Attention Internet Explorer User

Your web browser has been identified as Internet Explorer .

In the coming months this site is going to be updated to improve security, accessibility and mobile experience. Older versions of Internet Explorer do not provide the functionality required for these changes and as such your browser will no longer be supported as of September 2020. If you require continued access to this site then you will need to install a different browser such as Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome.

People Australia

  • searches all National Centre of Biography websites
  • searches all National Centre of Biography websites
  • searches all National Centre of Biography websites

Browse Lists:

Allen, William (1762–1788)

William Allen was found guilty at Ormskirk Quarter Sessions on 11 April 1785 of robbery with violence. Sentenced to seven years transportation, he was sent to the Censor hulk on the Thames River, London, before being placed on the Alexander which arrived in Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Allen does not appear in any records in the colony and there is no record of his death on the voyage. He may have been the convict named 'Allen' who, with Alexander McDonald, was reported on 8 March 1788, by Surgeon Arthur Bowes Smyth, as having been killed by Aboriginal people, after they disappeared and their clothes were found hanging in a tree.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 7

Related Entries in NCB Sites

Citation details

'Allen, William (1762–1788)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 27 October 2020.

© Copyright People Australia, 2012