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David Press was born about 1837 in Wiveliscombe, Somerset, the fifth child of Daniel Press and Ethelinda Walmouth. He emigrated at age 12 with his family aboard the Una and arrived at Sydney on 22 November 1849.
He moved with his parents to the Bathurst district where the family settled on a farm. He worked with a horse and gig for a couple of years and later in the copper mines. He later worked on a farm and then as a carrier before he settled on his own 700 acre farm at Triangle Flat.
On 2 May 1866, at the age of 24 years, he married Susanna Baker at the Church of St Michael and St John in Bathurst. His wife was the 18 year old daughter of William Baker and Elizabeth Connor who lived at Dunn's Plains. Both signed the marriage register with a mark.
Their first child was Mary Jane, who was born at Triangle Creek on 24 October 1867. A further six children followed, including: Agnes, Joseph, David, Susannah, Susan Blanche.
David's wife Susan died on 14 October 1907, aged 59 years. David lived a further 11 years; he died on 31 August 1918 aged 84 years. They are both buried in the Triangle Creek cemetery.