POSTANS, Thomas. 1808 — Deesa, Gujarat 11.12.1846. British Colonial Officer interested in Ethnology and Archaeology of India. Captain. Son of Thomas and Agathe Postans. Joined E.I.C. service as cadet in 1827 and came to Bombay. Political Agent in Cutch and Sind, later political agent at Nassik and Persian interpreter to Sindh Force. Captain 1843. Died as appointed member of boundary commission. Married 1833 Marianne Ridgway (1811–1897; later remarried as Mrs. Young).
Publications: “An Account of the Ruins and Site of Old Mandaví in Raepur, and Legend of Vikramáditya’s son in Cutch”, JASB 6, 1837, 648-653; “An Account of the Jain Temple at Badrasir, and Ruins of Badránagiri in Cutch“, JASB 7, 1838, 431-434; several further articles on Cutch, Sindh and Persian literature in JASB.
– “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.).
– 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. 31 p. L. 1843.
– Hints to Cadets: With a Few Observations on the Military Service of the Honorable East-India Company. 102 p. 1842.
– 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; Facts and Fictions, Illustrative of Oriental Character. 1-3. L. 1844.
Sources: JRAS 10, 1847, Proceedings vif.; https://archiveshub.jisc.ac.uk/search/archives/f97e2691-19e8-3920-b25e-977d2b6e10c7
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