Stephen Shepherd Allen

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Sir Stephen Shepherd Allen KBE CMG DSO* 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]

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. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 33946. p. 3810. 2 June 1933. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Official jubilee medals". Evening Post. 6 May 1935. p. 4. Retrieved 2 July 2013.