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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.

The Army Staff College moved to Quetta in 1907. Established in 1905, it was a training college for existing officers to become eligible for Staff appointments. It is now known as the Command and Staff College and is the most prestigious institution of the Pakistan Army.

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.

FamilySearch have digitised the above BACSA book, which has restricted access, but which may be viewed on a FamilySearch computer at a FamilySearch Centre. Catalogue entry. For more information, see FamilySearch Centres. Update June 2018. It appears that FamilySearch digital viewing is no longer possible. To be clarified.

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

Page 97, 6.5.18. 114 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps prepares to leave for Quetta, where it remained for six months.
  • "Come fly with me: Early days of the RAF in India" by Pat Ellingham March 22, 2019. bristolmuseums.org.uk. Information about the films made by Leonard de Ville Chisman late 1920s/1930s including on the North West Frontier. These films are in the Bristol Museums British Empire and Commonwealth Film collection/ Chisman (ref. 2006/005), (not currently available online). “The sequence documenting Quetta both before and after the great earthquake of 1935 are of particular interest.“

Historical books online