Original Preface



I am very glad to bring out the e-Book Edition (CD version) of Thana District Gazetteer. This CD version is a part of a scheme of preparing compact discs of earlier published District Gazetteers.

Thana District Gazetteer was first published in 1882 in three parts by the British Government in the series of Gazetteers of the Bombay Presidency. The volume was edited by Mr. James M. Campbell, I.C.S. It contains authentic and useful information on several aspects of the district and is considered to be of great value to administrators, scholars and general readers. The revised edition of it was compiled and published in 1982. But the old gazetteer published during the British regime contained much valuable information, which was not reproduced in the revised edition. Therefore, the department decided to reprint Thana District Gazetteer (1882). Accordingly Part-I, Part-II and Part-III of it was reprinted in 1984, 1986 and 2000 respectively. Considering its utility, need was felt to preserve this treasure of knowledge. In this age of modernization, information and technology have become key words. To keep pace with the changing need of hour, I have decided to bring out a CD version of this edition that comprises of all the three parts. It is also made available on the website of the State Government www.maharashtra.gov. in. I am sure, scholars and studious persons across the world will find this CD immensely beneficial.

I am thankful to the Honourable Minister, Shri. Ashokrao Chavan (Industries and Mines. Cultural Affairs and Protocol), and the Minister of State, Shri. Rana Jagjitsinh Patil (Agriculture, Industries and Cultural Affairs), Shri. Bhushan Gagrani (Secretary, Cultural Affairs, Government of Maharashtra for being a constant source of inspiration.

Place: Mumbai

Dr. Arunchandra S. Pathak

Date :26th January, 2007

Executive Editor and Secretary