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Coll 29/5 'Seistan: vice consulate appointments (Zabul)' [‎18r] (36/185)

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The record is made up of 1 file (90 folios). It was created in 13 Mar 1931-22 Jul 1946. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.


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PcirGonal aspects of Life _a G Vlce^onsul, Zabul .
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!• Preliminary Note*
present Vice Consul, Zabul, has spent a total of
. bout 3 weeks only at Zabul, and about 8j months at Birlnnd
£a n t£2fT« f vislts t0 Meshed). The reason
is that in August 1941 Persia was occu ied by British and
£° r ? e ® f an ^ shortly after the preparation of the
v h *°f r ?? d ^ or conv °y s to Russia was taken in hand.
80 declined from its importance that the place for
the vice-consul Zabul was obviously at Birjand (his nlace of
rece js in summer) in order to help convoys on their route. It
will be seen from the map that Zabul lies entirely off the
zahi^^ h v d £°* te V vhile Birjand lies half way between
^ahidan and i shea, in November 1941 therefore the Consul
General directed the Vice Consul Zabul to proceed to Birjand
^no^L+ ,era ?f n there n indefinitely, in accordance with future
01338 likely that in future there will be a Vice
w 0 ^io^ e r 7 ^? t f ad of tl } G P resent Consular Office) at Biriand,
O ^ n 2 W ^^-Consulate) will be made a Consular
0 tice and put under Zahidan, which will be a Consulate.
3i*\1^nd f0ll0V/ing notes w111 therefore be based mainly on
ClIrnat e -iml general standard of health.
• Tlle altitude of Birjand town Is approximately 4,700 feet
J ts latitude is approximately 33 H. The
wir!+^ vlierefore is comparatively cool in summer and cold in
inter, ihe summer temperature prohahly does not rise shore
flfo 111 if shade; the winter temperature in a severe winter nay
descend to about 20 below freezing. * ^
+ . no Gonsu:i - a te doctor at Birjand at present, but
i » ed above contribute to healthiness in
ivlo® . Kel ^ a » or country house in which the vice
v, s i^ uate d 4 miles to the south of Birjand town.
^ , d ‘% hu ??r e J feet h -Sher. The situation of the Kelata
, lR ‘ i ^ nl lt .^ salated a nd exposed to k en winds in winter. But it
S ? 00d 4 .* n oUnmer > an ^ has the advantage of a sut>-d1v of reallv
mount iins r irT^«Mat C ? mC + i +^ a t,Ka^ezt, or underground channel from the
}-•• lth^or i ^^o^ 1 ^3? th ® South r The chief detriment to
isolation. P rs0n livln S alon0 a t the Kelata is probably
ta r 88 1 know » have not varied much In
In recent years the winters have varied considerably.
The paot ■inter has been one of snow, ice and mud, with the y
0116 ^? ht re P° rted to hnve fallen to 25° below
or with 8 very little°'mow. tW ° ° r threC wlntcr3 wer9 entirli^r without,
wimww ■^ 8 t ? ler&f0re “disable to equip oneself lightly for
d- f one would do in equivalent conditions in India, x
and be prepared to face the rigours of cold In winter.

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The file concerns appointments at the Consulates in Seistan and Zabul.

The file covers:

  • appointment of G Fawsitt Taylor as Medical Officer and Vice Consul to Seistan, in 1931
  • appointment of T F Shepherd as member of the staff
  • appointment of J J Beausang as Medical Officer and Vice Consul to Seistan, in 1932 (acting)
  • creation of the post of Vice Consul at Zabul [Afghanistan]
  • appointment of L A C Fry as Vice Consul at Zabul, in 1937
  • appointment of W V D Willoughby as Vice Consul at Zabul, in 1937
  • appointment of L H V French as Vice Consul at Zabul, in 1942
  • appointment of R A Clinton Thomas as Vice Consul at Zabul, in 1942
  • creation of the post of Assistant to the Vice Consul at Zabul
  • Personal aspects of Life as Vice-Consul, Zabul , report by L H V French, 1942 (ff 18-21).

The file is composed solely of internal correspondence between the Foreign Office, the India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. , the Government of India, the Passport Office, the Consulate in Seistan, the British Minister at Tehran, the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, and the Office of the High Commissioner for India.

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1 file (90 folios)

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the file.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 92; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio.

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