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Charles Allen (c. 1766–1794)

Charles Allen, a silk weaver, was sentenced, with Peter Sampson and Joseph Collins, to seven years transportation for the theft of linen, worth 30 shillings, from a house. The men arrived in Sydney in January 1788 aboard the Scarborough as part of the First Fleet. On 4 March 1790 Allen was sent to Norfolk Island aboard the Sirius. By 1 July 1791 he had cleared 60 rods of his allotment. On 13 February 1792 he received 200 lashes for refusing to work when ordered by his overseer. On 25 May 1792 he was renting 4 acres from Samuel King. He died at Norfolk Island on 27 December 1794.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), pp 4-5

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c. 1766


27 December, 1794 (aged ~ 28)
Norfolk Island, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years