Carleton Allen

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Sir Carleton Kemp Allen
Born (1887-09-07)7 September 1887
Carlton, Victoria,
Died 11 December 1966(1966-12-11) (aged 79)
Oxford, England
Nationality Australian
Education Newington College
University of Sydney
Oxford University
Occupation Professor
Title Warden of Rhodes House
Spouse(s) 1922, Dorothy Frances (1896–1959)
1962, Hilda
Children A son and a daughter (Rosemary Dinnage)
Parent(s) Rev. William Allen

Carleton Kemp Allen MC, KC (7 September 1887 – 11 December 1966) was an Australian-born professor and Warden of Rhodes House, University of Oxford.[1]

Early life and student career[edit]

Carleton Allen, or 'C.K.' as he came to be known, was born in Carlton, Victoria, the third son of William Allen, a Congregational minister and the younger brother of Leslie Holdsworth Allen. He was three when his family moved to Sydney, where he attended Newington College (1900–1906).[2] At the University of Sydney he read classics and graduated Bachelor of Arts in 1910.[3] Having won a scholarship to Oxford, he attended New College and studied jurisprudence under Sir Paul Vinogradoff. He took first-class honours in 1912 and was elected Eldon Law Scholar in 1913.

Military and academic career[edit]

Rhodes House, where Sir Carleton Allen was Warden from 1931 to 1952.

Allen was a captain in the 13th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment, in World War I, was wounded, and was awarded the Military Cross in 1918. At the end of the war, he was elected Stowell Civil Law Fellow of University College, Oxford and he remained a fellow of that college until his death. In 1926, he spent a year as Tagore professor at the University of Calcutta and published his lectures from that time as Law in the Making in 1927. This compilation became an established classic and he completed a seventh edition in 1965. In 1929 he was appointed professor of jurisprudence at Oxford, but in 1931 became the second warden of Rhodes House. He filled this office with great distinction and he and his wife, Dorothy Frances Allen (1896–1959), whom he had married at Oxford in 1922, won the affection and respect of generations of Rhodes scholars. Dorothy Allen's memoirs, Sunlight and Shadow (1960) (which Allen brought to publication after her death), give an account of life at Rhodes House. On his retirement in 1952 he was knighted. He died at Oxford and was survived by his second wife, Hilda, whom he had married in 1962, and by two children of his first marriage, a son and daughter (the writer Rosemary Dinnage). A portrait of Sir Carleton Allen hangs in Rhodes House, Oxford, and images of him are held by the National Portrait Gallery, London.[4]


  • Law in the Making in (1927)
  • Bureaucracy Triumphant (1931)
  • Law and Orders (1945)
  • The Queen's Peace (1953)
  • Law and Disorders (1954)
  • Aspects of Justice (1958); he also wrote two novels.


  1. ^ Sir Carleton Kemp Allen (1887–1966) Australian Dictionary of Biography Volume 7 (MUP, 1979) pp 44–46 Entry by his successor as Warden of Rhodes House, E.T. Williams, in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography at
  2. ^ Newington College Register of Past Students 1863–1998 (Syd, 1999) pp3
  3. ^ Alumni Sidneienses
  4. ^


  • David Macmillan, Newington College 1863–1963 (Sydney, 1963)
  • Peter Swain, Newington Across the Years 1893–1988 (Sydney, 1988)
  • Lord Elton, The First Fifty Years of the Rhodes Trust and the Rhodes Scholarships, 1903–1953 (Oxford, 1955)
  • Dorothy Allen, Sunlight and Shadow: An Autobiography (Oxford University Press: London, 1960)