Robert Sheens1

M, #196, b. 31 August 1895, d. 19 December 1942
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 Edited5 Apr 2015
Birth*31 August 1895 Castlereagh, NSW1 
Baptism10 October 1895 Penrith Circuit, NSW;son of Henry Sheens & Emma Byrnes, Castlereagh
Minister W H Williams, Methodist2 
Death of Father6 July 1921 Castlereagh, NSW;
Name: Henry Sheens
Date of Death: 6 Jul 1921
Place of Death: Castlereagh, Municipality of Castlereagh NSW
Occupation: Farmer
Sex: Male
Age: 76
Conjugal Status:
Place of Birth: Louth, Lincolnshire England
Time in Aust Colonies: About 72 years in NSW

Father: Samuel Sheens
Occupation: Shipwright
Mother: Jemima Lingard

Place of Marriage: Castlereagh NSW
Age at Marriage: 25
Name of Spouse: Emma Byrnes
Children of Marriage: George 49, Arthur 47, Peter 45, John 43, Isabel M 39, Eliza J 37, Allan 35, James 33, Alfred 31, Robert 25 living; 2 males, 1 female deceased
Informant: James Sheens, son, Castlereagh

Cause of Death: 1. Arterio Sclerosis 2. Chronic Parenchymatous Nephritis
Length of Illness: 2. 12 months
Medical Attendant: F C Higgins
Date last seen: 28 Jun 1921

Date of Burial: 7 Jul 1921
Place of Burial: Methodist Cemetery Castlereagh
Minister & Religion: S C Roberts, Methodist
Undertaker: John Price and Son
Witnesses: A E Elkington, George Clarke;Principal=Henry Sheens3 
Death of Mother26 December 1927 Castlereagh, NSW;
Name: Emma Sheens
Date of Death: 26th December 1927
Place of Death: Castlreagh Municipality
Age: 77
Conjugal Status:
Place of Birth: Penrith NSW
Time in Aust Colonies:

Father: Samuel Byrnes
Occupation: Carrier
Mother: Eliza Lewis

Place of Marriage: Castlereagh NSW
Age at Marriage: 19
Name of Spouse: Henry Sheens
Children of Marriage: George 56, Arthur 53, Peter 51, Isabella M 45, Eliza J 42, Allan 41, James 39, Alfred 37, Robert 32 living; 3 males and 1 female deceased
Informant: James Sheens, son, Castlereagh

Cause of Death: Abdominal neoplasm
Length of Illness:
Medical Attendant: F C Higgins
Date Last Seen: 23rd December 1927

Date of Burial: 27th December 1927
Place of Burial: Methodist Cemetery Castlereagh
Minister & Religion: W J Stuart-Wright, Methodist
Undertaker: J Price & Son
Witnesses: W E Lance, J Grant

Registered: 28th December 1927 Penrith;Principal=Emma Byrnes4 
Photo Castlereagh, NSW;
Robert Sheens
Photos courtesy of Maria Quigley
Death*19 December 1942 Castlereagh Road, Penrith, NSW;
SHEENS.-December 19, 1942, suddenly, Robert Sheens, of Castlereagh Road, via Penrith, son of the late Henry and Emma Sheens, aged 47 years.6 
Obituary*24 December 1942 "The Nepean Times", Penrith, NSW;
After taking suddenly ill on Friday, Mr Robert Sheens, of Castlereagh, died in Nepean District Hospital on Saturday, at the age of 47 years. Deceased, who had been employed by Mr Ernest Field, Castlereagh, for the last 20 years, was at work as usual on Friday, though he complained of being unwell, stating that he had pains in his arms and chest. He came into Penrith on his bike on Friday night. Mr Dave Byrnes was with him part of the way home, but after that Mr Sheens was overcome with his illness and next morning was found on the roadside by Mr George Byrnes, when coming to work. He was taken to the residence of his brother, Mr Jim Sheens, where he resided. His condition not improving on Saturday morning, he was taken to Nepean District Hospital, where he passed away in the afternoon.
Deceased was a son of the late Henry and Emma Sheens and was unmarried. He was born at Castlereagh and lived for years in the old home of the family. He was very well known in the district and highly esteemed. Brothers and sisters are: Arthur (Emu Plains), Jim (Castlereagh), Alan (Penrith), George (Penrith), Mrs Major Stanton (Sydney), and Mrs Willett (Lambridge).
The funeral took place on Monday morning, in the Methodist Cemetery, Castlereagh, and was largely attended. The service was conducted by Rev. A. J. Cutler.7 
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=Edith Maria Sheens8
Headstone Samuel, Henry, Edith, Henry, Emma, Robert Sheens


  1. [S41] NSW Wesleyan Baptism Registers, 1788-1855 ",35660/1895 Robert Skeens."
  2. [S199] NSW Penrith Methodist Baptism Registers, 1860-1964 ",35660/1895 Robert Skeens."
  3. [S107] NSW Death Transcript (Marilyn Rowan), 14648/1921 Henry Sheens.
  4. [S106] NSW Death Certificate, 22784/1927 Emma Sheens.
  5. [S389] Maria Quigley photographs.
  6. [S154] Australian Newspapers,, The Sydney Morning Herald, Monday 21 December 1942.
  7. [S154] Australian Newspapers,, The Nepean Times, Thursday, December 24, 1942.
  8. [S175] Monumental inscription Castlereagh Methodist Cemetery (Old Castlereagh Road, Castlereagh).