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. He received a sentence of seven years transportation. 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.
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.  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. The records of the case indicate that Peter was one of the ringleaders and he had been sentenced to three years bread and water in solitary confinement in Parramatta Gaol as a result.. Peter Allen was interviewed by "Doctor Dewar re conspiracy on board the Chapman" as he was apparently wounded as a result of the conspiracy.
Peter left for England 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...
Points for Further Research
What happened to Peter Allen after giving testimony at the trial in England?
↑ 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.
↑ New South Wales, Australia, Colonial Secretary's Papers, 1788-1856. Series: NRS 898; Reel or Fiche Numbers: Reels 6020-6040, 6070; Fiche 3260-3312.
↑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.
↑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.