Cincinnatus Fabian D'Abreo

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Cincinnatus Fabian D’Abreo
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Born 24 September 1862
Goa, Portuguese India
Died 25 January 1929
Residence Karachi
Nationality Indian
Alma mater St Patrick's High School, Karachi
Occupation administrator, politician and businessman
Known for Founding the Karachi Goan Association
Cincinnatus Town
Notable work contribution to civic life in Karachi
Board member of

President of the Karachi Municipality

Indian Life Assurance Company
Karachi Building and Development Company

Cincinnatus Fabian D’Abreo was an administrator and politician in Goa, Portuguese India. He was born on 24 September 1862. His father, Manuel D’Abreo had migrated to Sindh in 1846. Cincinnatus was married to Maggie Gomes with whom he had five children, Joe, Maggie, Alfred, Gwennie and Bill.

He was educated at St Patrick's High School, Karachi. However, he had to discontinue his studies at the age of 16 and earn a living, due to the unfortunate death of his father. He was first employed by the Civil and Military Gazette Press as a clerk. Two years later he joined the British business, Forbes, Forbes and Campbell, engaged in the import and export trade. In 1889, at the age of 27, he joined the Sind Commissioner’s office as a clerk. In 1895 he was promoted to the position of assistant collector of Sukkur and finally was elected president of the municipality.

In 1897 he returned to Karachi, where he occupied various posts such as assistant collector of customs, and shipping master. He was appointed acting collector of customs on two occasions. He was a councillor of Karachi Municipality for many years and made a remarkable contribution to civic life in Karachi.

D’Abreo was instrumental in starting the Karachi Goan Association. He also played a part in the launch of the Indian Flour Mills, the Union Press, and the Indian Life Assurance Company, of which he was secretary for many years. He was also one of the directors of the Karachi Building and Development Company.

In 1917 he retired from service and devoted himself to various social activities. He was held in high esteem by the people of Karachi, who named him among the 12 leading citizens of Sindh. He died on 25 January 1929.[1]

D'Abreo acquired 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) of land outside the cantonment. In 1908, this was developed into Karachi's first planned township named Cincinnatus Town, which today forms part of Garden East.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ "The pioneer of Karachi". 
  2. ^ "Pakistan Christian Post 13 April 2000". 
  3. ^ "Dawn May 12, 2005". 
  4. ^ Pithawalla, Maneck Bejan. An introduction to Karachi : its environs and hinterland. Karachi : Times Press, 1950.