Thanks again, Winnie, for this further explanation. I had understood
from Cathy Day's description of Blacktown/Georgetown and White
Town/Park Town (RootsWeb archive) that the former was essentially mixed
race, leading to the conclusion that my ancestry was more varied than I
had thought! But your quotation puts it in a difference light if the
Blacktown church, where my gg-mama was baptised, was indeed the church
assigned to British/European Catholics in Madras during the early days
of the British Raj.
Having looked up the ozemail website you provided, I assume that the
URL referred to was in fact the "Family History in India" website, esp.
, also linked to
Peter Bailey's FIBIS website
- where only St
Marys (Co-Cathedral) in Georgetown is listed - 4 times.
: -D iana
On 30 Sep 2004, at 11:11, win wrote:
quote " In those bygone days, 350 years ago St Mary's was a
chapel erected in the cemetery of the area then referred to as Black
Town, now known as George Town. It remained as an insignificant
cemetery chapel for 2 centuries, until the British came to power. The
Catholics were assigned to worship in this chapel instead of St Mary's
in the Fort. The chapel was renovated and extended and eventually
became a Cathedral. The Parish of St Mary's at that time had two
sub-stations; one was St Anthony's Church, Park Town and the other was
St John's at Davidson Street, George Town"
This was St John's Chapel ( as related to me by a venerable old nun
associated with St.Columbia's Anglo Indian School, down the next
In 2003 a book brought out by the Dept.of the Library & Information
Sciences mentions that Catholic Church Archives of Archdiocese of
Madras - Mylapore have been microfilmed in colloboration with the
Genealogical Society of Utah, all B M Ds The list is available they
say at http://www.ozemail.com.au