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Charles Shepherd

Charles Shepherd, one of 178 convicts transported on the Portland, 19 November 1831

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Charles Shepherd
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1814
Occupation: Farm labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Sheep-stealing
Convicted at: Essex Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Portland
Departure date: 19th November, 1831
Arrival date: 26th March, 1832
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 177 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 222
Source description: This record is one of the entries in the British convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database compiled by State Library of Queensland from British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project.

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Penny-Lyn Beale on 6th June, 2020 wrote:

1831- 22 September. Item: 164884
Surname: Shepherd. First Name: Charles
Ship: Portland 1832. Date: 22 September 1831
Place: Captivity Hulk
Source: UK Prison Hulk Registers and Letter Books. Ancestry
Details: Charles Shepherd age 18 tried on 18 July 1831 at Chelmsford and sentenced to transportation for life for stealing lambs. Admitted to the Captivity Hulk on 22 September 1831 and transferred to the convict ship ‘Portland’ on 14 November 1831

1832 - Charles Shepherd was transported to Australia on the ship “Portland” . The Portland is a 385 ton ship built at Bristol in 1822 and is a class E1.Charles was transported to the Portland on the 19th November 1831. The Portland sailed from Portsmouth on the 27 November 1831 and arrived in Australia 120 days later on the 26th March 1832.. The master on this voyage was William Ascough and surgeon Jos. Cook. No deaths occurred on this voyage. His sentence being life for stealing sheep. He was a bond convict, age 27 when he married May Jane Nelson age 17. There is an entry in the NSW Convict Marriage Bans 1826 - 41. Compiled by Joan Reese and Norma Tuck. Fiche No 8 referring to film AO 4/2481.3. This record needs to be viewed as it may give more information on Mary Jane, who is also listed as Mary Ann.
Charles Shepherd was only 19 when he was convicted of sheep stealing.
His record reads as such. No 32 - 653, Index No 20. Age 19, Education read/write none. Single no children, Essex, Milks stableman, Offence Sheep Stealing. Chelmsford. Tried at Essex Assizes, 18th July 1831. Age now 20, sentence Life, previous convictions none. Height 5 foot 5 1/2 inches tall, Dark sallow complexion, Dark brown hair and dark grey eyes. Distinguishing marks - large nose, scar on back of right hand. source 26 march 1832, oo8 682, 905 4/4017

1832 - August 16. Item: 17947. Surname: Shepherd. First Name: Charles
Ship: Portland 1832. Date: 16 August 1832
Place: Dart Brook. Source: Sydney Gazette
Details: Milks and stableman. Assigned to Henry Keirnan

1833 - February 7. Item: 19669. Surname: Shepherd. First Name: Charles
Ship: Portland 1832. Date: 1833 7 February
Place: Puen Buen. Source: SG
Details: Stableman. Assigned to John Bingle

1833 -10 July, Item: 183064
Surname: Shepherd. First Name: Charles
Ship: Portland 1832. Date: 10 July 1833
Place: Invermein
Source: Invermein Court of Petty Sessions. Deposition Books 1833 -1834 (Ancestry)
Details: Charles Shepherd per ship Portland, assigned to Stephen Coxen Esq., charged with disobedience and insolence and William Williams per Mangles, assigned to Stephen Coxen Esq., charged with disobedience and insolence. Patrick Good states - I am overseer to Mr. Coxen; on Monday last while I was serving out the rations, I asked the prisoner Shepherd to tell a man named Lane to come and get his ration. He turned round and said he would be damned if he would. This is not the second or 3rd time he has been guilty of the same thing but has always been forgiven; yesterday the prisoner Williams was ordered by me to go and water the pigs; he replied he would not. I then sent another man to do it and he came back afterwards and offered to do it when it had already been done by the other man. The prisoners make no defense. Mr. Good stating that the prisoner Williams being only lately arrived in the country and that his conduct is generally good and that he has no doubt but he has been led astray by the other prisoner the Bench therefore admonish him to be more cautious in future and discharge him. But the Bench find the prisoner Shepherd guilty and sentence him to receive fifty lashes

1840 - 14 August.
Item: 164875. Surname: Shepherd. First Name: Charles
Ship: Portland 1832. Date: 14 August 1840
Place: Scone. Source: Application to Marry
Details: Charles Shepherd age 27 arrived per ‘Portland’, application to marry Mary Jane Nolan or Nelson (free)

1840 - 22 August 1840 - Stephen Coxon. Letter will keep both in his service until Charles obtains is Freedom or Ticket of Leave

1840 - 5 October 1840. Marriage. No 10.
Charles Shepherd of this Parish Bachelor and
Mary Jane Nelson of this Parish Spinster
married at this Court House by Banns with the consent of Parents this fifth day of October in the year 1840.
By me John Morse A M Chaplin of Scone.
This marriage was solemnized between us
Charles Shepherd X by mark
Mary Jane Nelson X by mark
in the presence of
William Pallister of Yarrandi X by mark
Catherine Cormie of Scone X by mark

***** Mary Jane Nelson other partners Thomas Lewis- Came free (1844-1854) and Robert Peglar (1854 to her death) - convict per ship John*****************

1841 - 1 June 1841 - Birth of Daughter Susannah         Baptism Record; Date of Baptism; 11 July 1841. No 39. Date of birth 1 June 1841. Susannah daughter of Charles and Mary-Anne Shepherd. Abode: Yarrundi near scone. Occupation Labourer. John Morse Chaplin of ....
Note of Interest: William Pallister (he was the witness to Charles and Mary-Anne’s marriage) two children baptised
Sarah daughter of William Pallister and Mary Hall. Born 12 May 1838.  Baptised 11 July 1841. Yarrundi near Sone - Carpenter & joiner. John Morse Chaplin of ...- illigitimate?
Mary-Anne daughter of William and Sophie Pallister Yarrundi near Sone - Carpenter & joiner. John Morse Chaplin of ...

1841 - AGSI Index refers to Charles - Govt Indulg,17th November 1841, Govt Gazz.  NSAG, NSW, 181 p 1601, NSW, Scone.
team: 99486. Surname: Shepherd. First Name: Charles
Ship: Portland 1832. Date: 1841 23 November
Place: Scone. Source: SG. Details: Granted Ticket of leave

1842 - 8 November - 41/2499 Altered to Musswellbrook, 25th October 1842 per letter from PM Soane Ref 42/12124

1843 - 7 May 1843 Christened. 16 March 1843 - Birth of Daughter - Elizabeth Muswell Brook
Christening Parish of Musswell Brook in the County of Durham in the year 1843.       
Elizabeth B; March 16 1843 - F: Charles M; Mary Anne.  .    Abode Muswell Brook - Labourer - Rev John Morse

          Also . 1854 February 5th. Baptised in Warialda. Born March 17 1843. Elizabeth Daughter of Charles & Mary Shepherd. Abode Kura Occupation Labourer ? Rev Richard Kemp

1844 - D.P. (declined pardon?) 23rd September 1844. 44/643.

1847 - 17 October 1847 - Ticket of Leave ..... Shepherd having obtained a conditional pardon 47/992.(47/792?) 30th September 1847.

AGSI Index refers to Charles- Govt Indulg,17th November 1841, Govt Gazz.  NSAG, NSW, 181 p 1601, NSW, Scone.

1854 - Occupation Labourer living at Kerra. The same location as Edmund Lewis

Convict Changes History

Penny-Lyn Beale on 6th June, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1814 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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