912 although this has still to be confirmed). They also show that he may have gone to live with his parents in Mildura immediately after his wife's death but returned to farming at Yawong from around 1924 until his death at Charlton in 1931. Other Pyers registered at Yawong and Charlton around this time were: George jnr, Alice, Andrew, Leslie, Ernest and Robert Henry Pyers.

3. Jessie Scott (Maria) Shepherd (1876-1954)

baird family at glenlothBorn at St Arnaud in 1876, Jessie married Adam Baird, the son of George Baird and Margaret Johnston, in 1901 probably at St Arnaud although this has still to be confirmed. She and Adam had six children: Margaret, Agnes, Jessie, William, George and Harold Baird. The Australian electoral rolls show that the couple farmed land at Glenloth near Wycheproof in Victoria until at least 1942. Around this time they moved to Charlton where Adam died in 1944. The 1954 electoral roll showed Jessie and a Leslie Baird living at 20 Watson St Charlton. Her son Harold, who was working as a storeman, and his wife Elizabeth were living at 137 High St in Charlton.

The family group portrait shown on the left is from the Wycheproof Historical Society's database and is said to be of the 'Glenloth Baird Family and Friends'. Robert White has confirmed this and identified those pictured as follows. Standing (L/R): Mrs J. Cameron (a family friend), Jessie Maria Baird nee Shepherd, Adam Baird, Elva Cameron (Mrs Cameron's daughter-in-law) and Agnes Baird. Seated: Harold Baird, Frank Tunstall (the future husband of Agnes), William Baird and George Baird.

According to the Somerville Family Tree on Ancestry.com, Agnes' Frank was Francis Westley Tunstall who was born at Fernleigh in Victoria in 1893 and died at Wycheproof in 1931. His parents were Thomas Alfred Tunstall and Eliza Ellen Bourchier, and his siblings were Francis James (1890-90), Evelyn May (1891) and Alfred Ernest Tunstall (1895-1957). Robert White tells us that he and Agnes had three children: Jessie, Thomas Alfred and Francis George Tunstall. Thomas married Shirley Eileen Axton and Francis Winifred Allison Taylor. The Somerville Family Tree on Ancestry.com states that Jessie's married name was Reed (the Wycheproof Historical Society photo database includes a 1951 photograph of a Jessie and Bruce Reed and their newly christened daughter, Heather).

4. Ethel Shepherd (1877-1948)

Also born at St Arnaud, Ethel married Alfred Moses Randall (1868-1939) in 1896, probably at St Arnaud. Ancestry's Australian Births Index shows that, like Ethel, Alfred had been born at St Arnaud and his parents were William White Randall and Rachel Diffey. According to 'Chris' Tree' on Ancestry.com, Rachel was born at Corfe Castle in Dorset in 1829. She and William had at least two other children: Lydia Cecilia Randall (1861-1941), who married Albert William Stephens, and Abner Edward Randall (1869).

Ancestry's Australian Birth Index shows that Alfred and Ethel had seven children between 1898 and 1910, all born at St Arnaud: William Alfred, Jessie Eileen, Ethel Olive, Rose Amelia, Evelyn Louisa, Beatrice Irene and James Alfred Randall. The Australian electoral rolls show that Alfred worked as a farmer and that he and Ethel and their family were living at Slaty Creek in 1903, Kooheh in 1909 and Gre Gre North in 1914 and 1919. After living for a time at Swan Hill, the family moved to Melbourne where they were registered as living at 19 Fuller Ave in Camberwell in 1936 and 3A Heather St in South Melbourne in 1937. Alfred was then said to be a pensioner. He died at Albert Park in Melbourne in 1939. His wife Ethel died there in 1948.

5. Roland Hill Shepherd (1881-1927)

Born at Gowar in 1881 Roland was working as a labourer on the Yawong station at the time of the 1909 election and a farmer at Coonooer in 1914. He served as a private soldier in the 57th Battalian during the First World War. His military file in the Australian Archives shows that he was 34 and single when he enlisted on 3 February 1916 and was initially allocated to the 3rd reinforcements for the 58th Infantry Battalion. He proceded overseas on the PRINCESS VICTORIA and arrived at Folkestone in England on 5 December 1916. After spending some time in hospital in France he was wounded in action on 27 April 1917 and awarded the military medal for 'conspicuous bravery in the field' on 1 June the same year. He was wounded again in September 1918 and hospitalised in England. On 7 December of that year, the East Charlton Tribune reported that Mr and Mrs W. Shepherd, of Charlton Road St Arnaud, and formerly of Conooer Bridge, 'received word that their son Pte R. J. Shepherd, who received 23 wounds from the explosion of a shell, is making good recovery in a London Hospital. In conversation with a representative of the Melbourne Herald in London', the report continued, 'Pte Shepherd said: - "The riskiest spot in the line is an outpost in No Man's Land, where you have scarcely room to move in the day and you may be a target for an enemy any hour. There was three of us in a narrow dugout when the shell landed. It killed a Corporal and wounded me and another private. I must have gone into the air twenty feet. I had the top of my head blown off, some ribs broken, and my body tattooed with shell splinters, and here I am hoping to take a walk about London shortly. I wish it were dear old Bourke Street"'.

Roland eventually recovered from his wounds and returned to Australia on the CITY of EXETER on 15 January 1919. The Australian electoral rolls showed him living with his parents at St Arnaud at the time of the 1919 and 1924 elections (the supplement to the latter roll includes a Mabel Eliza Shepherd, home duties, living on King's Ave in St Arnaud). This, together with the local burial records, indicate that Roland married Mabel Eliza Horsfall or Russell at Willangie in around 1924 and that they had two children - Russell William and Malcolm James Shepherd - before Roland's death at St Arnaud in 1927. His wife Mabel Eliza seemed to be living at Woomelang in Victoria in 1931. She died in 1950 and was buried with Roland at St Arnaud.

6. George Stewart Shepherd (1883-1966)

Born at Yawong in 1883, George married Emily Maude Neville at St Arnaud in 1910. According to the 'Cotton Family Tree' on Ancestry.com, Emily's parents were Edwin Neville (1838-1908) from Somerset in England, and Mary Anne Harvey (1847-1909) who was born at Melbourne and died at Stuart Mill. The 1914 elecoral roll showed George and Emily farming at Coonooer East. After the First World War they lived at St Arnaud initially with George's parents and then at 7 Clyde St. They both died at St Arnaud in 1966.

George and Emily had eight children we are aware of: 1) Roland Edward William Nelson Shepherd who, according to the 'Descendants of McSwain/Archman' tree on Ancestry.com, married Elva Marion McRae at St Arnaud in 1936. Elva's parents were said to be Alexander John Duncan McRae (1882-1946) and Sophia Marchment (1884-1974) both of whom were born at Swanwater in Victoria and died at St Arnaud. Roland and Elva had at least two and maybe eight children. 2) Edwina Mary Shepherd. 3) Stewart Neville Shepherd (1910-71) who married Violet May Johns (1914-82), the daughter of Richard James Johns and Lily Alice Patterson. Both Robert White and the 'Shepherd Family Tree' on Ancestry.com.au tells us that they had six children. 4) Jessie Maude Shepherd who we think married Jack McKenny. 5) Eva Gertrude Shepherd. 6) Robert James Shepherd. 7) Emily Georgina Shepherd. 8) Hazel Dawn Shepherd who married George Eric Vevers and was living at Orrong in Melbourne in 1954.

6. Robert Shepherd (1846-1932)

A cutting from the 19 September 1928 edition of the St Arnaud Mercury, sent to us by Robert White, tells us that, after disembarking at Geelong, Robert traveled with his parents first to the Rich Avon sheep station where his father was to be employed as a shepherd, and two years later, to West Charlton and thence to Simpson's station at York Plains where they remained for a further seven years. In 1863, the article continued, Robert 'started out on his own by picking up wool at Cope Cope station' and then shearing at different stations including Yawong Springs and Nulwaley station on the Murray River where he was employed to cut scrub for 1 per week.

While working as a boundary rider at Bald Hills, Robert married Mary Ann Seales at Christ Church in St Arnaud on 2 March 1868. Their wedding certificate shows that Robert was then a 21 year-old bachelor. Mary Ann was just 16 years old and was living with her parents at Totterton station. She had been born at Adelaide in 1852, the daughter of Frederick Seales, a shepherd, and Ann Killing. The wedding was witnessed by the couple's respective fathers, Frederick Seales and Edward Shepherd.

After their wedding the couple went to live with Robert's parents at Gooroc where Robert helped run the family farm. His obituary and the Australian electoral rolls indicate that he and Mary Ann also farmed land at Gowar and Coonooer before moving to St Arnaud to live sometime between 1914 and 1919. Mary Ann died at St Arnaud in 1926. Robert died there in 1932. His obituary, published in the 18 November 1932 edition of the Donald Times informed its readers that: 'A very old identity of the district in the person of Mr Robert Shepherd, relict of Mary Ann Shepherd, passed away on Friday at the residence of his daughter, Mrs G. Bryany, Canterbury Street St Arnaud. The late Mr Shepherd was born in Devon, England in 1846, and was 86 years of age. He came to Australia when seven years of age and was married in St Arnaud. He followed farming at Gowar for many years, and sold his property to Mr Con McKew. He was very well known and highly respected. The late Mr Shepherd is survived by the following family - Messrs Robert (St Arnaud), and Edward (Coonooer Bridge), Mesdames G. Bryany (St Arnaud), J. E. Wandell (Underbool), A. Brown (Cowangie) and W. Walder (Watchem)'. The St Arnaud burial records noted that he was buried in the same grave as his wife Mary Ann and next to the grave of his son Robert who had died at St Arnaud in 1945.

Robert and Mary Ann had eight children between 1869 and 1887, all born at either St Arnaud or Gowar: Mary Ann Shepherd (1869-1956), Annie Louisa Shepherd (1871-1913), Ann Ellen Shepherd (1877-1923), Fanny Shepherd (1875-1954), Robert Shepherd (1881-1945), Elizabeth Victoria Shepherd (1882-1961), Ellen Shepherd (1883-1962) and Edward Shepherd (1887-1970). We know that Mary Ann married George Bryant but nothing else of her life or times. As described in Part One, Robert and Mary Ann's second and third daughters, Annie Louisa and Ann Ellen, married their cousin Abraham Joseph Allen. Their brother, Robert, never married. He died at St Arnaud, aged 64 years, in 1945 and was buried next to his parents. We know a few more details of the remaining children as follows:

1.Fanny Shepherd

According to the 'Wandel Family Tree on Ancestry.com, Fanny married Julius Ernest Wandel, the son of Carl Wandel and Francistra Louisa Peach, in 1899 and had six children: 1) Bertha Ann Wandel (1899-1969) who married Percy Victor Lynch (1899-1950) and had six children. 2) Charles Robert Henry Wandel (1901-37) who married Agnes Margaret Ellen Patten, the daughter of Joseph Patten and Isabella Salmon, and had three children. 3) Augusta Louise Wandel (1903-99) who married Albert Henry Wouda. 4) Edward Julius Wandel (1906-86) who married Elizabeth Farquah McFarlane. 5) Gladys Myrtle Wandel who married William Hefferman and had two children. 6) Lawrence Seales Wandel (1911-83) who married Irene Doris Hummel and had ten children.

2. Ellen ('Ellie') Shepherd (1883-1962)

Born at Gooroc, Ellie married William Russell Walder (1879-1967), the son of James Walder from London and Sarah Ann Pope from Horsham, and had seven children, all still living. See 'Leonie's Family Tree' on Ancestry.com for details.

3. Edward Shepherd (1887-1970)

Edward was born at Gowar and married Martha Jane Kirk (1890-1977) at St Arnaud in 1910. The couple farmed at Coonooer Bridge and had eight children: Florence Lilian, Doris Adeline, Lorna Mavis, Elma Jean, Edward John, Greta Muriel, Betty Noreen, Keith Reg Roy, and Robert William Shepherd.

(1 March 2012)

Image sources
'William Shepherd' and 'William John and Martha Shepherd and family', courtesy of Veronica Gunn'.
'William and Jessie Shepherd' and 'Andrew Shepherd', courtesy of Robert White.
'June Long at Wycheproof', 'The Long Family at Dumosa' and 'June Long and friend at Wycheproof', courtesy of Rhonda Sutton.
The weddings of William John Shepherd and his son Basil Stewart Shepherd, from Robert Shepherd's 'Shepherd Family Tree' on Ancestry.com.
Berrimal West State School, sent to us by Robert White and taken from the Berrimal 1985 Reunion Church Centenary Booklet compiled by David and Fay Lockhart and Sharon and Wes Polkinghorne. The children were identified as: Back row (l/R) Jim Shepherd, John Rotherham, George Shepherd, Fanny Polkinghorne, Liz Shepherd, Annie Hughes and Beatrice Polkinghorne. Centre row: Tom Hughes, Nettie Polkinghorne, May Polkinghorne, Mary Rotherham, Isabel Shepherd, Jim Polkinghorne and Sam Polkinghorne. Front row: Cliff Polkinghorne, Charlie Rotherham, Bill Shepherd (?) and Boy McCalman (?).
Remainder from the photos section of Wycheproof Historical Society website.

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