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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Jack" John Richard SHEPPARD

Born 1871 in Fremantle, Western Australia [15]
Son of John SHEPPARD and Margaret NERNEY [15]
Married "Meg" Margaret NAIRN on 23 June 1901 at Saint John's Church in Dongara[120: 6-Jul-1901]
     His wife was a grand-daughter of Carnamah pioneers James & Sarah NAIRN and Coorow pioneers William & Sarah LONG [P3]
     Witnesses to their marriage were Margaret's father Frank Edward NAIRN and her aunt Clementina NAIRN [40]
Farmer of Redbank Farm in Dudawa, East Arrino 1908-1941 [19]
     His farm was 961 acres in size and consisted of 12, 13 and 14 of the Dudawa Estate [44]
     He and his brother Robert were among the very first to settle on the Dudawa Estate in Dudawa, East Arrino [120: 5-Oct-1933]
He was appointed the Postal Vote Officer for "Dudawa via Arrino" by the Chief Electoral Officer in 1908 [86: 5-Sep-1908]
In 1909 it was reported that he was "making excellent progress with his farm" at Dudawa [31: 31-May-1909]
He was also the Postal Vote Officer for Dudawa for the Legislative Council elections held on 13 May 1910 [9: 22-Apr-1910]
During 1911 and 1912 leased, in addition to his farm, a pastoral lease of 5,000 acres from the Midland Railway Company [34]
      The 5,000 acres was Pastoral Lease 519 and was leased from the Midland Railway Company for £10 per year [34]
In 1914 grew 300 acres of crop on his farm in Dudawa [10: 19-Jun-1914]
Sold a tried worker medium draught horse at the Horse & Cow Market on Pier Street in Perth on 5 December 1919 [39: 4-Dec-1919]
By 1930 was trading and farming Red Bank in partnership with his sons as "Sheppard & Sons" [4: 27-Sep-1930]
During part of February and March 1930 spent a holiday in Perth, while his wife and children holidayed in Dongara [4: 8-Mar-1930]
Attended the evening dance at the Three Springs Hall after the R.S.L. Sports Day at Arrino on 5 November 1932 [5: 18-Nov-1932]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Arrino farmer Hugh A. F. MCNEILL at the Three Springs Cemetery on 23 November 1932 [5: 9-Dec-1932]
Donated one of the prizes for the Children's Fancy Dress Ball held in Arrino on Tuesday 12 September 1933 [5: 15-Sep-1933]
His sister Mrs Celia MCKENZIE spent a holiday staying with him at Dudawa in April 1934 [5: 20-Apr-1934]
During January 1935 sold seven bales of wool through the agency of Elder Smith & Co Ltd for 11d. per pound [5: 1-Feb-1935]
In November 1935 Sheppard & Sons sold 296 shorn lambs and 34 shorn hoggets through Elder Smith & Co Ltd [5: 22 & 29-Nov-1935]
      Of the lambs sold 108 at 14/1, 94 at 14/4, 64 at 8/7, and 29 at 10/1 per head; and of the hoggets sold 23 at 9/4 and 11 at 13/1[5]
During January 1935 sold through Westralian Farmers Ltd four bales of wool at 16¾d. per pound and one bale at 16½d. [5: 17-Jan-1936]
Sheppard & Sons sold 572 sheep through Elder Smith & Co Ltd through four Midland Markets from February to December 1936: [5]
     333 lambs (30 at 14/10, 89 at 14/7, 40 at 14/4, 70 at 13/10, 33 at 13/7, 23 at 12/10, 28 at 11/7, 20 at 11/1), [5: 14 & 21-Feb-1936]
     80 shorn lambs (24 at 15/4, 40 at 16/10, 16 at 13/10) and 159 hoggets (89 at 14/10, 14 at 14/1, 56 at 13/10) [5: 6-Nov-1936, 4-Dec-1936]
Attended the demonstration of the 1936 Massey Harris 25-40 tractor on Inverbeg Farm, Three Springs on 22 August 1936 [5: 4-Sep-1936]
Committee Member of the Three Springs Agricultural Society in 1936 [5: 1-May-1936]
Judged the Cattle section at the Coorow-Waddy Forest District Agricultural Society's  Show in 1936 and 1937 [5: 11-Sep-1936, 10-Sep-1937]
Exhibited in the Cattle section at the Three Springs Agricultural Show held on Thursday 17 September 1936 [5: 25-Sep-1936]
      Received 1st prize for his Dairy Cow, with the judge making special mention that it "was an extremely good animal" [5]
      Also won 1st prize for his Jersey Cow, which the judge said was "worthy of the class and good enough for the Royal Show" [5]
"Sheppard & Sons" sold six bales of wool at 17¾d. per pound through Elder Smith & Co Ltd on 23 November 1936 [5: 27-Nov-1936]
Resided in Arrino until 1941 [19]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Palmyra [2]
Father of six sons - Albert Fortescue Nairn, James McInerny, William McKenzie, John Raglan, Frank Nairn and Robert Falcon [P3]
Father of six daughters - "Dolly" Mira, "Bess" Celia Bessie, Margaret, "Dora" Dolores, Jean and Edith [P3]
Died 16 October 1941; buried at Fremantle Cemetery in the Perth suburb of Palmyra (Anglican, A6, 214) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'John Richard Sheppard' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 3 July 2022 from [reference list]

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