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    Richard Gavin Gardiner Casey

29 August 1890
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
17 June 1976
Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia
Science administrator and Governor-General


Richard Casey was the Minister in charge of CSIRO 1950-1960, Minister for External Affairs 1951-1960 and Governor-General of Australia 1965-1969. He first joined the Federal parliament in 1931.


Born Brisbane, 29 August 1890. Died Berwick, Victoria, 17 June 1976. Educated University of Melbourne (studied engineering 1909) and Cambridge (BA 1913, MA 1919). MC 1917, DSO 1918, Companion of Honour 1944, Baron cr 1960, GCMG cr 1965, KG cr 1969. Mount Morgan Company 1914; war service, chiefly as a staff officer, 1914-19; various company boards, including Mount Morgan, small steel-manufacturing firm, unsuccessfully tried to sell a new kind of car engine designed by A.G.M. Michell (q.v.) 1919-24; Australian political liaison officer, London 1924-31, MHR for Corio 1931-40, Assistant Federal Treasurer 1933-35, Treasurer 1935-39, Minister in charge of Development & Scientific & Industrial Research 1937-39, Minister for Supply & Development 1939-40, Member, Australian Delegation, Imperial Conference & Coronation 1937, Australian Representative, Imperial Conference on Conduct of War 1939, first Australian Minister to USA 1940-42, UK Minister of State for Middle East and member of British War Cabinet 1942-43, Governor of Bengal 1944-46, Federal President, Liberal Party of Australia 1947-49, MHR for Latrobe 1949-60, Minister for Works & Housing 1949-51, Minister for Supply and Development (National Development from 1950) 1949-51, Minister in charge of CSIRO 1950-60, Minister for External Affairs 1951-60, Governor-General of Australia 1965-69. Privy Councillor 1939. Fellow, Australian Academy of Science 1966. A research station and several geographical features in Antarctica were named after him.

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  • Cornelius Gavin Casey - Records, 1820 - 1978, MS 6150; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

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Richard Gavin Gardiner Casey


McCarthy, G.J.