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Biographical entry Allen, Alfred James (1892 - 1981)

New Zealand
4 May 1981
Applied chemist


Alfred Allen was the founder and managing director of Tarac Industries. The company made products, including cream of tartar, from the parts of the grapes not used in wine making. During 1941-1945 he produced over 1 million gallons of power alcohol, which was used to keep the taxis running. Prior to this Allen was a Student analyst with the Victorian Department of Agriculture, assistant pathologist with the Department of Public Health and researcher at the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories where he worked on the production of tetanus antitoxin and insulin. He graduated in Applied Chemistry at the Working Men's College in Melbourne and represented Victoria at the Australian Hockey Championships of 1922 and 1923. Allen was also Worshipful Master at the Barossa Masonic Lodge in South Australia and a PGS of the Grand Lodge of South Australia.



1918 - 1919
Career position - War service with the Australian Imperial Force in Rabaul, New Guinea
1919 - 1930
Career position - Researcher at the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories (CSL)
1930 -
Career position - Tarac Industries established
Career position - Worshipful Master at Barossa Masonic Lodge
Career position - President of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, South Australian branch

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