Black Sheep Sunday - David Watson Bush.
David Watson Bush, my 3rd Great Grand Uncle born 8 April 1792 Norwich Norfolk England
David was a house painter living in London who on 9 December 1811 was convicted of Larceny,he stole clothes and was sentenced to life as he had previously offended. In May 1812 he was transported to Tasmania on the Indefatigable.
Two years later in 1819 he married Ann Guy described as a "free woman".
David and Ann had four children,Margaret born 1815,Mary Ann born 1817, John born 1818 and David Watson Bush Junior born 1832.
David worked as an incumbent to Reverend Robert Knopwood and became a model citizen and later quite the entrepeneur - working as a wine merchant,keeping the Tasmanian Inn which he owned.
Quoting from the Trove newspaper it reads "In the course of a prosperous and creditable career as a city Tradesman, Mr Bush aquired by his unassisted exertions a considerale amount of household property in Hobart Town.
It seems then that David Watson Bush was a model citizen and one wonders if the Reverend may have had a part in turning David's life around.
David died in 1866 aged 74 in Hobart.