Mayor 1925-1926

A member of the Liberal Party.


Born: 1859, Bombay, India.


Father: Jamasji Kavasji Badshah.


Kavas was educated at Elphinstone School, before moving on to Elphinstone College, Bombay. At the Bombay University Kavas successfully passed the first examination in Arts. In 1875 after a competitive examination, Kavas was awarded one of the two Gilchrist Educational Fund scholarships of £100 each per annum, tenable for three years, to be held at the London University by natives of India. He proceeded to England, as a proud Parsee gentleman to continue his education at London University.

In 1877 he passed the Civil Service examination, standing eighth on the list with 1601 marks. At the final examination, Kavas obtained two prizes of £50 each – one high proficiency in political economy and one for high proficiency in Bengali.

As a graduate of the London University, Kavas was one of the thirty persons from 200 candidates selected for Government service in India after a competitive examination by the Civil Service Commissioners. Kavas was 21 years old when he went to India in 1879, first serving as Magistrate, Postmaster-General of two different provinces, before becoming Deputy Director-General of the Post Office of India, in the North-Western Provinces and Oudh.



If Bengal has contributed Civil Servants to Bombay, Bombay in her turn is sending the most distinguished of her youth to Bengal in the like capacity. Amongst the recent arrivals at Bombay from England we notice the name of Mr. Kavasjee Jamasjee Badshah, the first Parsee Civil Servant appointed to the Lower Provinces. Mr. Badshah is the second Parsee who has entered the Civil Service of India; the first was Mr. Cursetjee Rustomjee, who heads the list of the year 1876 in the North-Western Provinces, and who has been recently appointed Officiating Joint Magistrate, 2nd Grade. The example of Messrs. Rustomjee and Kavasjje Badshah will not be without its effect on the Parsee youth, and therefore Bengal had better look to her laurels. Madras Weekly Mail – Saturday, 22nd November 1879


In November 1899, the office of the Comptroller of Post Office Accounts at Calcutta announced that it was to be decentralised, with one division at Delhi. Kavas had to make a flying visit to that station to make the necessary arrangements, and to secure the buildings near the Northbrook Hotel, owned by Mr. Skinner, as offices, and to see that all improvements were carried out. Accommodation premises for over 200 clerks and others had to be found and made ready by December. In early April 1903, Kavas took up the post of Excise and Salt Commissioner for Bengal. He had the responsibility and important duties in the task of examining and reporting on all the Excise systems in India.


Kavas retired from the Indian Civil Service in 1904. Leaving India, the end of 1904, he embarked at the Port of Calcutta to sail aboard the S.S.’Mombassa’ of the British India Steam Navigation Co. – Master G.G. Stevenson. Kavas disembarked at the Port of Plymouth. Kavas then came to reside in Ipswich, where his wife Emma Badshah and their children had been established since 1892, making their family home at ‘Lalla Rookh’ 11, St. Edmunds Road, Ipswich.



In 1901, Emma and her children were living in England – ‘Lalla Rookh’ 11, St. Edmunds Road, Ipswich.

Emma, 40, Living on own Means.

Cecil, 14.

Lilian, 10.

Mabel, 7.

1 nurse.

1 cook.

1 housemaid.



1911   11, St. Edmunds Road, Ipswich.

Kavas was 52 years old, a Pensioner – a retired Servant – Government of India. He was married and head of the household.

Emma, 50.

Mabel, 17.

1 cook.

1 housemaid.


On the 18th March 1885, Dacca, Bengal, India, Kavas married Emma Collington Pierson, born 17th August 1855, Calcutta, Bengal,  baptised 7th October 1855, Calcutta – daughter of Richard & Emma Pierson, India.


Father: Richard Lundin Pierson, born December 1805, St. Cuthbert’s, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland – died 10th July 1856, laid to rest 11th July 1856, Fort William, Bengal, India.


Mother: Emma Collington Pierson (nee Head (1st marriage Porter)), born March 1827, Dum Dum, Bengal. In April 1857, Calcutta, Emma married Arthur Prince Whittenberry, born November 1830, Calcutta. They had 7 children. Emma died 15th September 1903, laid to rest 16th September 1903, Calcutta, Bengal, India.


Emma and Kavas had 3 children:

Cecil Pierson Badshah, born 1886, Calcutta, India. A solicitor In October 1909, at Uxbridge, Middlesex, Cecil married Marjory Beavean, born June 1888, Battlebridge, Surrey. They had 1 daughter. On the 3rd May 1915, Cecil, a Solicitor of the Supreme Court, renounced, relinquished, and abandoned the use of his former surname BADSHAH, and assumed to take and use the surname BRADSHAW. Marjory and their daughter also assumed to take and use the surname Bradshaw. Cecil Bradshaw died September 1919, Ipswich.


Lilian Mary Collington Badshah, born 14th September 1890, Allahabad, Bengal, baptised 16th November 1890, Allahabad. In 1939, Lilian was a private secretary, at Wayland, Norfolk. Lilian Badshah, of Kimet Creek Gardens, Ryde, Isle of Wight died May 1951.


Mabel Constance Badshah, 26th May 1893, Ipswich. On the 1st May 1931, Mabel, of 11, St. Edmunds Road, Ipswich, renounced, relinquished and abandoned the use of her former surname BADSHAH, and assumed to take and use the surname CONSTANCE. In 1939, Mabel was an addressing machine operator, at Paddington, London. Mabel Constane, of 70, Holbein House, Sloane Square, London died July 1983.


Emma Badshah died 1922, Ipswich.


Kavas Badshah died 22nd March 1931, following an illness of a few weeks’ duration, age 73, at 11, St. Edmunds Road, Ipswich.


Probate to Lilian Mary Collington Badshah – daughter.

East Anglia – 5th August 1911 – Ipswich

Hon. Secretary: Miss C. E. Andrews, of 160, Norwich Road. Last Thursday a garden meeting was held a ‘Lalla Rookh,’ the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Badshah, to whose kindness we owe the recollection of a very pleasant afternoon. The speeches of Mrs. Vulliamy and Dr. Cobb were much appreciated. Mrs. Vulliamy dwelt on the present policy of our League and the National Insurance Bill as it affects women. Dr. Cobb’s speech was delightfully refreshing, original and instructive; he showed his practical interest in the movement by becoming an associate of our Branch. Mrs. Marie Hossack presided, and literature was sold. Our thanks are due to Miss Mabel Badshah for the splendid way in which she sold ‘The Vote’ at the market last Saturday. The Vote


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