William Allen (circa 1762—1788?)


William Allen of Warrington, Lancs, was sentenced on 11 April 1785 at Ormskirk Quarter Sessions to seven years transportation for robbery with violence. He was received on the Censor hulk aged 22, and delivered to Alexander on 6 January 1787.


 William Allen does not appear in the Colony, nor is there record of a death on the voyage. A rumour that a convict named Allen was killed by Aborigines was reported by Bowes on 8 March 1788 after his clothes and those of Alexander McDonald (qv) had been found hanging in a tree. It seems unlikely that the “Allan” (the governor’s gamekeeper) who found the lost Phillip Scriven (qv) was William Allen.




To The Memory of

William Allen.


Think of me as one at rest,

for me you should not weep.

I have no pain, no troubled thoughts

For I am just a sleep.




Founders of Australia.

M. Gillen.

Verse, J.Mortimer # 6409.


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