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Allen, James, Sir: Papers relating particularly to his term as Minister of Defence

Collection | Ref # ARC-0113 | Held by Hocken Collections - Uare Taoka o Hakena

What is it?

Title:

Allen, James, Sir: Papers relating particularly to his term as Minister of Defence

Creator:

Allen, James, Sir, 1855-1942

Level of description:

Collection

Extent:

0.12 linear metres

Reference number:

ARC-0113

Description:

Sir James Allen was Minister of Defence from 1912 to 1920.

Scope and contents:

The collection consists of papers relating to Allen's time as Defence Minister. They include official reports on New Zealand Defence Forces, New Zealand Naval Forces, defence expenditure, and the resettlement and rehabilitation of ex-soldiers. There are reports, statistics and notes regarding New Zealand's involvement in World War I, including reports on the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, the effects of camp life on the troops, the percentages of recruits rejected for military service and a statement by General Godley to the Dardenelles Commission. Also included are a number of memoranda, some relating to proposed schemes for the organisation and training of New Zealand Forces and notes on various Defence Acts and 'conscientious objectors'. There is also correspondence, some relating to a German 'Black List' (with translations) of alleged mistreatment of German prisoners and Samoa. Also included is Allen's copy of 'New Zealand and Naval Defence', a paper he read before the New Zealand Historical Association, with three pages of notes.

The collection also includes a letter from Allen to an Earnscleugh woman, describing the difficulty he had in retaining his Bruce seat in the 1919 election, and the campaign against him by the Protestant Political Association.

Dates covered:

Circa 1908 - 1930

Access conditions:

Not restricted.

Finding aids:

Listed on the 'Hakena' archives and manuscripts catalogue.

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Places:

Samoa

Keywords:

World War, 1914-1918

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