Alfred E. Allen

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Alfred Ernest "Alf" Allen, CMG (20 May 1912 – 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
1957–1960 32nd Franklin National
1960–1963 33rd Franklin National
1963–1966 34th Franklin National
1966–1969 35th Franklin National
1969–1972 36th Franklin National

Allen was born in Onehunga, Auckland, in 1912. After attending Auckland Grammar School, he became a farmer.[1] 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.[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]

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.[2] He was Chairman of Committees from 13 March 1970 until 7 June 1972,[3] the first day of the third session of the 36th Parliament,[4] when he was elected Speaker of the House of Representatives.[5]

He was awarded the CMG in 1973.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Gustafson 1986, pp. 296–297.
  2. ^ a b Wilson 1985, p. 179.
  3. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 252.
  4. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 142.
  5. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 251.


  • Gustafson, Barry (1986). The First 50 Years : A History of the New Zealand National Party. Auckland: Reed Methuen. ISBN 0-474-00177-6. 
  • Peterson, G. C. (ed.) (1971), Who's who in New Zealand (10th ed.), Wellington, [N.Z.]: A.H. & A.W. Reed 
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103. 
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