Henry Sheens1

M, #189, b. 7 February 1880, d. 28 December 1906
FatherHenry Sheens1 b. 30 Nov 1844, d. 6 Jul 1921
MotherEmma Byrnes1 b. 25 Sep 1849, d. 26 Dec 1927
Relationship2nd great-uncle of Timothy George Sheens
Last Edited1 Aug 2016
Birth*7 February 1880 Castlereagh, NSW;
Name: Henry Sheens
Sex of Child: Male
Date of Birth: 7th February 1880
Place of Birth: Castlereagh

Father: Henry Sheens
Occupation: Farmer
Birthplace: England
Age: 36

Date of Marriage: 14th June 1871
Place of Marriage: Castlereagh

Previous Issue: 5 Boys living

Mother: Emma formerly Byrnes
Birthplace: Castlereagh
Age: 30

Informant: Henry Sheens (his mark), father, Castlreagh
Witness: Eliza Byrnes1,2 
Baptism2 March 1880 Penrith Circuit, NSW;
son of Henry & Emma Sheens, Castlereagh
Minister E D Madgwick, Methodist3 
Article13 February 1901 "The Sydney Morning Herald", NSW;
It speaks well for the rapidity of the operations that are being conducted on the Agricultural Ground 1345 men have been provisionally enrolled for the Imperial Contingent that is to be sent to South Africa. These men have passed all tests, and have been put through the first principles of drill. 708 men and officers, denominated the 2nd Regiment of Mounted Rifles, left the Agricultural Grounds early yesterday morning and proceeded to the Randwick Rifle Range, where they are to encamp pending the arrival of transports. Colonel Lassetter, who is in command of the regiment, was justifiably proud of the alacrity with which the men went through this preliminary portion of their military duty. "They seemed to go about their work like old veterans," the Colonel remarked to our reporter. All the tents were pitched in a couple of hours, and by noon the camp was as complete in arrangement, and the men appeared to be as fully initiated into the routine of the camp as if it were an old-established one. In the afternoon a field hospital was established on the ground.
Now that the 2nd Regiment of Mounted Rifles has left the Agricultural Grounds, and about 60 fresh tents erected upon it, there is ample accommodation for the remaining men that are to be enrolled so as to complete the 2000 that are to be sent from this State.
Of 95 men medically examined yesterday 16 were rejected, and of 57 men who were tested in shooting 46 were successful in scoring the requisite number of points. The percentage of failure in the riding test was remarkably small, only five having been rejected out of a total of 86 candidates. One horse fell whilst being ridden by a candidate for en rolment. The animal suffered a broken log, and had to be destroyed.
The following officers have been attached for duty with the 3rd Regiment Mounted Rifles, and posted as follows: - Mr. C M Southey as acting-lieutenant to " A " Squadron, and Lieutenant Bean, A.M.C., to the Imperial Draft Contingent.
The following transfers have been approved: -
First draft to " A " Squadron. - S Byern, W Farrar, J J Graham, G H Lockett, J McKenzie, J Broderick, L Flynn, W B Hayman, H J Lane, N McPherson, J S Downs, A N Gibb, J J Jones, A J McDonald, H J Mecham.
First draft to " B " Squadron. -A Brophy, A Fraser, H House, J A Lucy, L W H McDermott, C Martin, T W Neale, Bugler J H Pryor, A G H Reid, D Sutherland, H Sandy, E W Simpson, J Uren, W Walton, H Wilfred, J Wallace, H A Brown, J J Field, E H Howard, Bugler W G Lee, H E Mead, J Medaris, T Par kinson, Bugler W C Pugh, T Royal, M Smith, B M Scully, A B Taylor, F E Urquhart, T Walsh, F White, L Doull, W H Gilbert, F J Lindsay, T McWilliam, S S Mayo, P Nixon, T Powell, A J Porter, A G Sterritt, F A Stannard, J J Scard, J Twiss, E W Walker, W R Wallace, H J Wilkes.
First Draft to " C " Squadron. -J Williams, C A Driscoll (bugler).
The undermentioned men having passed all tests have been provisionally enrolled, and posted as under: -
" C " Squadron. -J O Braggs, H E Jones, A Noonan, P S Smith, D W Thomson, J Black, A Lewington, W Nïcholson, M Stanton, J R Williams, P Braggs, J Muston, A R Olive, H Sheens, J J Woodland.
" D " Squadron. -G Bell, W Chapman, C J Darkes, H Foulkes, F H Higgins (bugler), J Jenkins, B Leeks, M P Mc'Mahon, C O Rush, G A Simpson, W Wall, C Benton, E E Dobbie, T M Drum, P J Foley, E W Jones, B McDonald, C M Penny, O J Rogers, F J Smith, J Young, D Cook, T P Dawson, P M Fitzhenry, H J Gillard, C E Harper, J A Kelly, T Morris, B G Perrin, V Ruaue, W H B Williams.
"E " Squadron -J. P. Boulais, H Clements, J J Dunn, W J Hall, G T Jones, G W Norman, J W Thompson, C Clifford, W J Casey, M Hurley, A L Jack, J McKeown, D M Ray, W Clarke, S Clout, D L Holt, J Jones, W J Nor wood, G H Richardson.
First Draft.- A E Banks, J Clifford, A H Hammond, R Harbourne, H Mitchell, E E Neill, J Stoneham (bugler), A Seymour, W Barrington, J A Grieve, J Hanslow, F Harper, J J McArthur, A N Russell, A E Shearston (bugler) F Williams E P Bresnahan, T J Humphries, T Hand ley, B McMahon, E E McClennand, S Solomon, G Sexton.
" C " Squadron, 3rd Regiment Mounted Rifles - E J Simpson has been struck off.4 
Article25 May 1901 "The Nepean Times", Penrith, NSW;
The War
Trooper Henry Sheens writes from the ship British Princess, under date April 11, to his brother, Mr Arthur Sheens, of Castlereagh:—
We left Albany on 29th March, we only stayed 30 hours to take in coal. It is a very nice little place, the railway running along the coast. The people here had everything ready to give us a good time at night, but we were not let off through one fellow objecting. While we were here a man came out in a small boat selling fruit grapes only 1s 6d per lb. and apples 2s per dozen, but be sold half his boatload at that. One of the fellows got a meat hook on a line and hooked a full case of grapes and pulled them up before the man could stop him. He waxed wrath and no wonder, for the case held about 25lbs, but we shouted and laughed at him for over two hours. While the hulks were alongside the ship, two troopers planted themselves in one. The captain thought they had got to the town, but a search party found them buried under the coal in one of the hulks, and they were put in the "jug" for it. We have had very bad luck with the horses, six having died and a few more very sickly. There is a little canteen on board, and you can get anything you need at a fair price. We hold sports every evening, boxing and a number of other games, for prizes.

"British Princess"
Article*18 February 1902 "The Sydney Morning Herald", NSW;
Trooper W. Doak, 3rd New South Wales M.R., writing from Frankfort on January 3 says that Trooper Mullaly had been recommended for the D.S.M. He was with a party of five or six who were surprised by a large number of Boers and had to try and make cover. Mullally, after racing away, saw two men (Sergeant J. Hodson and Trooper H. Sheens) were down and he dashed back to their aid. He got Hodson out first and then went back to Sheens. The Boers fired upon him continuously, and he was remarkably lucky not to have been hit. 6 
Marriage*12 April 1906 Burwood, NSW;Bride=Emaline Annie Nixon7,8 
Birth of Son27 July 1906 St Peters, NSW;Principal=Henry C Sheens9,8 
Death*28 December 1906 Nepean Cottage Hospital, Penrith, NSW;
Name: Henry Sheens
Date of Death: 28 Dec 1906
Place of Death: Nepean Cottage Hospital, Penrith NSW
Occupation: Storekeeper
Sex: Male
Age: 26
Conjugal Status:
Place of Birth: Castlereagh NSW
Time in Aust Colonies:

Father: Henry Sheens
Occupation: Farmer
Mother: Emma Byrnes

Place of Marriage: Not married
Age at Marriage:
Name of Spouse:
Children of Marriage:
Informant: H Sheens, father, Castlereagh

Cause of Death: 1. Pulmonary Phthisis 2. Meningitis
Length of Illness: 1. 12 months 2. 1 week
Medical Attendant: C B Pym
Date last seen: 28 Dec 1906

Date of Burial: 29 Dec 1906
Place of Burial: Methodist Cemetery Castlereagh
Minister & Religion: F E Fletcher, Methodist
Undertaker: J Price and Son
Witnesses: Thos Plunkett, Athol Plunkett10 
Article29 December 1906 "The Nepean Times", Penrith, NSW;
Beyond the Veil
Henry Sheens.
Much sympathy is expressed towards Mr and Mrs Sheens, of Castlereagh, on the occasion of the death of their son Henry, which event took place on Friday morning. Deceased had been an inmate of the Wentworth Falls Sanitarium. He had also been an inmate of the Nepean Cottage Hospital for a few days, and died there.
Headstone* Methodist Cemetery, Castlereagh, NSW;
In Loving Memory of
Samuel Sheens
Died 15th Feby 1911
Aged 37 years
Also Henry Sheens
Died 28th Dec 1906
Aged 25 years
Also Edith Sheens
Died 22nd Feby 1908
Aged 15 years
At Rest
Also Henry Sheens
Died 6th July 1921
Aged 76 years
Also Emma Sheens
Died 26th Dec 1927
Aged 76 years
Also Robert Sheens
Died 19th Dec 1942
Aged 47 years
;Principal=Samuel Sheens12
Headstone Samuel, Henry, Edith, Henry, Emma, Robert Sheens


Emaline Annie Nixon b. 6 Nov 1883, d. 1965
  • Henry C Sheens9


  1. [S41] NSW Wesleyan Baptism Registers, 1788-1855 ",22492/1880 Henry Sheens."
  2. [S111] NSW Birth Certificate, 22492/1880 Henry Sheens.
  3. [S199] NSW Penrith Methodist Baptism Registers, 1860-1964 ",22492/1880 Henry Sheens."
  4. [S154] Australian Newspapers, trove.nla.gov.au, The Sydney Morning Herald, Wednesday, February 13, 1901.
  5. [S154] Australian Newspapers, trove.nla.gov.au, The Nepean Times, Saturday, May 25, 1901.
  6. [S154] Australian Newspapers, trove.nla.gov.au, the sydney Morning Herald, Tuesday, February 18, 1902.
  7. [S12] NSW Marriage Index, 3939/1906 Henry Sheens & Emily A Nixon.
  8. [S36] Maria Quigley Sheens - Our Family Tree.
  9. [S13] NSW Birth Index, 28750/1906 Henry C Sheens.
  10. [S107] NSW Death Transcript (Marilyn Rowan), 13933/1906 Henry Sheens.
  11. [S154] Australian Newspapers, trove.nla.gov.au, The Nepean Times, Saturday, December 29, 1906.
  12. [S175] Monumental inscription Castlereagh Methodist Cemetery (Old Castlereagh Road, Castlereagh).