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Peter Allen (abt. 1796)

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Peter Allen aka Allan
Born about in County Dublin, Irelandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
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[children unknown]
Died [date unknown] [location unknown]
Profile last modified 9 Feb 2020 | Created 6 Jun 2016 | Last significant change: 9 Feb 2020
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Peter Allen was a convict after the Third Fleet transported to New South Wales

Peter Allen was about 20 years old when he was tried in Dublin on 6 July 1816 and found guilty of the crime of burglary and robbery[1]. He received a sentence of seven years transportation.[2] The Irish Court records stated that Peter lived in St Peter's Parish, Dublin City, at the time of conviction. His trade was "servant".

Peter was incarcerated in Kilmainham Prison in Dublin for a time; probably immediately prior to his voyage to New South Wales on board the Chapman.[3]

In November and December 1817 there is a note that Peter was to be sent to England as a witness in the charges of alleged ill-treatment of convicts on board the Chapman. [4][5] A convict mutiny appeared to have broken out on board the ship, with some of the crew in support, but this had been quelled on board with several convicts losing their lives.[6] The records of the case indicate that Peter was one of the ringleaders[7] and he had been sentenced to three years bread and water in solitary confinement in Parramatta Gaol as a result.[8]. Peter Allen was interviewed by "Doctor Dewar re conspiracy on board the Chapman" as he was apparently wounded as a result of the conspiracy.[9]

Peter left for England[10] and gave evidence at the trial. He was described as a "man of colour". Peter denied having knowledge of any plot but the court records implied his testimony had changed over the course of time and his memory was not what it was...[11]

Points for Further Research

What happened to Peter Allen after giving testimony at the trial in England?


  1. New South Wales Government. Musters and other papers relating to convict ships. Series CGS 1155, Reels 2417-2428. State Records Authority of New South Wales. Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia. Entry for Peter Allen.
  2. National Archives of Ireland, Irish Transportation Database, PDF compilation database of records contained in the National Archives of Ireland; entry for Peter Allen page 32; Record reference code: PPC 1315.
  3. "Ireland Prison Registers, 1790-1924," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 6 June 2016), Peter Allen, 1816; from "Irish Prison Registers 1790-1924," database and images, findmypast ( : n.d.); citing Kilmainham, Dublin, Ireland, Kilmainham Prison, item 9, book 1/10/50, images provided by FamilySearch International; FHL microfilm 2,356,764.
  4. New South Wales, Australia, Colonial Secretary's Papers, 1788-1856. Series: NRS 897; Reel or Fiche Numbers: Reels 6041-6064, 6071-6072.
  5. Historical Records of Australia, record of Peter Allen being required to be sent back to England to give testimony in support of some of the defendants, page 677, page 703.
  6. The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, 26 July 1817.
  7. Historical Records of Australia, online PDF accounts of the trial records. Extract from the Medical Surgical Journal and Diary of the Convict Ship Chapman], page 570.
  8. Historical Records of Australia, letter from Reverend Samuel Marsden to Secretary Campbell, November 1817, page 537.
  9. New South Wales, Australia, Colonial Secretary's Papers, 1788-1856. Series: NRS 898; Reel or Fiche Numbers: Reels 6020-6040, 6070; Fiche 3260-3312.
  10. Historical Records of Australia, record of the conditions on which the convict witnesses were to be treated on board the Harriet, the ship taking them back to England. Page 887.
  11. The Edinburgh Annual Register Volume 12, account of the murder trial at the Admiralty Sessions relating to the death of Daniel McCormick on board the Chapman. Peter Allen's witness testimony is on page 57.

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