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Emanuel Allen

Emanuel Allen, one of 200 convicts transported on the England, 31 March 1832

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Emanuel Allen
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1812
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 7th March, 1840
Age: 28 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Theft
Convicted at: London Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: England
Departure date: 31st March, 1832
Arrival date: 18th July, 1832
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 199 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 293 (147)
Source description: 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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Dianne Jones on 17th May, 2021 wrote:

1832, 16 February: Emanuel Allen, aged 20, was tried at the Old Bailey:

Transcript of his trial: “529. EMANUEL ALLEN was indicted for stealing, on the 11th of January, 1 purse, value 10s.; 27 sovereigns, 4 half-sovereigns, 3 half-crowns, one 10l. and one 5l. Bank notes, and an order for payment of and value 185l., the goods of Benjamin Solomons, from the person of Elizabeth Solomons.

ELIZABETH SOLOMONS: I am the wife of Benjamin Solomons. On the 11th of January, between eleven and twelve o’clock in the morning, I was in Leadenhall-street, coming towards Bread-street - I had a purse in my reticule, containing twenty-seven sovereigns, four half-sovereigns, three half-crowns, a 10l. and 5l. Bank note, and a draft on Maberly’s, of Bread-street, for 185l. I observed three men just by the India-house; they walked hastily by me - one of them turned round, and looked at me very attentively; that was the prisoner - he then talked to his companions, and he also turned round and looked at me attentively; they walked in that manner, turning round now and then, till they came to Leadenhall-market, and then they all three stopped; I walked on, and did not see any more of them till I came to the corner of Gracechurch-street - I had observed them look at me several times; I was waiting at the corner of Gracechurch-street for the carriages to pass - several persons were waiting to cross; they all stood with their backs towards me; I suddenly felt several persons surround me - I had my right hand at the bottom of my bag, and removed my right hand to extricate myself from the crowd, and suddenly felt a person’s hand round my waist; I at that moment considered it an act of rudeness, and turned round to see who it was - I am quite positive it was the prisoner; I told him to be gone, as I considered it rude - he of course went off; I felt very much confused, and did not at that moment consider I was robbed - I crossed, and at the other corner I instantly discovered that my reticule had been cut, and the purse taken out; this was almost immediately after I felt the hand round my waist - I hastened across the road as quick as possible; it might be two or three minutes - I was very much alarmed, and said, “Oh, dear, I have been robbed!” several persons came round, and said,“Of what?” I did not know who they were - I instantly went to the banking-house to stop payment of the draft, and by their advice went to the Mansion-house; I have never seen any of the property - on the 25th I was sent for to the Mansion-house, as several persons were in custody, to see if I could identify any of them; I saw the prisoner among others, and am certain of him - I told the Lord Mayor he was the person who had his hand round my waist.

Cross-examined by MR. BODKIN: Q. Where do you live? A. At No. 5, New-road, St. George in the East -I had come from home that day, and walked all the way alone; nobody had interrupted me before - I did not come along Whitechapel, but through Prescott-street, into the Minories; I had nothing else in my reticule but my handkerchief and card-case - here is the reticule; I had called on a tenant a short distance from home, and received four sovereigns, which I put into my purse, and after that had no occasion to open the reticule - I held it with the string twisted round my hand; it is very small- I had a cloak on; it was a beaded purse - I saw a man who was taken with the prisoner; I could not positively swear to him, but if I saw the other I should recollect him; nothing attracted my attention but their rudeness in looking at me several times; I was told to attend at the Mansion-house, as several were in custody, and perhaps I might recollect some of them - I described the person who had robbed me, and a stout gentleman said,“I don’t think he is here;” I then went up stairs - I did not see the prisoner till he was brought before the Lord Mayor; several others were brought up first - I said I did not know them; the prisoner was then brought with one rather taller - I thought that was one by his dress, but could not recollect sufficiently to swear to him, as I never saw his face, but I saw the faces of the other two; my handkerchief did not come out of my reticule - I cannot say whether the purse could have remained in it after it was cut; it was not cut before I got to Gracechurch-street, for I had it in my hand, and felt my purse in it - I had used my handkerchief coming along, but cannot recollect where; the purse was at the bottom of the reticule - it was exactly a fortnight before I saw the prisoner in custody; he had a hat on in the street, but not at the Mansion-house - I noticed him very much, because I considered him very rude; I described two of the persons at the Mansion-house the day it happened - one had a stye on his eye.

COURT: Q. Till the person’s arm was round your waist, your hand was at the bottom of your reticule? A. Yes - the purse contained 20l. in gold, and would have dropped into my hand if it had been cut then.

BENJAMIN STONE: I am an officer. I received orders to take all persons into custody who I saw in the street and knew to be bad characters; the prisoner was in custody - the prosecutrix came to the Mansion-house, and saw him in the Justice-room at the bar, with another, and identified him.

Cross-examined: Q. He was placed at the bar with another? A. Yes, not mixed with people in the Court; she had seen several others, and did not identify them.

Prisoner’s Defence: I never saw the lady in my life.

GUILTY. Aged 20. - Transported for Life” (see https://www.oldbaileyonline.org/).

Dianne Jones on 17th May, 2021 wrote:

OCCUPATION: Labourer and boatman (see https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON18-1-6$init=CON18-1-6p118).

D Wong on 17th May, 2021 wrote:

Emanuel Allen was listed as 25 years old on arrival. (He gave his age as 20 on arrest in Dec 1831. This was untrue since he was transported in 1825, aged 20. He reverts to his real age in Hobart).

Place of Birth: London.

Occupation: Labourer/boatman.

“I am not married woman came to see me” {Single}.

Emanuel was 5’3½” tall, brown hair, grey eyes.

1832 Muster: Assigned to Mr. H. Robertson.
18323-35 Musters: Public Works.

7/3/1840: Emanuel Allen died in custody.

Convict Changes History

Dianne Jones on 17th May, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1812 (prev. 0000), gender: m

Dianne Jones on 17th May, 2021 made the following changes:

occupation, crime

D Wong on 17th May, 2021 made the following changes:

date of death: 7th March, 1840 (prev. 0000)

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