"Mahaan" (Great Man), biographical film regarding the life story of Bishop Caldwell

Scope and Content

English version of the film about the life story of Richard Caldwell, and his fifty year year ministry amongst the poor of South India in Tirunelveli. The film was made professionally made under the auspices of the Pastor and congregation of Holy Trinity Church at Idaiyangudi, Caldwell's original mission station. Research carried out in the archives of the London Missionary Society, based at SOAS.

Administrative / Biographical History

Rt Rev Robert Caldwell (1814-1891), served in South India with the London Missionary Society & Society for the Propagation of the Gospel. Born 7 May 1814, near Belfast. Appointed to Madras with the London Missionary Society and arrived 7 Jan 1838. On his joining the Gospel Propagation Society he resigned his connection with the London Missionary Society, which resignation was accepted by the Board on 28 Jun 1841. In 1841 he commenced a station under the Gospel Propagation Society at Edeyengoody, in Tinnevelly. On 11 Mar 1877, he was consecrated at Calcutta, Bishop in Tinnevelly, Coadjutor of the Bishop of Madras. In 1891, he resigned and retired to the Pulney Hills, South India, where he died 28 Aug.

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Acquisition Information

Copy of film donated to SOAS in November 2006.

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