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Mary Apcar’s (No. 15) 1st birthday party at Naraingunj. Standing directly behind (No. 4) is Ruben David, whom she would go on to marry in 1948.
Armenian Christmas in Dhaka 6th January 1952.
1. Leo Gregory (Marjory’s brother)
2. Marguerite Martin (Lucy and Larry’s daughter)
3. Anita Martin (Lucy and Larry’s daughter)
6. Doris Stephen
10. Noreen Martin (sister of Joyce Thaddeus)
15. Hasmik Gregory (Marjory’s uncle’s wife)
18. Arsene Thaddeus
19. Annie Isaiah
20. Arax Isaiah
21. Lucy Martin (wife of Larry)
22. Marion Gregory (Hasmik and John’s daughter)
24. Mac Agabeg
25. Father Bagrat David
28. Joyce Thaddeus
29. Victoria Gregory (Marjory’s mother known as Jill)
30. Marjory Gregory (daughter of Apcar and Jill Gregory)
31. Sophie Galstaun
32. Stepan Manook Stephen
33. Helen Sookias
34. Peter Gregory (son of Arratoon Gregory)
39. Micky Martin
41. Yessai Carapiet
42. Larry Martin (husband of Lucy)
43. George Mansur
46. Apcar Gregory (Marjory’s father)
47. Ingrid Thaddeus
53. Leo Thaddeus
55. Raffi Mackertich
57. Hambarstoom Isaiah
58. Malcolm Aidinyantz
59. John Gregory (Marjory’s uncle)
63 . Mac Pachaian
64. Haik Thaddeus
67. Armen Isaiah
So far we have been able to identify just these people. If you think you know any more names, please get in touch.
10. Terouhi/Mrs Davidian (Wife of Ter (Fr.) Nerses Davidian)
11. Ter (Fr.) Nerses Davidian
33. Vardouhi Mackertich
35. Carapiet Chater Apcar
Lunch party at Mr. Michael’s house, Dhaka
Can you spot the Armenian Church? The top of it can just be seen on the left hand side. This photograph shows just how close the Armenian houses were to the church property.
Carapiet Chater Apcar was always behind the lens of his camera. A keen photographer, he took many relaxed community photos in Dhaka during the late 1930s. Emily was his wife, Mary was his daugther, Ruben was his future son-in-law.
Doris Lucas by some flowers
Sisters Doris and Mary Lucas, thought to be taken at Naraingunj.
Apcar and Gregory families. This was taken on a picnic in Shillong which is in Assam state, India, in about 1939/40 when Mary would have been 8 or 9 years old.
1. Chater Malcolm Apcar (My mother’s brother / My uncle)
2. Yvonne Gregory
3. Mary Apcar (My mother)
4. Marian Gregory
5. Emily Apcar (My Mum’s mother / My maternal grandmother)
6. Anna Apcarian (My mother’s aunt / Her father’s sister)
7. Carapiet Chater Apcar (My Mum’s father / My maternal grandfather)
8. Hasmik Gregory (Mother of Yvonne and Marian Gregory)
9. Hasmik Gregory’s mother (Name not known)
Although Mack Stephen’s wedding to Laila Walker took place in Calcutta, Mack was a regular part of the Dhaka community.
Mack Stephen was also a cousin of Mr. Michael Martin.
Jeannette notes: As to Mack Stephen, he was very close to my grandfather (who he would call “CC”) and he was one of grandfather’s best friends. My mother tells me that Mack was a kind and generous man. He never remarried after a very civilised end to his marriage and he eventually settled in London where he ran a hotel (more a B & B) in Barkston Gardens, Kensington, close to Earls Court Tube Station. As a young child growing up in Calcutta in the 1950s – 1960s, I also have good memories of him because he would come and stay with us in Calcutta, usually every January – February to get away from the cold winters in the UK. Yes, he did buy a new Jaguar car from the French Motor Car Company in Calcutta. You have a scan of his car from the photos in one of the albums
Mack Stephen and Laila Walker
Mack Stephen’s wedding to Laila Walker.
Left bridesmaid: Noreen Martin. Right bridesmaid: Marie Khachatur
Armenian Community Dhaka 1960s