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L A Cammiade

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Alma mater  Middle Temple

Name  L. Cammiade
Born  2 June 1872 (1872-06-02) Madras, India)
Died  3 November 1951(1951-11-03) (aged 79)
Occupation  civil servant, magistrate

Louis Aime Francois Cammiade (2 June 1872 - 3 November 1951) was a magistrate and officer of the Indian Civil Service who conducted archaeological excavations on the prehistoric strata of Chennai in the early part of the 20th century.


Early life and education

Born in Madras on 2 June 1872 to merchant Gilbert Henry Cammiade, Cammiade graduated in 1892 and graduated in law from the Middle Temple on 19 November 1901. In 1895, he joined the provincial civil service as a clerk in the Chief Secretariat, Madras Presidency. In 1897, Cammiade was promoted as Deputy Tahsildar.

Civil service

In 1903, Cammiade was promoted as Deputy Collector of Tinnevely district. From January to June 1909, he served as Settlement Officer of Polavaram division. Cammiade served as a second class magistrate during this period and was called to the bar on 17 November 1910. In 1917, Cammiade was made Presidency Magistrate of Madras.

Archaeological excavations

Cammiade was also an amateur archaeologist and is credited with many path-breaking discoveries in unearthing the Stone Age of South India. While serving as Deputy Collector of Tinnevely, Cammiade excavated prehistoric remains at Kalugumalai. While serving as District Collector of Kurnool, Cammiade explored the Billa Surgam caves in the district.In 1922, Cammiade revealed the discovery of a prehistoric cemetery in Kilpauk, Madras city. Cammiade is also credited with one of the earliest discoveries of a Tamil-Brahmi inscriptions at Marungaltalai in Tinnevely district in 1906-07.

Personal life

Cammiade married Elsie Lilian Cardozo (1891-1970). The two had ten children, four of whom survived into adulthood - Anne Marie Cammiade (1911-1994), Marie Therese (1913-1994), Dennis Louis Edmund Cammiade (1925-1994) and Mary Eleanor Cammiade (1926-2004). Cammiade died on 3 November 1951 and was buried at St. Wilfred's Roman Catholic cemetery.


L. A. Cammiade Wikipedia

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