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Richard Casey

Australian politician

Died when: 85 years 293 days (1029 months)
Star Sign: Virgo


Richard Casey

Richard Gavin Gardiner Casey, Baron Casey, KG, GCMG, CH, DSO, MC, PC (29 August 1890 – 17 June 1976) was an Australian statesman who served as the 16th Governor-General of Australia, in office from 1965 to 1969.

He was also a distinguished army officer, long-serving cabinet minister, Ambassador to the United States, member of Churchill's War Cabinet, and Governor of Bengal.

Casey was born in Brisbane, but moved to Melbourne when he was young.He entered residence at Trinity College, Melbourne in 1909 while studying engineering at the University of Melbourne before continuing his studies at Trinity College, Cambridge.

In 1914, Casey enlisted as a lieutenant in the Australian Imperial Force.He saw service in the Gallipoli Campaign and on the Western Front, reaching the rank of major and winning the Distinguished Service Order and the Military Cross before becoming a Chief Intelligence Officer in 1920.

Casey joined the Australian public service in 1924 to work at Whitehall as a liaison officer with the British administration.He reported directly to the prime minister, Stanley Bruce, with whom he developed a close relationship.

In 1931, Casey was elected to federal parliament for the United Australia Party.He served as Treasurer from 1935 to 1939 (under Joseph Lyons and Earle Page), and then as Minister for Supply and Development from 1939 to 1940 (under Robert Menzies).

During World War II, Casey was Ambassador to the United States from 1940 to 1942, and then joined Winston Churchill's War Cabinet as its representative in the Middle East.

In 1944, Churchill appointed him Governor of Bengal, where he handled the recovery from the 1943 famine and civil unrest in the lead-up to independence.

Casey returned to Australia in 1946.He was federal president of the fledgling Liberal Party from 1947 to 1950, and re-entered parliament at the 1949 election.

Casey was reappointed to cabinet shortly after, again serving under Robert Menzies.He held various national development portfolios from 1949 to 1951, and then served as Minister for External Affairs until his retirement from politics in 1960.

In 1965, Menzies named Casey to replace Lord De L'Isle as governor-general.He served for just under four years; the only major constitutional issue during his tenure was the disappearance of Harold Holt in 1967.

The City of Casey was named in recognition of Richard Casey.

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