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John Allen

John Allen, one of 210 convicts transported on the Blundell, 13 March 1844

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Allen
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1818
Occupation: Nail maker
Date of Death: 1st July, 1878
Age: 60 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Burglary
Convicted at: Derby Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Blundell
Departure date: 13th March, 1844
Arrival date: 12th July, 1844
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 208 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/14, Page Number 23 (13). --0-- http://foundersandsurvivors.org/pubsearch/convict/chain/ai00687
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 28th May, 2022 wrote:

TRIAL:

24 July, 1843: Convicted at Derby Assizes of burglary—sentenced to transportation for life. No previous convictions are recorded here (https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON33-1-78$init=CON33-1-78p7).

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Dianne Jones on 28th May, 2022 wrote:

NEWSPAPER report of the trial:

“ANTHONY WESTON, aged 58, and JOHN ALLEN, aged 22, were charged with burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling house, between the hours of twelve and one o’clock in the night of the 22nd of May, at Windley, and stealing therefrom one £5 note, nine sovereigns, several pieces of silver coin, and three guns, the property of William Smith. The parties also violently assaulted the prosecutor. — The Jury returned a verdict of Guilty against both prisoners. They were sentenced to be transported for life.” (Sheffield Independent, 29 July, 1843, p5)

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Dianne Jones on 28th May, 2022 wrote:

NORFOLK ISLAND & VDL:

Listed as convict #18068, he said he had been transported for burglary and stealing £19 from Mr Smith, but he said “I know nothing about it. I am innocent.” He was born in 1818, native place Belper, Derbyshire; nailor by trade, able to read, married and Protestant (http://foundersandsurvivors.org/pubsearch/convict/chain/ai00687).

Family: Wife Mary, father Samuel, brothers William and Samuel, and sisters Charlotte and Eliza—all at his native place (https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON17-1-2$init=CON17-1-2P36).

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Dianne Jones on 28th May, 2022 wrote:

April, 1847: Taken off Norfolk Island per Pestongee Bomangee and sent to VDL. Variously at work stations on the Tasman Peninsula and Port Arthur.

7 August, 1848: PPH (Probation Pass Holder) Class 3 (https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON33-1-78$init=CON33-1-78p7).

September 24, 1854: Ticket of Leave issued.

September 16, 1856: Received a Conditional Pardon (http://foundersandsurvivors.org/pubsearch/convict/chain/ai00687)

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Dianne Jones on 28th May, 2022 wrote:

EMPLOYMENT:

1849, 1850, 1851: Employed by Henry Lewis
1854: Thomas Jones
1854: Henry Lewis (https://talis.ent.sirsidynix.net.au/client/en_AU/names/search/results?qu=NI_NAME=“Allen, John”)

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Dianne Jones on 28th May, 2022 wrote:

COLONIAL CONVICTION:

5 June, 1873: Convicted in the Supreme Court, Launceston, for perjury—sentenced to 3 years.

Notation on Conduct record: “If conduct good to 4 June next residue of sentence to be remitted.” (https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON33-1-78$init=CON33-1-78p7)

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Dianne Jones on 28th May, 2022 wrote:

OTHER:

Family records show he married Mary Butler (per Lord Auckland 1849) at Hobart, in June 1853. Earlier convict records list him as married before his transportation. For further details, see http://foundersandsurvivors.org/pubsearch/convict/chain/ai00687.

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Dianne Jones on 28th May, 2022 wrote:

DEATH:

Last confirmed sighting 1873. Common name. Possible death, based on age:

Name: John Allen

Death Date: 1 Jul 1878

Death Place: Tasmania

Age: 58

Registration Year: 1878

Registration Place: Hobart, Tasmania

Registration number: 1356

Estimated Birth Year: abt 1820

last address: Cascades (http://foundersandsurvivors.org/pubsearch/convict/chain/ai00687)

Dianne Jones on 28th May, 2022 wrote:

FOOTNOTE:

John ALLEN’s co-accused, Anthony WESTON, who was also sentenced to transportation for life, never left England. Deemed to be a “very bad character and suspected of other robberies, once in prison before, bad connexions”, he served time on the prison hulks Justitia (to 1849) and Stirling Castle.

It was from the Stirling Castle hulk, on 9 August, 1851, that he was discharged having been granted a “Free Pardon”, presumably on the grounds of his medical condition—“palpitation of heart” (UK, Prison Commission Records, 1770-1951; Misc.; Register of Prisoners; 1774-1789).

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Convict Changes History

Dianne Jones on 27th May, 2022 made the following changes:

gender: m

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Dianne Jones on 28th May, 2022 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1818 (prev. 0000)

Dianne Jones on 28th May, 2022 made the following changes:

date of death: 1st July, 1878 (prev. 0000)

Dianne Jones on 28th May, 2022 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/14, Page Number 23 (13). --0-- http://foundersandsurvivors.org/pubsearch/convict/chain/ai00687 (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and P

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