Shearman was educated at Orange High School. After World War II service with the Royal Australian Air Force he studied for the priesthood at St John’s Theological College, Morpeth. Ordained in 1950, his first post was a curacy at Dubbo. Later he was Warden of St John’s Hostel, Forbes then Rector of Coonabarabran. His last post before being ordained to the episcopate was as Archdeacon of Mildura. In 1963 he became Bishop of Rockhampton, a post he held for eight years. After two years as Chairman of the Australian Board of Missions he became Bishop of Grafton in 1973, serving until 1985. He resigned his holy orders in 2003 and was later defrocked.
Shearman was the subject of a submission to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
- Who's Who 2008: London, A & C Black, 2008 ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
- The Times, 25 May 1963; p10, "New Bishop of Rockhampton"
- Crockford's Clerical Directory1975-76 Lambeth, Church House, 1976 ISBN 0-19-200008-X
- St Margaret’s, Mildura
- Victoria Government Gazette
- Anglican archives Archived April 10, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
- Grafton Yearbook
- Ecclesiastical Law Society
- The Age
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