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R.G. Casey and the Bengal Famine

R.G. Casey and the Bengal Famine
Fellowship presentation

R.G. Casey seated at his desk, Washington, United States, ca. 1941, nla.nat-vn-4319707
29 August 2019, 5.30pm-6.30pm
Theatre, Lower Ground 1


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R.G. Casey's governorship of Bengal (1944-1946) was a short, wartime appointment in a province troubled by famine, the threat of invasion, and rising communalism prior to its partition in 1947.

Drawing on the diaries of Casey and his wife Maie, Associate Professor of South Asian and World History at the University of New South Wales Kama Maclean considers Casey's attempts to ameliorate the effects of famine, which included working with Australian civil society organisations who lobbied to raise funds for famine relief. 

Kama Maclean is the 2019 National Library of Australia Fellow supported by the Harold S. Williams Trust. 

Image: R.G. Casey seated at his desk, Washington, United States, ca. 1941, nla.cat-vn-4319707