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Sir Alexander Henderson Diack

(1862-1929), Secretary General for the Blind and Government Commissioner, India

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Sir Alexander Henderson Diack, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x167130

Sir Alexander Henderson Diack

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1921
NPG x167130

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Sir Alexander Henderson Diack

by Lafayette
half-plate film negative
NPG x41356

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Kulwant Singh Thakur

24 March 2018, 08:12

Sir Alexander Henderson Diack K.C.I.E., C.V.O., C.B.E. (13 February 1862 - 7 July 1929) was a member of the Imperial Civil Service, the elite civil service of British India, which he served for more than three decades (1881–1916).


University of Aberdeen (1876-1879). I.C.S. 1879. King's College, Cambridge (1879-1881)

Diack was educated at the University of Aberdeen. He passed the 1879 I.C.S. examination and underwent his probation period at King's College Cambridge (1879-1881).


I) In India (1881–1916)

Appointed as a 2nd grade Assistant Commissioner (I. C. S.) in Punjab (1881)

Secretary to Financial Commissioner, Punjab, 1891

Assistant Commissioner and Settlement Officer of Kulu Subdivision of Kangra District, Punjab (1887–1891)

Settlement Officer of Dera Ghazi Khan (1894–98)

Revenue and Financial Secretary to Government, Punjab (1898–1902) and then Chief Secretary (1902–1906)

Settlement Commissioner, Revenue Department, Punjab, (1907–1910) and then Financial Commissioner (1910–16)

Vice-President of the Punjab Legislative Council (1913–16) and Additional Member of the Imperial Legislative Council (Council of the Governor General of India) in 1914

Retired from ICS in 1916.

II) In England (1916–1928)

Employed in Ministry of Munitions (till April 1917)

Director, Artificial Appliances Branch, Ministry of Pensions (till April 1922)

Secretary General, National Institute for the Blind, Great Portland Street, United Kingdom (1926–28).


1906: CVO, Commander of the Royal Victorian Order

1916: KCIE, Knight Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire

1920: CBE, Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Dr. Mishka Sinha

08 July 2017, 13:44

It seems likely that he was the" Sir A Diack" who was one of the shortlisted candidates under consideration for the Directorship of the new School of Oriental Studies (now SOAS) which opened in 1917. The interviews took place in 1916, and Sir E Denison Ross, the eminent Persianist, was ultimately appointed to the post.

Colin Dyack

29 March 2017, 01:49

My Great Uncle

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