Convict Research

JOHN ALLEN – first fleet convict – transported on the Alexander


He was tried at Hertford, Hertfordshire on 3 March 1786 for stealing bedding with a value of 200 shillings ($2661). He was sentenced to transportation for 7 years and left England on the alexander aged about 45. His job was was a labourer or miller. He died in 1794. John Allen was convicted of Theft of a trunk, bed curtains, valances and other items at Herford Court, England.


May 1788 charged

John Allen and Edward Varndell were charged with theft of timber in May 1788. These charges were dismissed.

October 1788 relocation

John was relocated to Norfolk Island in October 1788 they don’t know why he was relocated though. He returned to Port Jackson on the Supply in December 1789.


8 march 1788 Death

On 8 March 1788, john allen was killed by Aboriginals. Major Ross reported that he had discovered their clothes displayed on a tree near Botany Bay.


The Alexander was the largest convict transport ship in the First Fleet. It weighed 452 tons and was 114ft long by 31ft wide. It transported 30 crew, 41 marines and 177 male convicts on her voyage to Botany Bay. A few free settlers wives and children of the marines mostly, also accompanied the Alexander on her voyage. The 30 crew returned to England, But the convicts and the marines stayed in Botany Bay.

The Alexanders skipper was Master Duncan Sinclair, her assistant surgeon was William Balmain. These were the two most important jobs on the ship as they held the lives of the convicts, crew and passengers in their hands. Thanks for reading


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