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Manders, J.M.: Papers relating to George Frederick Allen

Collection | Ref # ARC-0511 | Held by Hocken Collections - Uare Taoka o Hakena

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Manders, J.M.: Papers relating to George Frederick Allen


ALLEN, George Frederick

Level of description:



0.02 linear metres

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George Frederick Allen migrated to New Zealand in 1881 on board the S.S. 'Lusitania'. The ship docked at Melbourne and Allen travelled on the 'Alhambra' to Dunedin. He initially stayed with the Wheeler family and worked at the 'Illustrated New Zealand Herald' for some time. Allen later worked on farms, and also spent time in Invercargill. In 1884 he married Elizabeth (Lizzie) White McLiskey, daughter of Edward Kemp McLiskey and his wife Agnes Craig. The couple lived in Gore where Allen eventually established a business as a building contractor.
Allen was also an accomplished landscape painter who taught painting in Gore. He also worked as stage manager for an Opera Company. At the time of his death he was intending to make a career as a painter.
The Allens had six baby boys, all of whom died. In 1892 they adopted a son and named him William Frederick Allen. They later lost another son and daughter. Lizzie also suffered from epilepsy.
The Allens left Gore in February 1895 and while George built a house for the family at Patersons Inlet, Stewart Island, Lizzie and William stayed at Halfmoon Bay. On 1 March 1895 George sailed around to pick up his wife and son to move them into the new home. The sea was rough and the boat capsized. The Allen family were drowned. [See 'Mataura Ensign' 5 March 1895, p.2 for the report of the accident]

Scope and contents:

This collection contains transcripts of letters from George Frederick Allen to his family in England, as transcribed by his sisters. The letters describe Allen's ship voyage to Dunedin, detailing the food, weather and life on board the boat. He also provides a description of Melbourne, Dunedin, Southland and Invercargill. Allen also writes of his work and his wife.
The collection also includes later revisions of the transcriptions, as well as copies of Allen's marriage and death registrations and two photographs.

Dates covered:

1881 - 1894

Access conditions:

Not restricted

Finding aids:

Listed on ‘Hakena’ the Hocken Collections online archives and manuscripts catalogue

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Dunedin · Gore · Invercargill · Southland (Region) · Melbourne

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Emigration and immigration · Voyages and travels · S.S. Lusitania (Ship) · Alhambra (Ship) · Ocean travel · New Zealand - Description and travel · Australia - Description and travel · Settlers - European · Building trades · Artists as teachers · Opera

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