Captain Arthur T. Banon was an early fellow of the Theosophical Society in India. An Anglo-Irishman, he served as an officer of the Munster Fusiliers and, later, in the staff corps of the 39th NI [Bengal Native Infantry]. He worked with A. O. Hume in some affairs of the Indian Congress Party.
Banon settled in India as a landowner, establishing the well-known Manali Orchards, Duff Dunbar, Kulu. His son wrote of being sent around the world to study "orchard practice in other countries and a more intensive training in fruit culture." The Banon family is still engaged in the orchard and has encouraged tourism in that region of India.
Theosophical Society involvement
According to Readers Guide to The Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett:
Banon, Capt. A., Fellow of the Theosophical Society and British Army Officer who supported the Founders in the controversy with the Rev. Joseph Cook. See ODL 2: 329 and SH, p. 167. However, Banon must have written something against KH, since in ML 16 (68), p. 119, KH speaks of the "Banon papyrus" which contained "a severe literary thrashing of my humble self."
- [John R. McLane, Indian Nationalism and the Early Congress (Princeton University Press, 2015), 124. Available at Google Books.
- "Pvt Harold Oliver Banon" at Findagrave.com.
- Major H. M. Banon, "Fifty Years in Kulu," The Himalaya Journal 17 (1952). Available at The Himalaya Club website.
- "The Banons" in Wanderlustnphotography blog.
- George E. Linton and Virginia Hanson, eds., Readers Guide to The Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett (Adyar, Chennai, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1972), 218 .