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Surrey S. Alleman architectural drawings

Identifier: MSS-Archives-Arch-2020/3

Content Description

The collection consists of architectural drawings by Surrey S. Alleman, including student work.


  • Majority of material found within 1928 - 1947


Biographical / Historical

Surrey Sebastian Alleman was born 31 August 1901 in Kaponga, South Taranaki and attended New Plymouth Boys’ High School. He studied architecture under Professor Knight at Auckland University College in the mid-1920s before starting in practice in 1928.1 He was initially in sole practice during the late 1920s and 1930s at the BNZ Chambers on Swanson Street. Subsequently he worked in the various practices: Alleman & Land, Alleman Land & Verrall, Alleman Land & Heaney, Alleman Verrall Newnham & Partners, and Alleman Land Heaney Verrall & Partners until his retirement in 1967.2

Aged only 29, he was awarded the 1930 New Zealand Institute of Architects’ Gold Medal for his design of the Hampton Court apartment building on Wellesley Street West, Auckland.3 Another notable early design was the Garden Court flats on Tamaki Drive in Mission Bay completed in 1936. Alleman designed numerous family residences and small commercial and public buildings in the upper North Island. His design work emphasised efficient use of space, using modern materials to construct low maintenance buildings.

Alleman married Nancy Holm Biss in late March 1929 at St. Aidan’s Church, Remuera.4 Alleman was elected Chairman of the Auckland branch of New Zealand Institute of Architects.5 A 1947 pen-portrait in Home & Building mentioned his love of fishing along with his other hobbies of gardening and tennis.6 Alleman died on 17 April 1978.7

1. Architectural prize. (1931, February 18). New Zealand Herald. LXVIII, 20801, 12. 2. Surrey Sebastian Alleman [Clippings file] Fergus Sheppard Collection (MSS & Archives.Arch2017/1, file A424). Special Collections, University of Auckland Libraries and Learning Services, Auckland, NZ. 3. Architectural prize. (1931, February 18). New Zealand Herald. LXVIII, 20801, 12. 4. Weddings Alleman – Biss. (1929, April 1) New Zealand Herald, LXVI, 20218, 5. 5. Chances missed. (1939, November 30). Auckland Star, LXX, 283, 9. 6. Home and Building contributors. (1947). Home and Building, 10(1), 8. 7. GillyR. (2016, January 1). Surrey Sebastian Alleman. Find a Grave


55 Sheets

Language of Materials



Surrey S. Alleman's drawings are arranged alphabetically by project and client name.

Physical Location

Access by appointment only due to storage location.

Custodial History

These drawings are believed to have been collected by R. Keith Land who worked with Alleman from the late 1930s. They were donated by Land's son Geoffrey R. Land. Also received in the donation was a selection of drawings by R. Keith Land and Geoffrey R. Land. One or more drawings by Grierson and Aimer, G. Selwyn Goldsbro', Gerald E. Jones and Arthur J. Palmer, W. A. Holman and L.V. Moses were also included in the donation. It is unknown by whom these were collected.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Geoffrey R. Land, December 2013.

Related Materials

Other material received from Geoffrey R. Land processed separately.

Inventory of the Surrey S. Alleman architectural drawings.
Rebecca Taekema, Ian Brailsford and Sarah Cox
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Repository Details

Part of the Architecture Archive, University of Auckland Repository

General Library
5 Alfred Street
Private Bag 92019
Auckland 1142 New Zealand