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
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.
Verse, J.Mortimer # 6409.