Anglo Indian Project Review: part III

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?

and

(2) What next for the #Angloindianproject?

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

(1) Where is the #Angloindianproject up to?

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

(i) Cuisine: The continuation of Anglo-Indian foods, including: devil chutney, pilau rice, country captain chickenplain rice and Anglo-Cuisine II. Many more to come.

(ii) People: A focus on Elaine Cynthia Hassett’s writing, Stanley WheelerLeonard Havelock Hassett and Gemrose Hassett, David Vincent Hassett and the challenges of finding ‘generation 8’

(iii) The Family Tree: Details of the first four stages of the family tree: initial findings, John Pereiras influence, Hilda Mildred Hassetts influence and ‘generation 7’.

(iv) Context: Various films about Anglo-Indians: The Lost Home of the Anglos, Anglo-Indian stories with Norma Parker and Noel Thomas and Billy Connolly’s family search in India. In addition, Indian Independence Day 2015, the sir Cowasjee Jehangir drinking fountainIndia’s economic risea tour of Bombay and the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi were documented.

(v) Project outputs: As the project has grown 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.

That is where the Anglo Indian Project is right now.

Some people mentioned so far have not been addressed in any detail yet and in addition, a number of others have been identified throughout the Anglo Indian Project, so far, and not mentioned yet. These will be addressed, in detail, in future entries.

(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

2. Edith Aileen Smith – more focus on her life

3. Stanley Wheeler – more context on his life

4. Elaine Cynthia Wheeler – additional insights from her life

5. Leonard Havelock Hassett – insights from his life

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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. Useful resources for researching ancestry

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

4. How to manage large amounts of data

5. Reviews of useful books and organisations

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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

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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)

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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

Cover picture credit: Dr Laura Bui

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