Thomas Postans

Birth: 1808

Death:1846

Thomas Postans (1808-1846) was a British Colonial Officer interested in Ethnology and Archaeology of India. He was born in 1888, the only son of Thomas Postans and his wife, Agathe. Died on 11 Dec 1846 as appointed member of boundary commission, buried at Deesa Cemetary, Gujerat, India.

Postans entered the Service of the Hon. East India Company as a Cadet and came to Bombay. In 1827; Second Lieutenant, 2 Sep 1828; Captain, 2 Sep 1843; in Command of 15th Native Infantry Regiment, Bombay Army; Assistant Political Agent in the Upper Sindh and Biluchistan; Line Adjutant at Bhooj; Resident at the Court of H. H. the Bhaiya Bhye of Nassik; Persian Interpreter to the Sindh Force; appointed Boundary Commissioner at Deesa, 1846.

Thomas Postans married Marianne Ridgway, 9 Feb 1833. After his death, Marianne married again, William Henry Young, surgeon of H.M. 28th Regiment of Foot. Thomas was the elder brother of Mary Postans, a well-known English contralto/mezzo-soprano between 1834 and 1849.

Publications: [1] Notes of a Journey to Girnar, in the Province of Kattywar, for the purpose of copying the ancient Inscriptions upon the Rock near that place, undertaken by order of Bombay Government", JASB 5:2, 1838, 865-887 (anonymously publ.); other articles in JASB. [2] Personal Observations on Sindh: the Manners and Customs of its Inhabitants, and its capabilities. 15+402 p. L. 1843; Observations on the Increase of Commerce by means of the river Indus. L. 1843. [3] Hints to Cadets: With a Few Observations on the Military Service of the Honorable East-India Company. 102 p. 1842. [4] By Mrs. Postans: Cutch; or, Random Sketches, taken during a Residence in one of the Northern Provinces of Western India. 19+283 p. L. 1839.

References:

JRAS 10, 1847, Proceedings vif.;

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