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James Allen interviewed by Mel Pratt for the Mel Pratt collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 2244182
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Allen, James Lawrence, 1913-1990, Interviewee
 
Online Versions
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1976 Mar. 5 
1 tape reels : 1 7/8 ips., mono. ; 5 in. 
Series

Mel Pratt collection.

Summary

James Allen, a diplomat, talks of his early life in India; Indian Civil Service; experiences in Burma during World War II; joining the Australian Foreign Service; the partition of India; India's criticisms of the British; Moslems in India; the establishment of Pakistan; the division between the Punjab and Bengal; communication difficulties; West and East Pakistan relations; birth of Bangladesh; Pakistan army and East Pakistan; Australia's recognition of Bangladesh; advantages of speaking Urdu and Bengali; Nagori mission; rehabilitation programme; rural development in Nagori; Syvester Corraya; self help programme; controlled irrigation; assistance to Bangladesh; Australian Society for Intercountry Aid for Children urbanisation; intervention of India in the birth of Bangladesh; Bengali's response to India's intervention.

Biography/History

James Allen spent his early life in India and later made a career in the Australian Foreign Service. He was an authority on the Indian subcontinent and will probably be best remembered for his work in East Pakistan which later become Bangaldesh. On retiring became President of Lifeline and undertook the planning and building of Mirinjani Retirement Village, Canberra.

Notes

Recorded at his home in Canberra.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-214917676

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary and transcript (32 p.) 
Subjects Allen, James Lawrence, 1913-1990 -- Interviews.  |  Diplomats -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Bangladesh -- Politics and government -- Anecdotes.  |  Pakistan -- Politics and government -- Anecdotes.
Other authors/contributors Pratt, Mel, -1986, Interviewer

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ORAL TRC 121/76 (transcript)
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ORAL TRC 121/76 (summary)
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