Mr. Shepherd was a native of Sydney, and the youngest son of Thomas Shepherd. He was connected with the firm of P. L. C. Shepherd and Son, Seed Merchants Sydney. In 1874, he was elected representative in the Legislative Assembly of the Nepean Electorate, but never sought re election; this was during the time of the Martin admistration,and on 30th December, 1887, he was summoned to the Legislative Council, and held his seat up to the time of his.death, which took place on 31st July, 1903, at his residence "Birnam," Shaftesbury Road, Burwood. Mr. Shepherd took a great interest in the defences of New South Wales and in 1864 joined the Volunteer Artillery, in which he remained for twelve years. During the last eight years, he held the rank of Major.
He wrote papers on horticultural subjects first published in the “ Sydney Magazine of Science and Art" (1858-9). Subsequently he wrote on Draining and Manuring, and was a frequent contributor to the newspapers on such subjects.
He was also a Vice-President of the Horticultural Society of New South Wales.
He was buried at Rookwood, Sydney.