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Quetta 1897.jpg
Coordinates: 30.200602°N 67.034018°E
Altitude: 1,900 m (6,230 ft)
Present Day Details
Place Name: Quetta
State/Province: Balochistan
Country: Pakistan
Transport links
North Western Railway
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Quetta, also known as Shawl, was the headquarters of Quetta-Pishin District of Baluchistan Province during the British period. It is now the largest city and provincial capital of Balochistan.

It was the location of a cantonment. There was a Barracks known as Roberts Barracks.

Spelling variants

Modern spelling: Quetta
Variants: Kwettah/Kwatah/Shawl/Shal/Shalkot

Social Life


  • Quetta Club (1879)

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Military history

FIBIS Resources

Churches and Missions


  • Mission Church (1903)


  • Church Missionary Society
  • Church of England Zanana Missionary Society (zanana=women)


A BACSA (British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia) cemetery publication is

  • Quetta: Monuments and Inscriptions by Susan Farrington, 1992 Covers the cemeteries, town's history, the staff college, railways, churches and the 1935 earthquake. See BACSA Books.

BACSA are in the process of putting the indexes to its cemetery books online and these indexes are free to browse. If an indexed name is of interest then application can be made to BACSA for details of the relevant burial inscription - charges apply for this service.

The BACSA Archive at the British Library has the following items: shelfmark Mss Eur F370: Cemetery Files
no.740: Quetta 1, Pakistan: Baleli Road: 1884-, [Note: This cemetery is probably the "Quetta Cantonment Christian Cemetery on Baleli Road"][1]
no.741: Quetta 2, Pakistan: Shaldara: closed; Lytton Road: closed; Earthquake [Note: Lytton Road is now known as Zarghoon Road]

External links

Historical books on-line

  • A gazetteer of the countries adjacent to India on the northwest Volume 2 by Edward Thornton 1844 Shawl - scroll to page 187 Google Books
  • Quetta in 1878 page 7 The Indian Borderland, 1880-1900 by Colonel Sir T Hungerford Holdich 1901 Archive.org



  1. George Henry Montague Beaty (b. January 07, 1899, d. May 31, 1935)