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Henry Shepherd

Henry Shepherd, one of 171 convicts transported on the Elizabeth, 11 August 1820

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Henry Shepherd
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1794
Occupation: Butcher
Date of Death: 5th April, 1855
Age: 61 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 58 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Sheep-stealing
Convicted at: Nottingham Assizes
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Elizabeth
Departure date: 11th August, 1820
Arrival date: 31st December, 1820
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 172 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 368
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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Community Contributions

Elaine Russell on 15th November, 2014 wrote:

Arrived Sydney December 1820.  Sent to Airds where he worked at ‘Glenlee’ owned by G.L. Lowe (Magistrate).  He married Jane McNabb a free Irish woman (arrived in 1832 on the Red Rover) on 1/08/1833 at St James Church Sydney.  They settled at ‘Spring Creek’ and the first of their 8 children was born later that year.  Later they both work at ‘The Hermitage’ (still standing) at The Oaks.  Their last 2 children were born there but Jane died shortly after the birth of the last born, John, on 28/02/1946. Henry remarried in 1851 and purchased land at Wollondilly in 1852.  He died at ‘Molesmain’ on 05/04/1855 and is buried along with Jane and 3 infant children in the graveyard of St. Paul’s Cobbitty.

Henry was described as being 5’6”, with fair ruddy complexion, brown hair, light grey eyes.  He could read and write well so it is assumed that he had a good eduction.  He was born in Kinoulton, Nottinghamshire.

Denis Pember on 5th July, 2015 wrote:

Census of New South Wales; November 1828: [Ref S0673] - Shepherd, Henry 32, TL, Asia 1821, 14 years.  Servant for Mr Howe at Airds.
(Note# The Asia and Elizabeth arrived within two days of each other in December 1820 and offloaded the convicts in the first few days of 1821 - Some mix up here as to which ship Henry was assigned.) The Mr Howe would be the Emnancipist landholder William Howe, Atlas 1816, who held a huge acreage at Airds; 3500 acres, 1000 cleared, 500 cultivated. 20 horses, 650, horned cattle and 600 sheep - clearly he had need of servants.

Convict Changes History

Elaine Russell on 15th November, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1794 (prev. 0000), date of death: 5th April, 1855 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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