“Thank you for posting the information….
Sadly l think that too much time has elapsed since the majority of Anglo
Indians took the option to leave, after the Independence of India and the
following generation, now in their late 60's+, possibly having a family of
their own, have lost the significance of their heritage and at some time in
the future the following generations will be unaware of the past.
Were it not for sites, such as yours, F.I.B.S. and Family Search, etc,
who are recording the past events these important periods of history would
be completely forgotten, for this we thank you all.”….Michael S.
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, Chutney
and perhaps of those long ago years when India dominated the
international scene in field Hockey.
In the 18th century the term
"Anglo-Indian" was used by Warren Hastings to 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. An Anglo Indian therefore means a
person whose father or any of whose other male progenitors in the
male line is or was of European descent but who is domiciled
within the territory of India and is or was born within such
territory of parents habitually resident therein and not established
there for temporary purposes only.
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 realise 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 for
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
Russel & Enid Fonceca
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