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David Reid R.N.


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David Reid R.N.

Convict Ship Surgeon-Superintendent

Date of Seniority Royal Navy 8 April 1799

David Reid was entered in the Navy List of Medical Officers in 1814.

Surgeon Superintendent

David Reid was employed as Surgeon Superintendent on three convict ship voyages to Australia:

Baring to NSW in 1815
Baring to NSW in 1819
Providence to VDL and NSW in 1822

The Baring departed England on 20 April 1815, called at Madeira and Rio de Janeiro and arrived in Port Jackson on 17 September 1815 with male 298 prisoners.

The Baring on her second voyage in 1819 departed England in December 1819 and arrived in Port Jackson on 26 June 1819.

The Providencearrived in Port Jackson via Hobart on 7th January 1822. David Reid departed the colony on the Tiger in March 1822


David Reid returned to Australia on the Mariner with his family in 1823 and settled in Australia. He was on the List of Surgeons of the Royal Navy unfit for service in 1841


Find out more at the Australian Dictionary of Biography entries for David and Robert Reid, sons of David Reid R.N.,


David Reid died in 1840. The Colonist reported his death - At Inverary Park, on the 6th instant, David Reid, Esq., J.P., Surgeon in the Royal Navy, in the 65th year of his age. He had been one of the first settlers, and was the oldest Magistrate in the southern country; his death is a public loss—by it the colony is bereaved of an upright and zealous Magistrate, and society of a truly honest man.

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Below is an extract from the obituary of David Reid, son of Dr. David Reid R.N.,

Mr. David Reid of Moorwatha, who died on Monday morning, was 85 years of age, and almost to the last hour of his life was in possession of the fullest mental and bodily vigour compatible with his advanced years. Taken suddenly ill about 2 o'çlock, he died at 3. Mr. Reid was one of the oldest colonist of New South Wales, and also one of the earliest settlers of the Border districts.

Dr. Reid, his father, was surgeon in the Royal Navy, serving in the early part of the last century in the Bellerephon. At the close of the Peninsular War complaints had been made of the severe mortality on convict ships bound for 'Botany Bay.' At the instance of Governor Macquarie the Transport Board decided to select one of the best naval surgeons to take charge of the next batch of convicts, and Sir William Knighton, Physician of the Fleet, chose Dr. Reid, who accordingly came out in the
Baring. The experiment proved successful, and Dr. Reid made several trips, coming out the third time in a vessel called The Providence, laden with female convicts.

Dr. Reid, was then induced by the representations of Governor Macquarie to settle permanently in the colony, and in 1823 he brought out his family, including the subject of this memoir, then a child. Young David was sent to the King's School, Sydney, where he was the school- fellow of many men who have since attained celebrity.

Dr. Reid settled down to pastoral pursuits at Inverary, near Goulburn, and some 15 years later sent his son to Manaro to deliver a mob of cattle purchased by J. Gardiner, who had just returned from his first trip to Port Phillip Mr. Gardiner, it may be mentioned was one of the first party who took stock overland to Port Phillip, the other members of the quartette being Messrs. Ebden, Joseph Hawdon, and Captain Hepburn
......continue Albury Banner and Wodonga Express 11 May 1906



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