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In Dapto NSW on “Residential - construction...” at 161 Princes Highway, Dapto NSW 2530:

Laurel O'Brien commented

This was the home of former convict John Reed, who did many amazing things for the people of Kiama and Dapto. He was a generous man who donated large sums of money to various causes, the Irish Famine Relief Fund, Dr Thomas' Surgical Instruments fund at Albert Memorial Hospital, the Indian Famine Relief Fund, Dapto Agricultural Society, Bulli Relief Fund and he donated the land for Reed Park. John Reed campaigned against the removal of the Council Chambers from Dapto and other council injustices and he would not approve of his home being demolished. John Reed was born in 1825 in Somersetshire. He was transported to Australia in 1841 as a convict. He was described as 5' 3", 18 years old, farm labourer. He could read and write. He had been found guilty of housebreaking. He suffered several lashings in Tasmania and was sentenced to the chain gang in a coal mine due to misdemeanours and escape attempts. One of the accusations in Tasmania was 'having vegetables improperly in his possession'. He was also accused of using indecent language, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, misconduct with cakes in the bakehouse and lighting a fire in a hut because he was freezing. He received his Certificate of Freedom in 1855, married his first wife and travelled to the Illawarra from Hobart. John Reed died in this house in 1914 aged 90. This history must be preserved, even if the house is moved to another location.

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