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William Allen

William Allen, one of 160 convicts transported on the Prince Regent, 17 September 1819

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Allen
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1802
Occupation: Blacksmith
Date of Death: 28th January, 1825
Age: 23 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Horse theft
Convicted at: Lancaster Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Prince Regent
Departure date: 17th September, 1819
Arrival date: 27th January, 1820
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 171 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 233 (118) Tasmanian Archives - Convicts http://search.archives.tas.gov.au/ImageViewer/image_viewer.htm?CON31-1-1,433,21,L,80. Hobart Town Gazette 25/02/1825.
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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Carol Axton-Thompson on 8th October, 2012 wrote:

William Allen was transported on the Prince Regent but then transferred to Van Diemens Land on the Castle Forbes, arriving 4 March 1820.

William was tried and convicted at Lancester 20 Mar 1819 and given a Life Sentence.  He was an 18yr old Card Brusher from Manchester. 5’3/4” tall; Blue eyes; Flaxen hair. Good behaviour report.  Convict no. 733 VDL.

Colonial Offences:
06/04/1821: Breaking out of H.M. Gaol at Launceston and stealing a mare, the property of Rev. W. Youl, a mare the property of D. Gibson and a horse the property of Mr. Baker and a mare and foal the property of J. Bonney.
To be transferred to Newcastle for the remainer of his term. (This apparently did not happen.)
19/06/1824: Obtain ....under false pretence - 25 lashes.

William was transferred to Macquarie Harbour (west coast of Tasmania and the most harsh notorious penal settlement in VDL) as he was found guilty of murder, along with Thomas Hudson and Francis Oates.  They were executed at Macquarie Harbour 28/01/1825. (Note in Conduct Record Book.) Hobart Town Gazette 25/02/1825 states that Allen displayed an apathy of conscience prior to his death.

Maureen Withey on 18th February, 2020 wrote:

Lancaster Assizes. The following list, in addition to that which we gave in our last, will complete the calendar of the prisoners and their sentences. ... Wm. Allen, for stealing three horses at Manchester. Death. ...In passing sentence of death upon the forty-four prisoners capitally convicted, the Lord Chief Baron Richards commented on their various offences, and allowed 38 of them to entertain hopes of mercy as there were no circumstances of attrocious violence connected with their guilt; but to six of them he forbad any expectation of forgiveness its this world.
Liverpool Mercury, 9 Apr 1819.

Convict Changes History

Carol Axton-Thompson on 8th October, 2012 made the following changes:

source, date of birth 1802, date of death 28th January, 1825, gender

pie on 24th August, 2017 made the following changes:

occupation, crime

Maureen Withey on 18th February, 2020 made the following changes:


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