Lancelot Graham

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Sir Lancelot Graham as Governor of Sindh

Sir Lancelot Graham, KCSI, KCIE (1880–1958)[1] was an Indian civil servant during the British Raj. He served as the first Governor of Sind[2] from 1 April 1936[3] to 31 March 1941.[4]

During his governorship, in order to encourage notables of the province, letters of appreciation were issued to various politicians and landlords of Sind for their public service to their territories and the country as a whole. One of his principal advisers was Sir Shah Nawaz Bhutto, father of the later prime minister of Pakistan Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Khan Sahib Shahal Khan Khoso also received letters of appreciation from Graham. Graham appointed Khan Bahadur Ghulam Nabi Kazi MBE as his first Director of Public Instruction to head the Education Sector in Sindh. Upon Kazi's retirement in 1939, he appointed Dr Umar Bin Muhammad Daudpota to that position.[5] While governor, he laid the foundation stone for the Sind Assembly building on March 11, 1940.[6]

He was appointed a CIE in 1924,[7] knighted with the KCIE in 1930[8] and appointed a KCSI in 1936.

His son, David Maurice Graham, was a broadcaster with the BBC External Services,[2] and his grandson, Christopher Graham, became the UK's Information Commissioner in 2009


  1. ^ "Sir Lancelot Graham". University of Cambridge - Janus Project. Retrieved 2010-04-12. 
  2. ^ a b Miall, Leonard (1999-08-18). "Obituary: David Graham". The Independent. London. 
  3. ^ "Legislative Assembly of Sind under Government of India Act 1935" (PDF). Provincial Assembly of Sindh. Retrieved 2010-04-12. 
  4. ^ "Governors". Sindh Governor House. Archived from the original on 2014-01-04. Retrieved 2010-04-12. 
  5. ^ "Lancelot Graham". Governor of Sindh. 2014. Archived from the original on January 4, 2014. Retrieved 2 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "The Building". Provincial Assembly of the Sindh. 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "No. 32893". The London Gazette (Supplement). 28 December 1923. p. 5. 
  8. ^ "No. 33566". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 1929. p. 5. 
Government offices
Preceded by
New Office
Governors of Sind
Succeeded by
Sir Hugh Dow