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Sarah Allen, one of 122 convicts transported on the Broxbournebury, January 1814
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
|Date of Birth:
|Date of Death:
||18th May, 1825
life span was 57 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to 7 years
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 148
||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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Beth Kebblewhite on 31st July, 2019 wrote:
1825, 2 June –
“On Sunday last an Inquest was held on the body of Sarah Allen (or Hellen), who met her death on Saturday night last, in consequence of a quarrel between her and her intended husband, Wm. Chapman.—It appeared Chapman was drinking in the Green Man Public-house that night, where the deceased followed him about 8 o’clock; when Chapman (being offended with such a liberty) abused the unfortunate creature in very foul language;—knocked her down, and kicked her while down;—the unfortunate woman was ultimately conveyed home in a wheel-barrow, in a dying state, as from the injuries received she was unable to walk home, on Sunday morning the poor woman was a corpse. It would seem that the deceased came by her death in consequence of the effusion of blood from a kick given by Chapman, in the heat of passion caused by her following him to the Public-house. The Inquest sat until 4 o’clock, and after viewing the body, and the scene where the quarrel originated (the Green Man), a Verdict was returned to the effect following:— “Deceased met her death in consequence of blows, and ill-treatment received from William Chapman.”— Query. Is he not to be tried for such brutality!” (Source: “Sydney Gazette”, 02/06/1825, p3)
1825, 3 Oct. –
“Supreme Criminal Court
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30.
Before the CHIEF JUSTICE
William Chapman was indicted for the wilful murder of Sarah Allen, on the 28th of May last.
The ATTORNEY GENERAL stated the case for the prosecution, and proceeded to call the following witnesses :
John Basset examined.-Knows the prisoner ; saw the deceased last alive at the public-house called the Green Man, in George-street, about 8 o’clock on the evening of the 28th of May last ; the prisoner was sitting there when the deceased carne in, and asked him if he was coming home ; he told her to go and mind her own affairs, and struck her with his open hand on the side of the head ; witness asked him why he struck the deceased ? The prisoner replied, that if he (witness) interfered between him and his wife, be would serve him the same way ; he then jumped up, and pushed her out of the room; and, as she ascended the steps, he gave her a kick or two; witness did not see anything further pass.
By the COURT.-She did not fall nor stagger from the kick ; she continued to go ; the prisoner followed after her.
Richard Jones examined.-Was present at the public-house called the Green Man, on the evening of the 28th of May last, and corroborated the evidence of the last witness.
John Mouton examined.-Is landlord of the public-house called the Green Man ; Chapman was in the house on the evening of the 28th of May ; the deceased came in about 8 o’clock, and the prisoner seemed very angry that she should come after him ; witness was in his bar, and did not see any blow given, but on hearing high words between the prisoner and the deceased, he came into the room, and saw a man named, David White, keeping the prisoner away from the deceased ; they then went out, and witness heard a great noise outside the house, and a number of people gathered; did not see what took place without ; the prisoner and the deceased returned again into the house ; the deceased sat down and appeared very ill ; she begged to be taken home, and some of the persons who were present procured a wheelbarrow in which she was removed ; witness saw some blood on the seat where the deceased sat the next morning.
Dr. Wm. Bland examined.-Saw the body of the deceased after it had been dead about 12 hours : there were some extensive bruises on the right side of the head, on the loins, and on the lower extremities; there was also a mark of some violent blow in the private parts ; the death appeared to have arisen from a mixed cause, partly from the injury she had received, and partly from the state of health she appeared to have been in ; on examination of the head and stomach, there were appearances of a chronic disease ; the liver was also diseased ; she was altogether in an emaciated state ; she would not have died at the time if those blows bad not been inflicted; but there were no marks of any injury that would have caused death in a healthy person.
John Hall examined.-Remembers seeing the prisoner and the deceased on the evening of the 28th of May last, in the street, close to the Green Man public house; they were quarrelling; saw the prisoner strike the deceased ; she fell ; the prisoner desired her to get up, and kicked at her as she lay on the ground; she cried out that she was much hurt; the prisoner seemed sorry for what he had done, and assisted to place her in a wheelbarrow, in which she was taken away.
James Bennet examined -Lives next to the Green Man in George-street ; remembers the evening of the 28th of May ; heard the prisoner and the deceased disputing in the street, outside the door of the public-house, about 8 o’clock on that evening ; the prisoner said he would not suffer any bl—dy w—e, or b—h to come over him ; witness then went into the house, and on his return to the door, he saw the prisoner bearing the prisoner on his arm; she was requesting him to take her home ; witness thought she was tipsy ; saw blood the next morning for the distance of 20 yards from the place where the deceased was leaning on the arm of the prisoner; has no doubt but it was blood from the deceased.
James Willbow examined.—Is district constable ; the prisoner and the deceased lived together as man and wife; a report was made to witness that the deceased had been murdered; -witness repaired to the residence of the prisoner in Cockle-bay, and made a strict search for any weapon with which the deceased might have come by her death, but found none; the prisoner seemed very sorry, but did not deny that there had been some words between them ; witness saw the wheelbarrow in which the deceased was brought, home ; it was much stained with blood ; the shoes of the deceased lay under the bedstead, and were also covered with blood ; witness took the prisoner into custody ; he made no resistance.
The prisoner, when called upon for his defence, merely said that he left his cause in the hands of the Almighty, who knew that he was innocent of any murderous intent.
The CHIEF JUSTICE summed up the evidence, and stated that it was a case entirely depending upon circumstances, but that, in his opinion, the essential ingredient of malice aforethought, necessary to constitute the crime of murder, was wanting; his impression was that the prisoner was guilty of manslaughter.-The Jury retired for a short time, and brought a verdict-Guilty of manslaughter. Remanded.” (Source: “Sydney Gazette”, 03/10/1825, p3)
1825, 30 Sep. -
CHAPMAN, William. Per “Admiral Gambier”, 1808. Convicted of manslaughter; to be transported for two years. On return of prisoners tried before the Supreme Court of New South Wales (Source: SRNSW Col Sec Papers, Fiche 3298; X727 p.13)
1825, 15 Oct. -
CHAPMAN, William. Per “Admiral Gambier”, 1808. Tried for murder; convicted of manslaughter. On return of prisoners tried, convicted and sentenced by the Supreme Court (Source: SRNSW Col Sec Papers, Fiche 3298; X730 p.19)
1825, 17 to 20 Oct. –
The following prisoners received the judgment of the Court. William Chapman, convicted of manslaughter, sentenced to be transported to a penal settlement for a term of two years.” (Source: “The Australian”, 20/10/1825, p4. “Sydney Gazette”, 17/10/1825, p2 stated he was to be sent to Port Macquarie)
Convict Changes History
Beth Kebblewhite on 31st July, 2019 made the following changes:
date of birth: 1774 (prev. 0000), date of death: 18th May, 1825 (prev. 0000), occupation, crime
Beth Kebblewhite on 1st November, 2019 made the following changes: