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Mar 26, 2016

Manmatha Mallik and his wife Jeanne Marie Rey with their first three children - January 1905

Manmatha Mallik and his wife Jeanne Marie Rey with their first three children - January 1905

I received this photograph from Mr. Christopher Graffius ( christopher.graffius@yahoo.co.uk ) with the following note:

Subodh Chandra Mallik was my grandmother's first cousin. His uncle, my great grandfather Manmatha Mallik was the first Indian to study at Cambridge and one of the first to become a barrister there. He stood for parliament twice in 1906 and 1910 and made his home in England. He married a French lady - Jeanne Marie Rey. Their daughter Lucia Harabandani Mallik married Chidambar Chitnis from Maharastra. He was finishing his medical studies in London because he'd been expelled from his university in India due to his activities in support of Indian independence. He practised medicine in England. Their son Pratap Chitnis was one of the first of Indian descent to be made a British Lord. Their daughter Indira Chitnis was my mother. She married an American, Melvin Graffius - I believe my name comes from the French side of the family. I live in England, but I and my family are very proud of our Indian descent and still in touch with our Indian relatives. I've attached another photogrpah which shows Manmatha and Jeanne Marie in European dress with their first three children. It was taken in England in January 1905.

More info on Manmatha Mallik on genealogy.com. Please click here.