historical/biographical query

Allen W Thrasher athr at LOC.GOV
Wed Apr 20 15:14:28 UTC 2005

Maybe BACSA (British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia) has something on him in its printed works, considering Omar has given us his place of burial.


>>> Omar Khalidi <okhalidi at MIT.EDU> 04/20/05 7:55 AM >>>
George Michell, architect and author asked me this question, and I provided 
Marrett's life span as given in List of Inscriptions on Tombs or Monuments 
in the Nizam's Dominion, by O.S. Crofton, Hyderabad, 1941. Marrett lies 
buried in Hyderabad as listed in the Crofton book. The other person who may 
know is Alison Mackenzie, PhD student at UPenn/History Dept. No one in 
Hyderabad, Deccan seems to know about him beyond identifying him as the 
engineer of the PWD.

At 04:41 PM 4/19/2005 -0400, David Magier wrote:
>Dear Colleagues,
>I am having difficulty tracking down any background information to help 
>answer a reference query, and I wonder if anyone has any thoughts on where 
>I might look to find more on this topic. Any advice or assistance greatly 
>The task is to try to find out any information about the life of one 
>William Ward Marrett (1840-1904), the English architect who 
>built/decorated the Falaknuma, the palace built in Hyderabad between 1882 
>and 1892 for Nawab Vikar ul-Ulmara. Marrett lived in Italy, and is said to 
>have been buried in Hyderabad.
>That is all I know, and I don't even know what it is I don't know! 
>Thanks for any help.
>David Magier
>South/Southeast Asian Studies Librarian
>Columbia University Libraries
>magier at columbia.edu 

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