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Patrick Reed

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Patrick Reed
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1784
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 27th September, 1872
Age: 88 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: -
Convicted at: Dublin City
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Guildford
Departure date: 14th November, 1817
Arrival date: 1st April, 1818
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 30 other convicts


Primary source: convict ships to NSW Australian Royalty
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Phil Hands on 12th July, 2017 wrote:

Tried and convicted in 1817 at Dublin, and received a life sentence.
Left Cork on 14th November 1817.
Ship:- the ‘Guildford’ sailed with 204 male convicts on board of which 8 died during the voyage.
Arrived on 1st April 1818.

He was initially sent to the convict settlement of Port Macquarie, before being assigned as a convict servant to former convict, John Pendergast, now a settler at Corowallis. John Pendergast arrived on the ‘Minerva’ in 1800, and was by this time a solid citizen and substantial settler with six children, the youngest being twin daughters Bridget and Charlotte. He was apparently most unimpressed when his daughter Bridget formed a romantic liaison with his convict servant, Patrick Read. According to family legend, John Pendergast refused permission for his daughter Bridget to marry Patrick, which would explain why they did not marry until 1831, the year Bridget came of age. Bridget’s brother James was apparently more sympathetic to their cause and by 1828, Patrick had a Ticket of Leave and was working for him, and Bridget and their first born son James, were all living on his property at Lower Portland Head. Patrick and Bridget eventually married on the 31st October 1831, the entry appears in the St.Albans Church of England Register, they had 15 children between 1827-1857.

In 1829, Patrick purchased a ten-acre farm on the Southern bank of the Hawkesbury, in the Parish of Cornelia, from John McCann. In 1838 he discovered that McCann in fact did not own the land, it was still Crown land. Having drained and fenced what he thought was his farm, and after a number of attempts to again purchase it, he was advised in 1842 that it must go up for auction. The purchaser at auction was Patrick’s brother-in-law, James Pendergast. It would seem reasonable to suspect, that James was acting as an agent for Patrick and Bridget in this matter. Patrick was granted a Conditional Pardon in 1836.

Patrick Read died at Cockfighters Creek, Wollombi, on the 27th September 1872, at the grand old age of eighty years, and was buried in the same plot as his daughter, Louisa Bridget Carroll. Their final resting, place is the Roman Catholic Cemetery at Wollombi, where their headstone can still be found. Bridget eventually went to live with her daughter Sarah Smith at Inverell, and died there on the 28th August 1885.

Convict Changes History

Phil Hands on 12th July, 2017 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 99 years, voyage, source: convict ships to NSW Australian Royalty (prev. ), firstname: Patrick, surname: Reed, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1784, date of death: 27th September, 1872, gender: m, occupation, cri

D Wong on 19th September, 2017 made the following changes:


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