Stephen Shepherd Allen

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Sir Stephen Shepherd Allen KBE CMG VD (2 August 1882 – 4 November 1964) was a New Zealand lawyer, farmer, local body politician, and Mayor of Morrinsville. He served in World War I and in the Territorial Army, and was Administrator of the colony of Western Samoa (now Samoa) 1928–1931.[1] His rule was marked by relations with the Mau movement, involving its acting leader Tupua Tamasese Lealofi III, culminating in a defining moment in Samoa's colonial history on 29 December 1929.

He was the son of William Shepherd Allen, an MP in both the United Kingdom and New Zealand. His mother was Elizabeth Penelope Candlish, daughter of John Candlish.[1] His brother William Allen was an MP in England.

Allen was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in the 1933 Birthday Honours.[2] In 1935, he was awarded the King George V Silver Jubilee Medal.[3]

On 4 November 1964, Allen suffered a heart attack while driving near Maramarua, and both he and his housekeeper, Elma Jessie Brunton, died in the resulting crash.[1]


  1. ^ a b c McGibbon, Ian. "Stephen Shepherd Allen". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
  2. ^ "No. 33946". The London Gazette (Supplement). 2 June 1933. p. 3810.
  3. ^ "Official jubilee medals". Evening Post. 6 May 1935. p. 4. Retrieved 2 July 2013.