Born on 14 February 1824 in Brundish, Suffolk, England, the son of William Allen, farmer, and his wife, nee Kibble. At Sydney, New South Wales in January 1845. Arrived at Launceston, Van Diemen's Land in 1845 where he joined Pastor Henry Dowling's congregation. He married on 30 October 1846 at the Baptist Chapel, York Street, Launceston, V.D.L., to Georgiana Mary Greenaway Hollyman. They came to Melbourne c1848.
Alfred was born in Leicester, UK and died in Melbourne. Reared in London, in 1895 he was interviewed by the Bishop of Leicester (the Rt Revd Lewis Clayton) who encouraged him to take up the work of Sunday School teaching, Christian Endeavour Society, tract distribution and open air meetings. He was attracted to the foreign mission field and so entered Harley College in London (now known as Cliff College http://www.cliffcollege.ac.uk in 1901.