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Alfred Allen, one of 250 convicts transported on the Ratcliffe, 25 July 1848
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
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life span was 61 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to 7 years
||York, Kingston upon Hull Boro Quarter Sessions
25th July, 1848
12th November, 1848
|Place of arrival
||Van Diemen's Land
Travelled with 249 other convicts
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/15, Page Number 326
||This record is one of the entries in the British convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database compiled by State Library of Queensland from British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project.
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tonycocks1 on 16th February, 2018 wrote:
Alfred Allen was born c1831 in the Parish of Holy Trinity, Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, the son of George Allen, and one of 7 children. The 1841 England Census has the family continuing to live at Holy Trinity. Details of his childhood contained in the Parkhurst Governor’s Log 1844, together with a full description of his behaviour and conduct while a prisoner, are reproduced in the following transcript:
Name: Alfred Allen
Reg. No: 149
Occupation: No Occupation
Date of Conviction: October 19 1844
Where convicted: Hull Sessions
Offence: Stealing a Half Crown
Sentence: Seven Years Transportation
When received: November 25 1844
Where from: Mill Prison
Character: Convicted of Felony twice.
Name & residence of father, mother and friends: Father, George Allen, Joiner,
Information about prisoner:
Father is a Carpenter at Hull. Mother died after hours after Prisoner’s birth.
Father married again in 1835. Prisoner has 4 brothers and 4 sisters, one brother
older than Prisoner. He attended school several years and learnt to read and write
pretty well. Was afterwards employed at home in cleaning knives and shoes for
the family and doing household work. He has been 5 times in custody 3 times for
theft and twice for sleeping out. Was first in Prison in March 1843 for stealing
sixpence from a house to which he had been sent with shoes. Was imprisoned one
month for that offence. Nine months afterwards he was apprehended for stealing
1/6 from a shop. Whipped and placed in solitary confinement for 14 days. In July
1844 he was apprehended for stealing 2/6 from the counter of a shop in George
Street, Hull, was convicted at the Sessions and sentenced to 7 years Transportation.
(The Hull Packet and East Riding Times published on 25/10/1844 carried this report of his trial:
An Incorrigible Youth
ALFRED ALLEN, of the tender age of thirteen, and a remarkably small
boy of his age, with an evident malformation to the front part of his head,
pleaded guilty to stealing a half crown, the property of Atkinson Giles. He
had been twice previously convicted of felony at the sessions, and had been
very frequently before the justices in petty sessions, for committing thefts,
and had been by them committed as a reputed thief.
The Recorder, on sentencing the prisoner to be transported seven years,
said that it was plainly no use to give him another chance of reformation in
Hull; but such a representation would be made to the Secretary of State as
would, in all probability, be the means of his being sent to a place where he
would be taught a trade.
There was another indictment against the prisoner, for assaulting, while in
prison, Edward Commander, a boy against whom he had formerly given
evidence, but no evidence was offered by counsel, and he was therefore pro
forma acquitted of the charge.
Remarks on prisoner’s conduct:
June 16 1845: B & W for dinner for a week – Talking in Ranks & general
Nov 10 1845: Confined 24 hours – Giving a fruit to Prisoner 566 in Lower
Dec 10 1845: Confined 3 days – Insubordinate & swearing when ordered into
Apr 22 1846: Confined 48 hours – Insolent and insolent in school immediately
May 18 1846: Solitary confinement 24 hours – Striking a fellow prisoner on head
the head with a board.
Aug 20 1846: Misconduct class 14 days – Disobedience of orders and
insubordination in school.
Aug 30 1846: Solitary confinement 3 days & 7 days misconduct class –
Scoffingly groaning at Mr Baker and causing disturbance in
Sept 22 1846: Confined 3 days & 10 misconduct class – Gross insubordination in
Jan 26 1847: Confined 3 quarter of a day – Disobedience in school.
Jan 29 1847: 3 days solitary & 3 days misconduct class – Insubordination in
Feb 7 1847: 2 days solitary & 5 days misconduct class – Misconduct at Sunday
School in Upper Prison.
Mar 3 1847: Whipped with 36 stripes & 2 days solitary – deliberately taking
Schoolmaster Braud’s handkerchief from his pocket and tearing it
up in pieces before him in the presence of all prisoners in school.
July 21 1848: Embarked on board the ship “Ratcliff”(sic) for Van Diemens Land.
The “Ratcliffe” sailed from Spithead on 29/07/1848 and eventually reached Hobart, Van Diemen’s Land on 11/11/1848 where Alfred Allen disembarked with a Ticket of Leave classification. The Surgeon during the voyage had no report to make on his behaviour. His continuing behaviour is described in his Conduct Record:
28/03/1849: Hobart: Felony (unspecified). Discharged and removed to Green
14/07/1849: Richmond: Larceny under £5: Existing sentence of
transportation extended 18 months.
21/08/1849: Ticket of Leave revoked.
08/02/1850: Cascades: Misconduct in using insolent language:14 days solitary.
20/02/1850: Cascades: Misconduct in damaging the wall of his cell: Existing
sentence of imprisonment and hard labour extended 2
05/11/1850: Prisoners’ Barracks Launceston: Disobedience of orders and
insolence: 14 days solitary.
09/08/1851: Prisoners’ Barracks Launceston: Disorderly conduct: 10 days
19/11/1851: Launceston: Insolence: 14 days solitary.
23/06/1852: Launceston: Misconduct in being out after hours: 10 days solitary.
03/01/1853: George Town: Disobedience of orders and insolence: 4 months
17/04/1853: Certificate of Freedom
No further details of Alfred Allen’s history have been retrieved.