George Bell Shepherd

Born:1849 In:  Dundee, Angus, Scotland
Died:May 4 1914 (at age ‎~65‏)In:  Dunedin New Zealad

Immediate family

Elizabeth Margaret Galloway (Shepherd)
His wife
Mary Allison Shepherd
His daughter
Jane Bell Shepherd (Free)
His daughter
Annie Laurie Allison Shepherd
His daughter
Margaret Elizabeth Shepherd
His daughter
William Galloway Shepherd
His son
George Patrick Shepherd
His son
Helen Lillian Shepherd
His daughter
Norman Francis Shepherd
His son
Alexander Douglas Shepherd
His son
Patrick Nimmo Shepherd
His father
Jane "Jane" Bell (Shepherd)
His mother
Elizabeth Shepherd (Watts)
His sister
William Shepherd
His brother
Margaret Shepherd (Halliday)
His sister
Jane "Jean" Shepherd
His sister
Patrick Nimmo Shepherd
His brother
Thomas Muir Shepherd
His brother
David Bell Shepherd
His brother
John Nimmo Shepherd
His brother

Source citations

Confidence: Secondary evidence
Date: Nov 4 2010
Date: July 10 2013
Confidence: Direct and primary evidence
Date: July 30 2017
Citation text:
George Bell Shepherd
Death: May 4 1914
Burial: Reefton Suburban Cemetery, Reefton, West Coast, New Zealand
Relation Name Birth Death
Elizabeth Margaret Shepherd 1927


SHEPHERD GEORGE BELL - Plumber and Tinsmith, Broadway, Reefton. Private Residence, Buller Road. This business was established in the year 1883 by Mr P. N. Shepherd, who subsequently removed to Dunedin, and was acquired by his brother, Mr G. B. Shepherd, in 1900. The premises stand on freehold land, which measures thirty-three feet by ninety-nine feet, and consists of a shop, a workshop and a store room. Mr Shepherd was born in December 1850, at Dundee, Scotland, and was taken as an infant to Australia. He was educated at Geelong, and was there at the time of the Ballarat riots. Mr Shepherd afterwards came to New Zealand, and landed in Dunedin in March 1866. He was brought up to the trade of an ironmonger under Mr T. G. Johnston, of George Street, Dunedin, and several years later entered the service of Messrs Briscoe and Company , with whom he continued for ten years. Mr Shepherd then opened an ironmongery business for the firm of Guthrie and Larnach, and afterwards managed a business for Messrs Gibbs and Clayton in George Street. In 1882 he was appointed to the management of Messrs Forsyth and Masters' Reefton Branch; a position which he held for thirteen years. Mr Shepherd was then in business as a share broker for some time before entering his present calling. He was one of the trustees of the local Hospital Board for many years, and was also chairman for ten years. Mr Shepherd was a member of the Inangahua County Council for Reefton riding for three years, and was one of the prime movers in the foundation of the Reefton Jockey Club, with which he has been connected since 1882. He married a daughter of the late Mr. William Galloway, of Dunedin, in the year 1973, and has, surviving, four sons and two daughters.

SHEPHERD, George Bell, c1850 - 1914



When the electors at the School Committee Election were gathering at the schoolhouse yesterday evening in preparation for the election. Mr. G. B. SHEPHERD accompanied by Mrs. Shepherd and Miss Shepherd arrived, and Mr. Shepherd, as he passed into the room, entered into conversation with several present. He had just finished telling a lady a story about an amusing experienced that had happened to him the previous week at Glenhope, when he suddenly stopped and it was seen that he was seriously ill. He was taken into an anti-room and made as comfortable as possible while medical assistance was at once sought. Dr. Scott soon arrived but the patient was beyond help and died without a struggle. There was universal regret expressed at the tragic beginning of the meeting, and as the law does not provide for an adjournment, Mr. H. Castle, the chairman of the school committee announced that it would be a good thing for the audience to disperse as a mark of respect to the memory of a gentleman who had been chairman of the school committee for many years and who also was a member of the Nelson Education Board. If they allowed the meeting to lapse, the Board would at once order a new election. This was accordingly moved and carried without dissent and silently and sorrowfully the audience withdrew. Meanwhile the body of deceased was taken to his home, while steps were taken to aprise the sons, who are stationed at different parts of the Dominion, of the death of their father. The late Mr. G. B. Shepherd was a man who had acted a considerable part in the early days of Reefton. He was born in Dundee and came out to Victoria and later on to Dunedin while merely a lad, being apprenticed in Briscoe''s Ltd., where he learnt the ironware trade. From there he came to Reefton where he took charge of Messrs Forsyth and Masters' business. He was in charge for many years and was a leading member of the business community of Reefton. He took a keen interest in racing and was one of the early members of the Reefton Jockey Club. He left Messrs Forsyth and Masters some years ago and has since then, been in business on his own account. He was also a prominent member of the School Committee and occupied the position of chairmen for many years. About six years ago he was elected a member of the Nelson Education Board where he did good work for the district and only last week he went to Nelson to the board meeting. He was a staunch adherent of the Presbyterian Church and was an elder as well as Superintendent of Knox Church Sunday School and took the keenest interest in the development of church work. He was chairman of directors of the Inangahua Times and in his early days in Reefton was intimately associated with mining, and business ventures He was also at one time a member of the Inangahua County Council where he did good work in bringing down the overdraft to the very lowest level it has been. He leaves a widow and a family of six, four sons and two daughters, three daughters having predeceased him. The district tenders these its heartfelt sympathy for the loss of a good husband, father and devoted citizen.

Newspaper or periodicaltttTh Inangahua Times (Reefton)t 5 May 1914

4 May 1914 - George SHEPHERD - plumber - male, 63 years - cause of death: fatty degeneration of the heart, several years: syncope, a few seconds - medical attendant Dr. E.H.Scott last seen 2 May 1914 - Parent's names, father's occupation: Patrick SHEPHERD, Jane Shepherd formerly BELL, carpenter - buried Boulder Creek Cemetery - Minister I. A. Brown, Presbyterian - Where born & length of time in NZ.: Dundee Scotland, 48 years - Where married, Dunedin aged 22 yrs. wife's name: Margaret Elizabeth GALLOWAY wife living aged 60 yrs. - Living children: six, males 32, 30, 24 & 21 yrs: 2 females 46 & 39 yrs. - Informant: H.T.Crumpton, undertaker, Reefton - Registrar: Thos. Morgan Deputy Registrar 1914 May 11th.

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