David Rees (1821-?)
Transported on the Gilmore in 1843 for the ‘manslaughter of John Bolan in a row in Swansea’, David Rees stated his occupation as a ‘puddler’, a skilled craftsman who manipulated pig iron in a furnace to create wrought iron or steel. He was 5 foot 7 ½ inches tall, and he bore a tattoo that read ‘David Rees Sarah Gill’. Even so, he was recorded as being a single man.
In Tasmania David was assigned on the East Coast, first at Steiglitz, then in the Fingal Valley. In 1854 he married Ann Oliver, herself the child of a convict, the Londoner George Oliver who’d been transported for stealing £5. Two years later, and two weeks after birth of their first child William, David Rees received his Conditional Pardon. The marriage of David and Ann Rees produced twelve children.