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William Allen

William Allen, one of 26 convicts transported on the Kitty, January 1792

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Allen
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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 7 years

Crime: Stealing lead
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Kitty
Departure date: January, 1792
Arrival date: 18th November, 1792
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 29 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 174
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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Ellen Spiro on 12th February, 2020 wrote:

William Allen was one of the ten male convicts who boarded the Kitty. Eight males escaped the next day. William and one other (still looking for his name) arrived in Sydney, November 1792.Convict Indents (Digitised) Index 1788-1801.

D Wong on 12th February, 2020 wrote:

Old Bailey:
Theft: theft from a specified place.
7th December 1791
Verdict Guilty
Sentence Transportation

WILLIAM ALLEN was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 19th of November, thirty pounds weight of lead, value 4 s. the property of Thomas Chorley, affixed to a certain dwelling of his, against the statute.


I am a carpenter ; I missed some lead from some houses I had recently built in Union-street, Shadwell ; I missed it first on the 21st; I saw the lead on the following day at the office; I fitted the lead the day after to the place from whence I had lost it; I knew it by the end I worked down, and from the nail-holes; I have no doubt of it being my lead; it had been laid down about two months; the piece weighed about thirty pounds; the piece I describe completely filled up the vacancy.


I know the prisoner at the bar; I met him at the head of Old Gravel lane, with the lead in a sack, on the 21st of November, about four in the evening; I asked him what he had got there; he said, a bit of blue; that is slang for lead; I do not know whether any examination was taken in writing before the magistrate; he said he had had it seven months: at the public-house he said he had an estate in Hertfordshire; the lead has been kept in the office under my charge; I marked it with a W.


I took the lead from the office, and fitted it to the place; the hole does not run right through, it runs upon an angle; I can only swear to one piece of the lead; they were detached pieces of lead, some fitting one house and some another.


I was also present. (Deposes to the same effect.)


I am a plumber; I have no shadow of doubt but it is the identical lead fitted to Mr. Chorley’s house; I have taken a great deal of pains to satisfy myself.
Prisoner. I bought five pieces of lead, and gave 18 s. a hundred for the lead; I bought it to send into Hertfordshire, where I was building a little tenement; Turner is only a cadee; he is a thief; he has been in Newgate; he stole beer and pork; he is well known in Newgate.

Turner. I was convicted of an assault, and confined in Newgate; it was upon a girl, for striking her; it was not for an attempt to commit a rape.

Transported for seven years.

Convict Changes History

Ellen Spiro on 12th February, 2020 made the following changes:

gender: m

D Wong on 12th February, 2020 made the following changes:


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