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Allen, Lady Marian Clapham (1835–1914)

from Sydney Morning Herald

Lady [Marian] Allen, widow of Sir Geo. Wigram Allen, K.C.M.O., whose death in London was announced by a private cable received yesterday, will be gratefully remembered by many in Sydney for her active interest in charitable work, though for the last eight years she had been living in England. Born in South Africa in 1835, she was the eldest daughter of the Rev. W. B. Boyce, formerly well known in the Wesleyan Church. Of her three sisters, one, Mrs. Alexander McArthur, died recently; one is Mrs. J. H. Stewart of The Mount, Bathurst, and the third, Mrs. Gibson, resides in England.

After her marriage in 1851 to the late Sir George Wigram Allen, who was Speaker of the Legislative Assembly from 1875 to 1883, Lady Allen resided at Toxteth Park, Glebe Point, and subsequently at Edgecliff. In addition to her work on a Government board for poor relief, Lady Allen took a deep interest in the Children's Hospital, and was for years a member of the committee. She was also greatly interested in the work of the Bush Brotherhood.

Lady Allen, who died at her London residence, 208 Ashley Gardens, Westminster, was in her 79th year. She has left nine children, three of whom are daughters. With the exception of Mr. Reginald and Mr. Arthur Allen, of the firm of Allen, Allen, and Hemsley, her family are all in England.

Toxteth Mansion, where Sir Wigram and Lady Allen resided for so many years, is one of the landmarks of Glebe Point, Just near the mansion Sir Wigram Allen built the Toxteth Chapel, and the family worshipped here for many years. A few years ago the chapel was pulled down and a new church erected. Lady Allen was always a loyal supporter of the Wosleyan Church and its missions.

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'Allen, Lady Marian Clapham (1835–1914)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/allen-lady-marian-clapham-27885/text35638, accessed 25 April 2019.

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