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Tamasin Simms (1754–1825)

Tamasin Allen (indicted as Tamasin Boddington), a servant, was found guilty, at the Old Bailey, London, on 25 October 1786, of the theft of money and jewels. Sentenced to seven years transportation, she arrived in Sydney in January 1788 aboard the Lady Penrhyn. On 4 March 1790 she was sent to Norfolk Island aboard the Sirius. Allen married William Simms in November 1791. The couple, with their two children returned to Sydney in 1801. In 1814 Tamasin left the colony with her husband for England; Simms petitioned from London in 1816 for permission for himself and his wife to return to the colony where his children were still living. It is not known when the couple returned. Tamasin was living at the Sydney Benevolent Asylum by 1822 and was buried on 11 November 1825; her age given as 76.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 6

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Alternative Names
  • Allen, Tamasin
  • Boddington, Tamasin
  • Allein, Tamasin
  • Allen, Tamison
  • Allen, Tomasin
  • Allen, Temison
  • Allen, Jamisen
  • Allen, Jamison
  • Allen, Tomason
  • Allen, Tomason
  • Allen, Jamieson
  • Symms, Tamasin
  • Syms, Tamasin
  • Simms, Tamisson
  • Simms, Tammissa

London, Middlesex, England


10 November, 1825 (aged ~ 71)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years