James Alexander Allan

James Alexander Allan (1879-1967). Courtesy PoemHunter.

James Alexander Allan (1879-1967) was an Australian poet and local historian.

Life Edit

Allan was born in Melbourne. He was educated at Alfred Crescent State School, North Fitzroy and the Model School, and was a Commonwealth public servant from 1942 to 1950, as well as in the early years of the century. He enlisted, giving a false age, in 1940 but saw no action and was invalided home from Egypt in 1942.

He was paid for the history of Camberwell commissioned from him, but the finished manuscript was given to a better-known local historian for reworking and eventually published under the latter’s name.

Himself the second child in a large family, Allan was married four times and begat at least six children, the three eldest now (2008) deceased.




  • The Old Model School: Its history and romance, 1852-1904. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1934.
  • Men And Manners In Australia: Being a social and economic sketch history. Melbourne: F.W. Cheshire, 1945.
  • The History Of Camberwell (1948?; unpublished ms)

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. A Wine-shop Madonna: and other verses, Google Books. Web, Apr. 18, 2014.
  2. Search results = au:James Alexander Allan, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Apr. 18, 2014.

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