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Memorable Manitobans: Lillian Beatrice Allen (1904-1985)

Painter, teacher.

Born at Winnipeg on 9 November 1904, daughter of Frank Allen and Sarah Estelle Harper, sister of John F. Allen and William A. Allen. Graduating in arts from the University of Manitoba in 1926, she then enrolled at the Winnipeg School of Art until 1928, teaching there in the Saturday morning classes in 1927-1928. Much influenced by Lemoine Fitzgerald, she went to Toronto to attend the Ontario College of Education. Allen eventually returned to the University of Manitoba, teaching housing and design, and retiring in 1971. She helped found the Volunteer Committee of the Winnipeg Art Gallery and in 1980 was awarded “Woman of the Year” by the YWCA. Her papers are held at the University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections.

Sources:

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 October 2015

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