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Reid, Daniel (1785–1869)

Daniel Reid (Read/Reed), a farmer's boy, was sentenced to life transportation. He arrived in Sydney in 1814 aboard the Surrey. According to the ship's indent he was 5 feet 5¾ inches (167.5 cms) tall; with a fair, pale complexion; light brown hair; and hazel eyes. He was assigned to James Ruse as a servant and later married Ruse's adopted daughter Anne.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Read, Daniel
  • Reed, Daniel

Essex, England


2 August, 1869 (aged ~ 84)
Burrowa, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

general debility

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Passenger Ship
Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: life