Wadia family

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Wadia family
Ethnicity Parsi
Current region Mumbai, India
Members Ardaseer Cursetjee
Bahman Pestonji Wadia
Darashaw Nosherwan Wadia
Lovji Nusserwanjee Wadia
Neville Wadia
Dina Jinnah
Nusli Wadia
Ness Wadia
Jehangir Wadia
Connected families Jinnah family
Traditions Zoroastrianism
Heirlooms Wadia Group

The Wadia family is a family originally based in Surat, subsequently shifted to Mumbai. The family is related to Jinnah family, through Dina Jinnah (Neville's wife), the daughter of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who was the founder of Pakistan.

Lovji Nusserwanjee Wadia began the Wadia shipbuilding dynasty in 1736, when he obtained a contract from the British East India Company for building docks and ships in Bombay (present-day Mumbai). Although the Wadias would eventually come to be considered a Bombay family, many of them remained in Surat, where one branch of the family established a ship breaking yard (where ships are dismantled) that remains one of the largest of its kind in the world.

By the 1840s, the family was one of the leading forces in the Indian shipbuilding industry. By that time they had built over a hundred warships for the British and had trading networks around the world.

The Star Spangled Banner, the national anthem of the United States, was written in 1812 on a Wadia built British Navy ship, the HMS Minden. In 1849, Ardeshir Cursetji Wadia became the first Parsi to visit United States.

They have endowed Nowrosjee Wadia College in Pune. Lovji Nusserwanjee Wadia's great grandsons, JBH Wadia and Homi Wadia founded Wadia Movietone in 1933, which had its studios at Lovji Castle (Lovejee Castle) in Chembur, Mumbai. The company has its logo as a ship, honouring their family legacy.[1]

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  1. ^ "Surat's Wadias created Fearless Nadia". The Times of India. Oct 2, 2010. Retrieved 2014-09-18. 

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