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The Allen Bell Memorial Award
Each year, with the permission of his family the Republican Movement awards The Allen Bell Memorial Award to the person or organisation who has done the most in the preceding year to advance the cause of a New Zealand republic.
Former MP Keith Locke, winner of the Allen Bell Memorial Award 2011.
The award commemorates former MP Colonel Allen Bell an early advocate of a New Zealand republic.
Allen Bell (1870 - 1936) was a man who believed in "protecting the rights and advancing the interests of ordinary working people".
He was born in Canterbury on Valentine's Day 1870. A Boer war veteran, Bell became a farmer in the Waikato and entered local body politics. In 1911 while serving as Lieutenant Colonel in Command 2nd Regiment, Auckland Mounted Rifle Volunteers.
Bell unsuccessfully contested the Raglan electorate for the Reform Party in the 1911 general election. During the campaign Bell caused controversy when he advocated the abolition of the monarchy. The military leadership felt Bell had broken his oath of allegiance and he was asked to resign his commission which Bell reluctantly did. He then moved to Northland where he founded a Newspaper was elected to Parliament as an independent, and worked tirelessly to advance the economy and social development of Northland.
Members of the Republican Movement are ineligible for the award and the executive reserves the right to not make the award if it is decided that no particular actions warrant the distinction.
The engraved award is a heavy brass bell resting on a base of Northland