Burial register ID: 16297
Surname: ALLEN
First name: JAMES
Middle names:
Gender: Male
Age: 87 Years
Cause of death: Unknown
Burial type:
Date of death: 28-Jul-1942
Date of burial: 30-Jul-1942

Block: 132
Plot: 41

Bio contributor: Amanda Kennedy

James Allen 1855-1942

James Allen was born in Adelaide, South Australia on 10 February 1855. He was the son of James Allen and Esther Bax. His mother died in 1859, and his father in 1865 when he was ten. He and his brother went to live with an uncle in England.

James went to Clifton College in Bristol in 1869 and gained a scholarship in natural science. He graduated with a bachelor of arts from St John’s College, Cambridge in 1877. He returned to Dunedin with his cousin Mary Jane Hill Richards, whom he had married on 23 August 1877. They were to have six children.

He entered politics when he stood as a conservative in the Dunedin East electorate in 1887, defeating premier Sir Robert Stout. He eventually became deputy to William Massey. In 1891 he assumed command of the Dunedin Naval Artillery Volunteers, and in 1911 he was appointed coast defence commander of the Otago Military District. He became minister of defence in parliament in 1912, and created the New Zealand naval forces in 1913.

During the First World War he oversaw the development of New Zealand’s war effort. He was the acting Prime Minister from August 1916, lasting 23 months. He was appointed a KCB in 1917.

After the war he was appointed the high commissioner for New Zealand in Britain for six years. When he returned to New Zealand he was prominent in the Institute of Pacific Relations, presiding over the New Zealand branch from 1927 until 1939.

James retired from public life in 1938 and died on 28 July 1942.

— See McGibbon, Ian. ‘Allen, James 1855 – 1942’. Dictionary of New Zealand Biography

— Other burials recorded at the same site:
Charles ALLEN d. 1888,
Sophia Allen RICHARDS d. 1916,
Mary Jane Hill ALLEN d. 1939,
Rona Marion ALLEN d. 1957,
Charles Richard ALLEN d. 1962,
and Lillian Dorothy ALLEN d. 1968.

There are 7 Interments in this grave:

Surname First names Age Date of death Date of burial
ALLEN CHARLES 31 Years 09-Jan-1888 11-Jan-1888
ALLEN CHARLES RICHARD 77 Years 14-Mar-1962 16-Mar-1962
ALLEN JAMES 87 Years 28-Jul-1942 30-Jul-1942
ALLEN LILLIAN DOROTHY Unknown 01-Jul-1968 01-Jul-1968
ALLEN MARY JANE HILL 84 Years 13-Jul-1939 15-Jul-1939
ALLEN RONA MARION 63 Years 10-Apr-1957 11-Apr-1957
RICHARDS SOPHIA ALLEN 84 Years 12-Aug-1916 15-Aug-1916