Sir Carleton Kemp Allen
|Died||11 December 1966 (aged 79)|
University of Sydney
|Title||Warden of Rhodes House|
|Spouse(s)||1922, Dorothy Frances (1896–1959)|
|Children||A son and a daughter (Rosemary Dinnage)|
|Parent(s)||Rev. William Allen|
Early life and student career
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). At the University of Sydney he read classics and graduated Bachelor of Arts in 1910. 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
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.
- The Judgment of Paris: A Comedy (1924)
- Oh! Mr Leacock (1925)
- Law in the Making (1927)
- Bureaucracy Triumphant (1931)
- Legal Duties and other essays in Jurisprudence (1931)
- Democracy and the Individual (1943)
- Law and Orders (1945)
- The Queen's Peace (1953), his Hamlyn Lectures
- Law and Disorders (1954)
- Aspects of Justice (1958); he also wrote two novels.
- Sir Carleton Kemp Allen (1887–1966) Australian Dictionary of Biography Volume 7 (MUP, 1979) pp 44–46.
- "Allen, Sir Carleton Kemp (1887–1966), jurist and warden of Rhodes House". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. 2004. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/30383. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
- Newington College Register of Past Students 1863–1998 (Syd, 1999) pp3
- "Alumni Sidneienses - University Archives - The University of Sydney". Archived from the original on 18 December 2013.
- "Sir Carleton Kemp Allen - National Portrait Gallery". www.npg.org.uk.
- "Oxford Index". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. 2004. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/30383. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
- 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)
Sir Francis Wylie
| Warden of Rhodes House, Oxford
Sir Edgar Williams