Anglo-Indian Project Review: Part VII

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It’s been over 3 months since the last time out to reflect on progress (this is a belated review of the past few months).

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 Anglo-Indian Project up to?


(2) What next for the Anglo-Indian Project?

This summary will focus on progress since the last review posted on 30 June 2016.

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Since the last review 24 posts have been published on a range of topics and are summarised below in broad subject areas with the number of posts in brackets.

(I) PEOPLE (2)

The records of two of the Wharton children (siblings of Edith Aileen Wharton) were documented, Lilian Gertrude Anne Wharton (1902) and Roland Hamilton Wharton (1905). Based on some recent searches, there are more records to come from the Wharton’s.


Travel posts dominated the AIP this past few months focused on Bombay (Mumbai), particularly, Tips of a Mumbaikar (by Shereen Mir), Bombay City Tour (by jasper100ish) and Bombay City Tour II, (by Nurettin Yilmaz) some alternate films ‘Walk Around the Streets of Bombay’ (by François Henri Heinz and InterMission), Travelling in Trains (by Sunith), images of Bombay in the Monsoon (by Why I Love Mumbai), a post bringing the travel tips togetherbringing the travel tips together, an exploration of things to do in Bombay and some reflections on the purpose travelling to Bombay in 2016.


The Ruin of India by British India (by Henry M. Hyndman), a series of films about The Great Moghuls (by crescentmuhammad), (inspired during the trip to Bombay) Ganesh Chaturthi 2016 and some Green Innovations during the Ganesha Festival 2016. In addition a post revisiting the question ‘Who are Anglo-Indians?‘ and an interesting portrayal of Being Anglo-Indian (by Karan Kapoor).


Some thoughts on Family Research Challenges, the 150th post reflecting on the AIP so far, Thoughts on Blog Schedules (inspired by, and linked to, Davy D) and a post summarising the AIP – About the AIP. The theme of reflection has been the thread of the past few months and culminated in a post reflecting on the first AIP post, Researching Your Ancestors in India: Where to Start?


Trying to ‘explain’ Bombay is challenging but the post Explaining Bombay (by kittyzenkane) did a good job of bringing to life this complex city, and assisted in compiling an initial reflection on the trip to Bombay 2016. 

That is where the Anglo Indian Project is right now. A lot of posts – now 167 posts (including this one).


There have been many discoveries in the past few months, new family records found and the trip to Bombay in September revealed a number of new avenues for exploration. These will all be posted in the near future. The ‘bank of draft posts’ and new ideas for taking the project further grow by the day. Reflecting on  the AIP – vital for keeping focus – will continue.

A few snap shots of future posts:


  1. Lots of new information on the family of Clifford Melville Carr Smith
  2. Likewise, some interesting additions to the Hassett lineage – did they have wealth after all?
  3. Additional insight into the life of Stanley Wheeler
  4. More context on the life of Elaine Cynthia Hassett
  5. A continued search for breaking the obstacle of Generation 8


  1. Sharing of additional resources for ancestry / genealogical research
  2. Managing large amounts of data
  3. Reviews of key literature and organisations


  1. Inspired by the trip to Bombay, lots more information on the context of Anglo-Indians
  2. 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)
  3. Some insight from broader research and contemporary thought on colonisation, empire and the impact on the contemporary world
  4. Spies and intelligence gathering in British India
  5. More detail about the East India Company
  6. History of Bombay
  7. Gandhi’s influence on the Anglo-Indian community


  1. Continuing to explore travel to India – reflecting on the recent trip to Bombay – providing tips, thoughts and insights.


  1. Many more delicious recipes and food posts to come.


  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 – with new information gathered in Bombay
  3. Another trip to India in 20?? – the fire is lit, let’s keep it burning.

This is just a snap shot, there’s plenty more planned. Hopefully this summary is a useful point to pause and reflect.

Links to previous summaries:


Anglo-Indian Project Review: Part I (12 posts)

Anglo-Indian Project Review: Part II (21 posts)

Anglo-Indian Project Review: Part III (24 posts)

Anglo-Indian Project Review: Part IV (18 posts)


Anglo-Indian Project Review: Part V (25 posts)

Anglo-Indian Project Review: Part VI (36 posts)

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