Anglo-Indian Project Review: part IV

It’s already been 3 months since the last time out to reflect on progress.

It is easy to lose track of information and begin getting confused by it all, so this is another quick summary of:

(1) Where is the #Angloindianproject up to?


(2) What next for the #Angloindianproject?

This summary will focus on progress since the last review posted on 30 September 2015.

(1) Where is the #Angloindianproject up to?

Since the last review, eighteen blog posts have been published on a range of topics:

(i) Cuisine: The continuation of Anglo-Indian foods, including: coconut rice, kedgeree and ball curry. Many more to come in 2016.

(ii) People: A focus on Edith Aileen Hassett, Stanley Wheeler (birthday), the marriage of David Vincent Hassett and Edith Aileen Wharton and Elaine Cynthia Wheeler (birthday).

(iii) Context: Various films about Anglo-Indians and related media: Mahatma Gandhi monument, interesting posts from other blogs on Bombay: version I and version II, Anita Rani ancestry documentary, exploration of the life of Mahatma Gandhi and in search of Gandhi, two documentaries exploring the Bombay railway and the Indian hill railways and an interview with Peter Moss on his Anglo-Indian upbringing.

(v) Project outputs: A blog in October focused on resources for ancestry research and as the project has grown further it has become necessary, and useful, to document, share and gather information using a range of formats: Twitter, Facebook,YouTube, Instagram and this blog. A blog post with these contact details was posted in September 2015.

(vi) Award: excitingly, the Anglo-Indian Project was nominated for a Liebster award highlighting the work so far.

That is where the Anglo Indian Project is right now.

(2) What next for the Anglo Indian Project?

The information presented so far is still only a tiny piece of the overall information gathered to date. At the time of writing over 100 draft blog posts sit in the #Angloindianproject, waiting to be finalised and posted. A few snap shots of future posts:

1. Insights into the offspring of the Hassetts, Whartons, Pereiras and Smiths – including new people and exploration

2. Stanley Wheeler – more context on his life

3. Elaine Cynthia Wheeler – additional insights from her life

4. Leonard Havelock Hassett – insights from his life


Still not covered in detail is the process of gathering ancestry information. A few highlights of things to come:

1. More information on gathering information on family history

2. Overcoming (apparent) obstacles and brick walls in finding information

3. How to manage large amounts of data

4. Reviews of useful books and organisations


There are also many contextual areas of interest. To name a few:

1. Spies and intelligence gathering in British India

2. More detail about the East India Company

3. More Anglo-Indian cuisine

4. History of Bombay

5. Crime and Justice in British India

6. Gandhi’s influence on the Anglo-Indian community


Not forgetting the unanswered questions from the family research so far. Again, just a few:

1. How far back do the Hassett’s go? (I will break through generation 8!)

2. Who was the first full Indian citizen in the family? (or at least the earliest I can find)

3. How many family members are there in total? (As I start to explore the extended family, the volume of people is incredible)

4. What can we learn from our ancestors? (very important – aside from just retaining family information and records for posterity – the information can be used to learn about ourselves and the contemporary world we live in)


Moving further forward, a few plans:

1. Still mining data and searching for additional names and information

2. Continuing to build the ‘family map’ – where ancestors lived, worked, settled, were buried, and a few other notable locations

3. A trip to India in 2016 moves closer by the day, using the ‘family map’ as a guide, which will hopefully provide further information, but at least it will provide some visuals to accompany the records and the write-ups

That’s just a snap shot, there’s plenty more planned

Hopefully this summary is a useful point to pause and reflect (it certainly is for me!)

Links to previous summaries:

Angloindianproject Review: Part I

Angloindianproject Review: Part II

Angloindianproject Review: Part III

Cover picture credit: Dr Laura Bui

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Interact with the Anglo Indian Project:

Twitter: @angloindianproj or search #Angloindianproject

Facebook: Anglo Indian Project

Instagram: Anglo Indian Project

YouTube: Anglo Indian Project

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