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#Bengaliwomantravellers #পথিকৃৎ (4) Rajkumari Bannerjee, is credited with being the first Hindu woman from Bengal to cross the dreaded Kalapani and visit England with her husband Shashipada Bannerjee. If in case, that name sounds familiar, it would be because we have

discussed about him in brief on our second post and would do so again at the end of this thread. Rajkumari Devi was born in the year 1847 and married to Shashipada Banerjee at the age of 13 in the year 1860. At the time of marriage she was illiterate, but under
Shashipada Bannerjee

Initially, SB was apprehensive about accepting Mary Carpenter's invitation and taking his wife Rajkumari Bannerjee along. 
He writes :

She does not know English. Your friends must not expect much from her visit. You know how difficult it is for a Hindu lady to give up idolatry and various superstitious notions of her country. I accept your kind invitation to take her with me, not that she will be able to do anything to satisfy your friends, but only to show to my countrywomen that they could have their due position in soci- ety. We go to see English life and benefit by seeing English institu- tions, so that on our return, we may be able to do some good to the working classes.

Shashipada had started various schools for women and also ran homes for widows. 
Due to his progressive views he was banished by his own family and also ancestral property.
Shashipada's tutelage she could read and write within a year of her marriage. Shashipada had been excommunicated by his own family due to his sympathizing with the Brahmo Samaj and promoting both women's education and widow remarriage. It is mentioned that when the couple
visited their ancestral home, before their journey to England, neighbours had indeed stoned them. Such was the rigidity in matters of foreign travel, at the time. Mary Carpenter who was visiting India , was quite impressed with Shashipada's work and invited them to England.
Mary Carpenter, (born April 3, 1807, Exeter, Devon, Eng.—died June 14, 1877, Bristol, Gloucestershire), British philanthropist, social reformer, and founder of free schools for poor children, the “ragged schools.”
So, in 1871, Shashipada and Rajkumari Bannerjee set sail for England on the steamship Olga. They stayed at the Red Lodge House in Bristol and it was here that their son Albion Bannerjee was born, who later recounts how his mother had "sacrificed her personal feelings and threw
Son of Rajkumari And Shashipada Bannerjee, Albion Rajkumar Bannerjee was the "first Brahmin born on British soil".
Born in 1871, on Rajkumari Bannerjee's westward travel.

Sir Albion Rajkumar Banerjee (10 October 1871 – 25 February 1950) was an Indian civil servant and administrator who served as the Diwan of Cochin from 1907 to 1914, 21st Diwan of Mysore from 1922 to 1926, and as Prime Minister of Kashmir from 1927 to 1929.
herself into the ordeal for the sake of the cause of Indian womanhood".
Mary Carpenter writes about her: If she learnt nothing here, the simple fact of her braving all dif- ficulties and persecutions courageously to devote herself with her husband to take the first great step for the emancipation of her sisters is most important, and
had significance which can hardly be exaggerated." Sadly, Rajkumari had a short life and passed away at the age of 29 in the year 1976. Following her death, Shashipada remarried. It was from his second marriage that he had a daughter called Banalata Devi. The founding editor
Of Antahpur Magazine, along with her father . The magazine that was run completely by women and that provided women with a platform to write their travelogues, and the one we have discussed in the second thread of this series.
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