Alfred E. Allen

The Honourable
Alfred E. Allen
17th Speaker of the House of Representatives
In office
7 June 1972  26 October 1972
Prime Minister Jack Marshall
Preceded by Roy Jack
Succeeded by Stanley Whitehead
27th Chairman of Committees
In office
13 March 1970  7 June 1972
Preceded by John Hannibal George
Succeeded by Richard Harrison
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Franklin
In office
30 November 1957  26 October 1972
Preceded by Jack Massey
Succeeded by Bill Birch
Personal details
Born (1912-05-20)20 May 1912
Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand
Died 20 May 1987(1987-05-20) (aged 75)
New Zealand
Political party National
Other political
Democratic Labour Party

Alfred Ernest "Alf" Allen CMG (20 May 1912 – 20 May 1987) was a New Zealand politician of the National Party. In 1972, he was the seventeenth Speaker of the House of Representatives.


Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
19571960 32nd Franklin National
19601963 33rd Franklin National
19631966 34th Franklin National
19661969 35th Franklin National
19691972 36th Franklin National

Allen was born in Onehunga, Auckland, in 1912,[1] and baptised in the Onehunga Presbyterian parish on 28 July of that year.[2] He attended a variety of primary schools in the Bay of Plenty, Franklin and Auckland.[3] After attending Auckland Grammar School, he became a farmer;[1] he would own farms in Port Albert on the Kaipara Harbour, Maramarua in the Waikato, and Clevedon in the Franklin District. He married Nancy Cutford in 1935. They had one son and three daughters. In World War II he served in the 2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Force from 1940 to 1943; he was a sergeant major.[1]

He unsuccessfully stood as the Hamilton candidate for breakaway Labour MP John A. Lee and his Democratic Labour Party in the 1943 general election.[1] Of four candidates, he came a distant third with less than 6% of the votes.[4]

He was the National Member of Parliament for Franklin from 1957 (when the veteran sitting MP Jack Massey was deselected by the National Party in favour of Allen) to 1972, when he retired.[5] He was Chairman of Committees from 13 March 1970 until 7 June 1972,[6] the first day of the third session of the 36th Parliament,[7] when he was elected Speaker of the House of Representatives.[8] He was awarded the CMG in 1973.[5] He died on 20 May 1987 and was buried in the cemetery at St Brides Church in Mauku west of Pukekohe. His wife died in 1992.[9]


  1. 1 2 3 4 Gustafson 1986, pp. 296–297.
  2. "Onehunga Parish Baptisms 1881 to 1930". Presbyterian Research Centre New Zealand. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
  3. "Biographies of Former and Current Speakers of the New Zealand House of Representatives". New Zealand Parliamentary Library. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
  4. The General Election, 1943. National Library. 1944. p. 4. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
  5. 1 2 Wilson 1985, p. 179.
  6. Wilson 1985, p. 252.
  7. Wilson 1985, p. 142.
  8. Wilson 1985, p. 251.
  9. "Alfred Ernest Allen". Find a Grave. Retrieved 15 May 2015.


New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Jack Massey
Member of Parliament for Franklin
Succeeded by
Bill Birch
Political offices
Preceded by
John Hannibal George
Chairman of Committees of the House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Richard Harrison
Preceded by
Roy Jack
Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Stanley Whitehead
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