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enquiry about Mr Al Murad Khn

Dear Sir,

I was very pleased to discover your remarkable, rich and informative Talpur website. I am undertaking some research for an exhibition on the Muslim cameleers who arrived in Australia from the 1860s and who pioneered the transport and communication routes of Central Australia, using camels. One small piece of information has revealed that a key figure in making this possible was a man known to the British apparently as ´Morad Khan´. It looks very much as though this man was Mr Al Murad Khn, of Khaipur in the Sindh.

In 1866 ´Morad Khan´ apparently also enabled the South Australian pastoralist Samuel Stuckey to obtain the first batch of camels and cameleers for South Australia inland pastoral properties. Stuckey had visited Karachi and the surrounding Sind desert in 1862. Here is an extract from his Reminiscences (PRG 1191/10 State Library of South Australia):

<< .... Sinde is a desert in a slightly greater degree than the northern portion of South Australia. I had always been under the impression ... that the northern coutnry would improve after being settled and stocked, but my ideas were somewhat modified after my vsit to Sinde, a country that had been inhabited by industrious, intelligent people for many hundreds of years. I obtained an introduction to the Commissioner of Sinde. He took a lively interest in the object of my mission and arranged a meeting for me with Morad Khan at the Government House. This Morad Khan had been made a Bahador (or lord) and granted a considerable extent of land on the River Hubb on the boundary of Persia. It was arranged that Morad Khan should take a trip into Sinde where I could see camels at home. In due course a camel and some attendants were sent around for me at my hotel, and we started in the evening. After travelling a few miles, and at the setting of the sun, the camels were all put down and the Nados kneeled in evening prayer - such a performance I had never witenessed before amongst my companions in my travels in South Australia, although we styled ourselves chiristians, and no doubt subscribed to send missionaries to these beniighted heathens. .... We had with us twelve baggage camels, eight riding camels, and two saddle horses with ten or twelve men. We were out about ten days, travelling principally by camels, also by boat and rail... >>

It seems to me that this man, known as ´Morad Khan´ had considerable influence and power, among the British and among his own people. As your website suggests, the apparently generous ´land grant´ to him, may simply have been the restitution of the estates.

I would be very interested if you could confirm that this ´Morad Khan´ may in fact be Mr Al Murad Khn. If so, it would be wonderful if we could include his photograph, and any other related material (in digital form) in our exhibition, which will travel nationally through Australia from June of this year.

I look forward to your reply,


Philip Jones

Dr Philip Jones,
Senior Curator, Department of Anthropology,
South Australian Museum, North Terrace, Adelaide, S.A. 5000
ph 08 82077325
email: [email protected]

Post by : Dr Philip Jones on [ 0000-00-00 00:00:00 ]

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Respected Dr. Philip Jones,
Sincere thanks for appreciating our effort to present the history of our Talpur family.
It will be disappointing for you to learn that Mir Ali Murad and the Morad Khan that you mention were entirely different persons because the said Morad Khan had land in Hubb,in Balochistan while Mir Ali Murad Khan´s Principality was in Khairpur and that is about 500 away. Secondly there is mention of Morad Khan taking a trip into Sinde. Mir Murad Ali was in Khairpur and that is a part of Sindh.
Undoubtedly the Morad Khan you mention must have had influence to have been granted land and accorded the title ´Bahadur´ but he had nothing to do with the Talpur family.
I would suggest that you try to direct you enquiry to British Museum and its records of land grants by the Commissioner Sindh to individuals in Hubb. There you may possibly find a clue.
Had it been Mir Ali Murad, I certainly would have sent you a picture of his and also letter that he wrote to my ancestors as they were related.
I wish you success in your venture.
With Best Wishes
Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur
Tando Mir Mahmood
Hyderabad Sindh.

Reply by : Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur on [ 20 February 2007 17:48:00 ]

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