Tom Sharrad

Tom Sharrad

The author (B.A. Southampton, M.St. Oxford) is a writer and historian based in London. He is currently enrolled on a PhD at University College London working on the life of the Victorian traveller and diplomat Edward Backhouse Eastwick. He tweets @tomsharrad, Untold lives tweets @UntoldLives

Life at the fringes of empire: Edward Eastwick in Sindh

Edward Eastwick (1814-1883) entered the service of the East India Company at the comparatively late age of 22, after arriving in Bombay in the summer of 1836. This was not Eastwick’s first trip abroad. Following the unlikely advice of a family doctor and the ‘earnest solicitations’ of his wife, Eastwick’s father Robert had taken his sickly 10-year-old son on a year-long opium-trading voyage to China in 1825. Eastwick caught the travel bug, and probably many others besides. The privations of this early voyage may have gone some way to prepare Eastwick for his first posting in India as ‘Assistant Political Agent, Upper Sindh’. After an ...

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