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William Rees

William Rees, one of 350 convicts transported on the Coromandel, 25 June 1838

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Rees
Aliases: William Reeves
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1804
Occupation: Stonemason
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 10 years

Crime: Larceny
Convicted at: Monmouth Quarter Session
Sentence term: 10 years
Ship: Coromandel
Departure date: 25th June, 1838
Arrival date: 26th October, 1838
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 349 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/11, Page Number 289 (146)
Source description: This record is one of the entries in the British convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database compiled by State Library of Queensland from British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project.

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Anonymous on 7th July, 2011 wrote:

William Rees was my Gt. Gt. Gt. Grandfather.  I am descended from one of his three Welsh children, William, by his wife, Mary Jones.  The convict William was born in Bettws Newydd (Clytha), Monmouthshire, in 1804, to a Margaret Rees.  He was a stonemason by trade.  He was arrested in December 1837 for the theft of 2 sheep, tried January 1st 1838, found guilty and sentenced to 10 years transportation.  He was held aboard the prison hulk, Ganymede, before being sent out to VDL aboard the Coromandel, landing in Hobart in October 1838.  He is recorded in 1841 as being employed to build a bridge, and at the 1846 musters he is recorded as having, "absconded." His hulk records say he was a "bad character." I believe he may have left VDL for Victoria, in 1853-ish, perhaps for the goldrush.  He had descendants - one of them came to Wales during WWI, to a town called Blaenavon, where the Rees family were settled by then, however, the family sent him packing, embarrassed by a convict relative.  My Grandfather remembered this unusual visit, and this is how we in Wales found out we had a convict ancvestor.  I have always wanted to find my Austrlian family, so if you are researching William, and find this, please get in touc at suelwinch[at]btinternet[dot]com.

Susan Winch on 1st October, 2013 wrote:

The Jury, who tried William Rees, on 1 January 1838, at Usk Quarter Sessions, Monmouthshire, South Wales was as follows: ““Henry Williams, John Prichard, James Jones, William Davies, John Needs, Peter Potter, William Philips, Walter Griffiths, Isaac Karam, Edmund Edmunds & George Jarvis.”

Susan Winch on 1st October, 2013 wrote:

Monmouthshire Merlin Newspaper January 6 1838 (a newspaper of South Wales.

“Monmouthshire Quarter Sessions…William Rees was convicted of feloniously taking and leading away two sheep the property of the Rev. Thomas Williams of Clytha and sentenced to ten years transportation.”

Susan Winch on 1st October, 2013 wrote:

Indictment: Q1&P250; 0022. Gwent County Record Office

“Monmouthshire to wit. The Jurors for our Lady the Queen upon their oath present that William Rees late of the hamlet of Clytha in the said county, Labourer, on the twenty third day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty seven with Force and Arms, at the hamlet aforesaid, two wether sheep of the price of two pounds and two other sheep of the price of two pounds of the Goods and chattels of one Thomas Williams then and there being found, feloniously did steal, take and drive away against the Peace of our Lady the Queen her Crown and Dignity. Larceny JS, Thoams Williams prosecutes this bill.” On Reverse: “Witnesses James Arthur, Richard Richards, John Jones, Patrick Cusack, James Harris, James Roper, Sworn in Court. True Bill.”

Susan Winch on 1st October, 2013 wrote:

Calendar of Prisoners 1 Janua 1838. Gwent County Record Office.

“Monmouthshire to wit. Calendar of the Prisoners in the House of Correction, in Usk for Trial at the Sessions to be held in the Town Hall in Usk on Monday the 1st January 1838. Philip Jones esq. High Sheriff…No. 37, William Rees, sheep stealing, aged 33, read imp. [imperfect] committed December 27th 1837, by William Powell and G.W. Gabb, Clerks and the Honorable William Rodney, charged by the oaths of Ric. Richards, Patrick Cusack and others with feloniously stealing , taking and leading away two sheep, the property of Thomas Williams, of the hamlet of Clytha [very close to Bettws Newydd] in the county , clerk.” [in margin’ “Transported for 10 years. Note that Thomas Williams was a clergyman.

Susan Winch on 1st October, 2013 wrote:

Physical Description: Convict Record Tasmaina. CON 18. 1842?

“Name William Rees. Age 38; Trade Stonemason; Height 5’ 91/2 “; Hair Brown; Eyes Grey; Whiskers brown; eyebrows brown; visage oval [he may have therefore resembled his son, William, who has a very oval face from the photograph of him]; forehead mid; chin long; mouth hid; remarks none.”

Glyn Rees on 25th February, 2014 wrote:

Mainly looking to contact Susan Winch. I have found her Rees family history by accident on the web, and intrigued that my Grandfather was a Rees and my Grandmother a Steed. My father has many times mentioned about a family member who was found guilty of livestock theft in the UK. Dad’s father came to Australia from Wales. I am wondering if William is an ancestor of mine in a form. If you see this Susan, you can reach me on glynrees@bigpond.com.au

Convict Changes History

Susan Winch on 1st October, 2013 made the following changes:

alias1, date of birth 1804, gender, occupation, crime

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