Anglo-Indian Project Review: Part IX

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Four months since the last time out to reflect on progress, this is a review of the past few months. It’s 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 31 December 2016.

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Since the last review 33 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 (12)

A strong focus on the ancestral lines in the past four months has produced twelve posts regarding people.  The records of William Hassett and John Hassett started this focus. A couple of posts regarding Edith Aileen Wharton followed – one post suggesting that she married for a third time and some eerie links to her namesake, author Edith Wharton. The marriage of Frederick Augustus Murray and Sarah Ann Blakeman was then presented, followed by the discovery of the first potential Dutch ancestor Susan Ann Vanderputt and her marriage to James Alexander Murray, and following the Murray line, the records of May Marjorie Murray were posted.

Following the Smith lineage, the records of Emma Violet SmithAlfred George Astridge, Samuel Carey Gordon, Jane Sophia D’Rufsett and Anne Cecilia Caroline Watts were presented.


A similarly strong focus on contextual posts and links to resources. After bringing in the New Year, the valuable British Library resources were presented, followed by a review of Man Eaters of Kumaon, a focus on British Empire: Principles, characters and ambitions and the presidencies of British IndiaIndias illegal tiger tradeCambridge University’s celebration of India, UK-India cultural connections with William Darymple, a short film on Bow Barracks and more Anglo-Indian stories with Nigel Foote.

A series of posts focused on Vipassana: Vipassana meditation, Vipassana in an Indian prison and the Dhama Brothers in a US prison.  

The immediate impact of the British withdrawal from India in 1947 was documented in the Day India Burned, followed by a documentary exploring Mega City, Bombay (Mumbai). Wrapping up the context and resources was Amia Srinivasan’s fascinating (philosophical) discussion on genealogy.

(III) FOOD (5)

Less focus on foods than the previous themes, but four delicious posts: Hyderabadi Chicken Currymeatball curryAnglo-Indian Sunday lunchAnglo-Indian Easter treats and Anglo-Indian Chicken Pepper Fry.


In the review at the end of 2016 there was a promise of more food-for-thought in 2017, and a busy few months have provided another series of posts which raised as many questions as they answered. The discoveries of new ancestors have opened many new lines of enquiry, which will keep the project busy going forward. A number of posts remain drafted – currently 137 – waiting to be finalised ready for posting. In addition, 20 new people have been discovered and once the records are located and copied, they will appear here. This will inevitably open even more lines of enquiry and the discovery of new records and information. A vast number of posts are still in the making which reflect on the trip to Bombay (Mumbai) in 2016, and plans are in the pipeline for a return to India soon.

Food – a fundamental part of Anglo-Indian life – has been a focus of the Anglo-Indian Project so far and there are many more delicious Anglo-Indian recipes to be cooked, tasted and shared.

Not forgetting that 2017 is the UK-India Year of Culture, a crucial year for highlighting the Anglo-Indian Community and the Anglo-Indian Project plans to be involved in doing so. New ideas for taking the project further grow by the day. Reflecting on the AIP – vital for keeping focus – will continue.

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)

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

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

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