Post and Telegraphs Department

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Tea District Post and Telegraph Department photographed by Samuel Cleland Davidson

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Historical books online

Indo-European Telegraph

Telegraph Office , Calcutta

Indo-European Telegraph Department

  • Indo-European Telegraph Department in Iran Encyclopaedia Iranica. While the IETD was an autonomous department for much of its existence, between February 1888 and April 1893, it was under direct auspices of the Director General of Indian Telegraphs. The IETD was dissolved in March 1931. There was significant intermarriage with Iranian Armenians.
    • "Scientific Instrument with a Story to Tell" by John Packer Bulletin of the Scientific Instruments Society No. 92 (2007), pages 17-18. html version, original pdf
  • This India List post indicates the IETD was sold to Cable and Wireless in 1931.
  • 1859 Suez - Aden - Karachi Cable atlantic-cable.com
    • HMS Retribution assisted in laying the first submarine telegraph cable to India, in the section between Karachi and Aden in 1859.Memories of the Sea, page 155 by Admiral Penrose Fitzgerald 1913 Archive.org
  • Indian Cables by Bill Glover atlantic-cable.com includes
    • Persian Gulf cables of 1864
    • 1869 Duplicate Cable
The through line to London opened to the public in March 1865
Historical books online

The Indo-European Telegraph Company

  • Indo-European Telegraph Company (iranica.com) was privately owned and operated by the Siemens Company. Telegrams along this route commenced from India to London in January 1870
  • The Indo-European Telegraph Company by Steven Roberts Also includes brief information about the Indo-European Telegraph Department atlantic-cable.com
  • "Europe-India Telegraph “Bridge” via the Caucasus" by Andre Karbelashvili Indian Journal of History of Science 26 (3) 1991 ,pages 277-281 html version, original pdf

Bombay - Aden – Suez Cable

Records

British Library

  • Birth/baptismal certificates in Indian Telegraph Department candidates' application papers 1877-1878 IOR/L/PWD/2/220
  • Birth/baptismal certificates in Indian Telegraph Department candidates' application papers 1865-1869 IOR/L/PWD/8/6
  • Also see L/F/10 Records of Service 1702-1928

Individuals

Selections From the Records of the Bengal Government No.VII Report On The Electric Telegraph Between Calcutta And Kedgeree by W B O’Shaughnessy MD, Superintendent of the Electric Telegraph 1852 Google Books
Memoir of Surgeon-Major Sir W. O'Shaughnessy Brooke ... in connection with the early history of the telegraph in India by M Adams 1889 Archive.org . The subject assumed the name of Brooke by Royal Licence in 1861.
As part of the Telegraph Department, he played a significant role in the Indian Mutiny. He left England, at the close of 1863, to superintend the laying of the Indo-European sea-cable along the coast of Beloochistan and Persia. He died 16 January 1865 having just accomplished the most difficult part of his task by the completion of the telegraphic line from Bagdad, to Bushire.
John Isaacson, who at the time was described as a "Sergeant, RE", arrived in Persia on 11 November 1863 and was posted to the Persian section of the IETD. He died in Bushire in 1892.
  • '"A chronological biography of Edward Graves" of the IETD, murdered 2 December 1897 html version, original pdf dandadec.co.uk