Born at Hackney, near London, 11th March 1824, died at Ashfield, near Sydney, 27th August, 1884.
Son of Thomas Shepherd. Proprietor of the Darling Nursery. Agricultural Editor of "Town and Country Journal" Sydney. There are some excellent articles from his pen in the "Sydney Magazine of Science and Art":- "On the hybridisation of plants." On native plants, and the pastoral, agricultural and horticultural resources of Australia," (six papers in Vol. 1, 1858). He collected many New South Wales plants, largely in the Illawarra, some of which were sent to Woolls and Mueller.
The following orchid commemorates him:
Dendrobium shepherdi F. v .M. = Bulbophyllum shepherdii F.v.M.
Source: Maiden, J.H. (1908) Records of Australian botanists- (a) General, (b) New South Wales. Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales for 1908 . 42:60-132