Post and Telegraphs Department

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Also known as Posts and Telegraphs Department.

Tea District Post and Telegraph Department photographed by Samuel Cleland Davidson


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Historical books online

Probable 1903 edition, (although not cataloged as such), Public Library of India Collection. Generally poor quality print.
Henry S. King & Co.'s Hand book for homeward-bound travellers from India, Australia and the East 1893 National Library of Australia. Includes the telegraph code to be used, (from page 12) as words or phrases more than ten letters are charged double.
Article "Compression, Correction, Confidentiality, and Comprehension: A Look at Telegraph Codes" by Steven M. Bellovin "Preliminary version – March 25, 2009".

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.
  • This India List post indicates the IETD was sold to Cable and Wireless in 1931.
  • 1859 Suez - Aden - Karachi Cable
    • 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
  • Indian Cables by Bill Glover 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

Bombay - Aden – Suez Cable


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
  • Civil Lists IOR/V/13, V13/246-276. 1866 to c 1954. A researcher found a December 1929 death in Civil Lists Indian Posts and Telegraph Department May 1930 to April 1932, IOR V/13/260. This death was not recorded in the records on findmypast.


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 . 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.