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Josiah Allen

Josiah Allen, one of 200 convicts transported on the Fame, 09 October 1816

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Josiah Allen
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1773
Occupation: Artist
Date of Death: 16th November, 1838
Age: 65 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Forgery
Convicted at: Lancaster Assizes
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Fame
Departure date: 9th October, 1816
Arrival date: 8th March, 1817
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 200 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 284
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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Community Contributions

D Wong on 31st August, 2018 wrote:

23/3/1816 Lancaster Gazette:
Josiah Allen, for having in his possession, at Liverpool, divers articles for the purpose of marking forged Bank of England notes.
Mary Ann Allen, for uttering forged Bank of England notes, at Liverpool.

Wife Mary Ann Nicholls/Allen was tried and convicted with him and she arrived per ‘Lord Melville’ 1817, with their children.

Josiah Allen was 43 years old on arrival - his occupation was a Portrait Painter.

Native place: Kent.

1822 Census: Josiah was 61.
Allen, Josiah absolute pardon fame 14 years Painter
Allen, Josiah age 8 came free Lord Melville, child to J. Allen -
Allen, Martha 13 came free Lord Melville child to J. Allen - d 1887
Allen, Benjamin age 4 born in the colony, child of J. Allen Sydney
Allen, Ann age 11 came free Lord Melville, child to J. Allen Sydney
Allen, Harriett age 2 born in the colony child to Jos. Allen Sydney - d 1888 - In 1841 she married Charles Rodius (1802-1860) who was also a painter and convict.
Allen, Henry age 9 came free Lord Melville child to Jos. Allen Sydney -d 1870
Allen, Ann absolute pardon Lord Melville 14 years wife of J. Allen Sydney.

Josiah was 5’6½” tall, ruddy complexion, brown hair, grey eyes.

31/1/1820: CP
28/11/1821: Absolute Pardon

16/11/1838: Josiah Allen died, aged 77 (NSW BDM).

Josiah was a portrait and miniatre painter, decorator and drawing teacher.  He advertised in Sydney as a portrait painer and drawing teacher, he was living at 47 Pitt Street, Sydney.

September 1832: Josiah painted the Lords’ cricket ground in London for the Cricketers’ Hotel

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 31st August, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1773 (prev. 0000), date of death: 16th November, 1838 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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