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Thomas Allen

Thomas Allen, one of 304 convicts transported on the Sea Park, 30 December 1853

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Allen
Aliases: Jones, Brown
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1828
Occupation: Ag lab
Date of Death: 11th January, 1877
Age: 49 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 10 years

Crime: Wounding with intent
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: 10 years
Ship: Sea Park
Departure date: 30th December, 1853
Arrival date: 5th April, 1854
Place of arrival Western Australia
Passenger manifest Travelled with 304 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 93, Class and Piece Number HO11/18, Page Number 36
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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D Wong on 4th November, 2017 wrote:

Old Bailey:
THOMAS ALLEN, WILLIAM LOVEGROVE, GEORGE EMMETT, Breaking Peace > wounding, 26th November 1849.

Offence: Breaking Peace > wounding
Verdict: Not Guilty > unknown; Guilty > no_subcategory
Punishment: Transportation

THOMAS ALLEN, WILLIAM LOVEGROVE, and GEORGE EMMETT, feloniously shooting at Thomas Lawn, with intent to do him some grievous bodily harm; Allen having been before convicted.
MESSRS. HUDDLESTON and ROBINSON conducted the Prosecution,
THOMAS LAWN (policeman, V 222). I am stationed at Hanworth, Middlesex. On 7th Nov., about a quarter to nine o’clock at night, I was at Mr. Dawes’ farm there, and saw his foreman Webb—I heard the report of a gun about half-way down Hanworth Little Park—I and Webb went to the park and placed ourselves against a tree—in about ten minutes or a quarter of an hour I heard footsteps, and saw the prisoners within three or four yards of the tree, I threw my light on them, and started from the tree towards them—(I have known Lovegrove and Allen nine years, and Emmett two years; they live at Feltham)—Allen had a gun—directly I started, he held it up as high as his breast, not to his shoulder, and shot at me—I was not more than
two yards from him—he missed me, as I was moving about, scuffling with Emmett—it was quite dark; I could not have seen but for my light—Emmett had a short stick which he struck me with, when the gun was pointed—Allen and Lovegrove ran away—Webb began striking me in mistake in the dark, and Emmett, not knowing he was my assistant, said, “Give it them! give it them!”—Webb struck me on the arm, and I let go of Emmett—he got away—I picked up Allen’s cap—the prisoners were taken next night—I produce the bark of the tree—here are shot marks in it.
Cross-examined by MR. O’BRIEN. Q. Was the night dark? A. I have seen darker nights—the prisoners came from behind a tree about twenty-five yards from us; they all came up together—I was not more than a yard from the tree when Allen fired—I had seen the gun in his hand when I turned my light on; I was then three or four yards from him—my light covered all three of them—I did not tell Sanders, the policeman, I believed it was Allen; I said it was him—the bark was taken from the tree at about the height of a man’s breast—it is a tree where pheasants sometimes find shelter.
HENRY WEBB. I am foreman to Mr. Dawes, at Sir Frederick Pollock’s at Hanworth Little Park. I was with Lawn, heard the gun fired, and went with him to the tree—in ten minutes or a quarter of an hour we saw a man about twenty yards off, and two more came up as fast as they possibly could—when they were within three or four yards of the tree Lawn turned his light on, and I saw the prisoners—I had known Allen and Lovegrove five or six years—Allen had a gun—he held it up towards us, but not to his shoulder—it went off—I was between three and four yards from Lawn—Allen and Lovegrove walked away—Lawn caught hold of Emmett, scuffled with him, and knocked this stick out of his hand (produced)—I picked it up, and struck Lawn with it by mistake—Emmett called out, “Give it him! give it him!”—he got away—I am satisfied the prisoners are the men.
Cross-examined, Q. Did the light cover the whole of them? A. Yes, down to their feet, they stood so close together—when Lawn was struggling with Emmett, his light was hanging to his strap, and I could see the men very plainly—I struck Lawn on the arm and hat—I did not see the gun till I saw the fire come out of it—I saw it directly afterwards—I was three or four yards from the tree, and Lawn about the same distance—I searched under the tree for the shot, but found none—Allen had not his face towards us when he fired; he was turning to go away.
COURT. Q. How do you know the gun was half-way up to his shoulder? A. I saw the flash coming out of the muzzle, and afterwards picked up the paper.
GEOROE SANDERS (policeman, V 236). Lawn and Webb came to me and gave me this cap—it belongs to Emmett—I had him in custody before, when he claimed it and pointed out this mark on it to me, and said he had a cut on it.
Cross-examined. Q. How long before had you seen it? A. About ten days—I asked Lawn if he knew by whom the shot was fired—he said he believed it was by Allen.
ROBERT GRAHAM M’INTYRE (policeman). I took Emmett—he said he had been at the Bear, at Han worth, the night previous, with Allen and Lovegrove—I took Allen, and he said he had been at the Bear that night with the others—I also took Lovegrove—the Bear is about a mile from Hanworth Little Park. GEOROE DAWES. I am agent to Sir Frederick Pollock. I went to the tree next morning, and saw shot marks very clearly—they had taken the slant, not right into the tree but a little on one side—people would be trespassing at that
place—there is no road—they would have to get over two fences—there is a little game there.
Cross-examined. Q. Did you give orders for the bark to be brought here? A. Yes, there were more marks than this—the bark had been stripped off by the glance of the shot,
THOMAS BIRD . I have been a policeman—I produce a certificate of Allen’s conviction—(read—Convicted June, 1847, and confined six months)—I was present—he is the person.
LOVEGROVE and EMMETT— NOT GUILTY. (See New Court, Saturday.) ALLEN— GUILTY. Aged 24.— Transported for Ten Years.

Thomas Allen was listed as 26 years old on arrival.  He was single, brown hair, light blue eyes, fair complexion, stout made, mark on left shin.

5/4/1854: TOL

27/10/1872: Thomas died at New Norcia.

There is no listing of the death on the WA BDM, but found the following, the dates are a little off, but this seems to be the above Thomas Allen:
20/11/1872 The Inquirer and Commercial News, Perth, WA:
A man named Thomas Allen, Alias Jones, a carter, met with a fatal accident at Marda on Thursday last, by a cartload of timber falling upon him.  He was brought at once a distance to 40 miles to the mission, New Norcia, where all that was possible was done for the poor fellow, but he died last night in the greatest agony….A laborer named Joe Neill, who was well known in this district, left the employ of Mr. Jas. Clinch through ill-health, and was proceeding to obtain medical relief.  He was unable, however, to get farther than Walebing, where Mr. H. B. Lefroy, with his usual kindness, rendered him all the aid in his power.  Finding after a few days that Allen was becoming worse, Mr. Lefroy sent him in a cart to Newcastle, but he died before reaching that township.

D Wong on 6th November, 2017 wrote:

Wrong date of death listed for Thomas Allen.
Thomas Allen changed his name to Thomas Brown after 1865 and moved to Roebourne WA.

1863: Married Ann McCann at Perth (as Thomas Allen) - had 2 children born 1864 and 1865 - then moved to Roebourne in WA where Thomas became Thomas Brown, publican and carrier and had another 6 children there.

11/1/1877: Thomas Brown died and was buried at the Roebourne Cemetery, WA., aged 49 years.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 4th November, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1828 (prev. 0000), date of death: 27th October, 1872 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

D Wong on 4th November, 2017 made the following changes:

alias1: Jones

D Wong on 6th November, 2017 made the following changes:

alias2: Brown, date of death: 11th January, 1877 (prev. 27th October, 1872)

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