Percy Charles Shearn was the only child of Charles Henry Francis Shearn (c.1845-1917) and his wife Mary Ann Richards (1844-1922). He was born on 14 Nov 1873 at St Leonards and was educated at the Launceston High School and Technical College. He was a successful student and exhibited in the arts section of the Tasmanian Exhibition of 1891-92 and won several awards. He was an assistant class teacher at the St John's Anglican Church Sunday School.
During the mining boom of 1891 Percy assisted his father in the management of several mining companies. Then, to the distress of his family and friends Percy became ill and confined himself to his room. He appeared to be recovering, but died suddenly from tuberculosis and narcotic poisoning on 9 Mar 1893 at the age of 19. He was buried at the Charles Street Cemetery, but was moved to Carr Villa in 1917 when his father died. His mother was buried with her husband and son in 1922. See The Examiner 22 Jul 2006, p.38.