Mr. Allan Shaw Douglas,
sometime a Barrster and Solicitor in New Plymouth, and Registrar of Deeds, was born in the year 1846, in Adelaide, South Australia, and was a son of Mr. John Douglas, of Thurso, Caithness, Scotland. He came to New Plymouth at the age of eight years, and attended school until he was fifteen. He then went to an uncle at Wick, Caithness-shire, Scotland, where he studied law, and on his return to New Plymouth, shortly before he came of age, continued his studies under Mr. William Halse. Two years later he was admitted to the bar. From 1869 until 1872 Mr. Douglas practised his profession in New Plymouth.
He was then appointed Registrar of Deeds, but in the year 1879 he retired on account of illness. Mr. Douglas took a great interest in cricket, and was chosen as representative to play against the English team in January, 1876. He also played in a number of representative matches. Mr. Douglas married a daughter of the late Mr. Thomas Vale, of New Plymouth, in 1873. He died in September, 1889, leaving a widow, who still survives him, and one daughter.