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Robert Allen

Robert Allen, one of 401 convicts transported on the Glatton, September 1802

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Robert Allen
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1777
Occupation: Farmer
Date of Death: 31st August, 1847
Age: 70 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: -
Convicted at: Surrey Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Glatton
Departure date: September, 1802
Arrival date: 11th March, 1803
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 401 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 329 (164)
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

Leigh Ryan on 3rd June, 2014 wrote:

A Convict Transported for life from England on the Glatton arriving 1803. He was goaled in 1822. He died intestate and the 50 acres of land he owned was divided between his three sons each receiving 17 acres by transfer in 1849.

Robert Allen
Place of Burial:  North Parramatta RC Cemetry
Birth:  1777
Dublin, Dublin City, Dublin, Ireland
Death:  August 31, 1847 (70)
Pennant Hills, New South Wales, Australia
Immediate Family: 

Husband of Mary Allen nee Wright daughter of convicts Joseph Wright and Ellen Gott

Father of James Allen; Bartholomew Allen and Robert Allen

Denis Pember on 14th October, 2017 wrote:

In May 1799 Robert Allen and two other men were charged with highway robbery near Parramatta, but acquitted. The prosecutor, James Flavell claimed that he was on the road from Parramatta and was stopped and robbed by the three men.

When he married Mary Wright, she was only 14 years old and Robert was 38.  However, in many ways she was the strength behind the relationship.

Denis Pember on 14th October, 2017 wrote:

Robert and his wife Mary moved to land at West Pennant Hills shortly after their first child James was born in 1814. This 60 acres of land facing Castle Hill Road and between the present (1979) Highs Road and Coonara Avenue, and originally granted to James Reynolds in 1819, was officially gazetted to Robert in 1818. It was here that he built a weatherboard cottage and two more sons were born, Bartholomew in 1817 and Robert Jr in 1819.

In Feb 1821 Robert was charged with harbouring, aiding and abetting a gang of bushrangers led by William Geary. Geary had been the convict worker of a close neighbour of Allen and evidence was given that Allen had provided shelter to the gang in return for a share of stolen property. A free man, John Hathaway who worked for Allen and lived in his household testified that the bushrangers were welcomed into the house, and the stolen goods (calicoes, prints, nankeen, dungarees, a large bag of tea, crockery and some tobacco) were divided up amongst the outlaws and Robert Allen. Constables later searched the house and found the articles hidden in a box covered with sheaves of oats. Allen and a neighbour, Charles Franklin were found guilty but released on payment of £100 each, and remanded to appear at the next sitting of the Court of Criminal Jurisdiction. A few days later the bushrangers were captured, however they managed to escape whilst being transported to Sydney to face trial. They continued widespread looting and plundering in the Lane Cove and Pennant Hills area, and in March they raided the nearby property of William Bellamy and Ann Fay and stole a musket, bayonet, cutlass and a powder horn. In July the Bellamy’s 19-year-old son James, while out shooting kangaroos, came across Geary and his accomplice Butler in the act of robbing Geary house of Hall at Pennant Hills. Young Bellamy “... commanded (Butler) to desist from running on pain of having his brains blown out”. Butler stopped to aim at Bellamy, who shot first and killed the bushranger instantly. William Geary escaped but was later captured, apparently on information unintentionally given by Robert Allen. Geary and his accomplices were found guilty and executed, Robert Allen was sentenced to transportation for life to Newcastle.

On 30 Aug 1821 Robert was on list of prisoners transported to Newcastle per “Elizabeth Henrietta”. He had been found guilty of harbouring, aiding and abetting a gang of bushrangers and sentenced to transportation for life to Newcastle.

On 23 Feb 1822 his wife petitioned the colonial secretary for mitigation of his sentence. Robert was transferred to Port Macquarie from Newcastle on 15 Sep 1823 aboard the ‘Mermaid’.

In 1824 Robert’s wife Mary petitioned that a convict servant be assigned to her. On 6 Apr 1824 Roberted petitioned the Colonial Secretary Frederick Goulburn for a pass to enquire about his wife in Castle Hill who was co-habiting with her Government servant:  This was probably the case and Mary subsequently had to raise three small children and took a position with James Maher at Castle Hill as a domestic servant, to whom she had 4 children.

Robert’s pardon in Feb 1833 gave the following particulars - height 5.5in, ruddy, freckled pock-pitted complexion, grey hair and eyes, several front teeth missing, left elbow dislocated and scar above same, middle finger right hand short and a labourer.
Mary refused to go back to him and it is likely that he returned to his farm at Castle Hill.

Convict Changes History

Leigh Ryan on 3rd June, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1777 (prev. 0000), date of death: 31st August, 1847 (prev. 0000), occupation

Denis Pember on 14th October, 2017 made the following changes:

gender: m

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