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John Allen (1742–1793)

John Allen, a miller, was sentenced to seven years transportation for the theft of household goods; his wife was found not guilty of the crime. John arrived in Sydney in January 1788 aboard the Scarborough as part of the First Fleet. On 2 October 1788 he was sent to Norfolk Island aboard the Golden Grove but returned to Port Jackson per the Supply in December 1879. It is believed he was the John Allen (spelt as Allain) who was buried in Sydney on 5 April 1793 as 'free'.

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

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Alternative Names
  • Allain, John
  • Allein, John



4 April, 1793 (aged ~ 51)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years