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Anglo-Indian - the term that means different things
to different people, that perhaps conjures up images of life as portrayed in the film
"Bhowani Junction", or reminds some of the shikari days as lived by such
people as Jim Corbett in the jungles of Naini Tal or perhaps of entertainers such as
Engelbert Humperdinck (Arnold George DORSEY with his band of men). To the foreigner
however, it may only remind him of Darjeeling Tea, the Taj, Bengal Tigers, Spicy Pickles, Hot Vindaloo Curries, pappadums,
perhaps of those long ago years when India dominated the international scene in
In the 18th century
the term "Anglo-Indian" was used by Warren Hastings
describe both the British in India and their Indian-born children. According to the
constitution of India however, you must be of male European descent to be called and to be
recognised as an Anglo-Indian.
Today in each of the Western
Countries (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United States and Britain) where Anglo-Indian families emigrated to, and I might add that in many cases it was more out of
necessity than out of choice, the term signifies a world minority. These families, the first generation of Anglo-Indians who packed their
possessions in steel trunks, having decided to take up the challenge in some distant land
far from their place of birth, and with only A$10 a family in their pockets and no
assisted passages being granted to them, were the fore-bearers of the Anglo-Indian
culture, a culture that was bred and developed over many years into a mixed race
that lent itself to being rich in so many other ways.
The children and grand
children of these early Anglo-Indian families, are now tracing back their ancestry
and family trees, for
they realise that the opportunities that are now being made available to them to
their full potential as talented individuals in so many fields, have been due to a very
large extent to that decision made by their parents and grand parents for their own
benefit. It is fair to say therefore that the reasons for their journey to the land
of their parents place of birth (India) will be for more than to satisfy their inherited appetite
This page is dedicated to
those early pioneers who had the courage to embark on maiden voyages heading for distant
lands and leaving behind family, friends and fond memories.
To them we say "THANK
Russel & Enid Fonceca
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Family Board Game. $28
Collection of Stories. by Zelma Phillips
Railways of the Raj.
Anglo-Indian Story.. by Esther Mary Lyons
Unsung Heroes of
the Railways in India
in the Indian Air Force.
Graham's Home in Kalimpong for orphans and children in need
Hotel Rockholm in
Trivandrum is run by an Anglo-Indian Family