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Welcome to the Abadan Society USA/Canada homepage.

In early 1979 there was a revolution in Iran, and events led to a mass exodus of expatriates, many of whom were employed in the oil-producing areas of South Iran. For many years expatriates in the refinery town of Abadan and the surrounding area ran a thriving amateur theatre society which disbanded in early 1979 when its last members left. Through the ingenuity of a few people, the liquid assets of the Society were transferred to the United Kingdom and used to fund a reunion of members in the Overseas League in London in August 1981.

It was at this reunion that the ‘Abadan Society’ was launched. A debt of gratitude is owed to the original formation committee under the superb guidance of the late Eileen Farrell.

Although its nucleus is the (now defunct) Abadan Amateur Theatre Soccety, which is reflected in the name and the theatrical logo, the Abadan Society is open to anybody who worked in the oil industry in Iran – expatriate or Iranian – and their families. Members live all over the world, and there are organizing committees in the United Kingdom/Europe and in the USA/Canada.

The Abadan Society operates in two sections, namely UK and Rest of the World, and USA/Canada. It now is an organization consisting of people that worked in the oil industry in Iran (primarily in Abadan, Ahwaz, M.I.S. or Teheran) from the 1940's to the 1970's. We also have many "second generation" members, i.e. members that were children while living in Iran. Our membership is open to all former oil company people, including related organizations such as the Abadan Institute of Technology (AIT).

We have over 300 members living around the world, split almost evenly between the UK/Rest of the World group and the USA/Canada group. We publish two newsletters a year, mostly news items about the members that belong to the Abadan Society and a roster list of members. We hold international reunions every 2 years. Recent reunions: 2007 in Toronto, 2009 in the City of York, Yorkshire England, 2011 in Boston, 2013 in Windsor, UK and 2015 in Las Vegas, NV. The next reunion will be in 2017 in Bristol, UK in September.

All of our activities are social, we are not a political organization.

If you worked in the oil industry in Iran and would like to contact us, send an email to abadansociety@gmail.com or click on Email Us

If you are already a member and would like your email address shared with other members, send your name, email address and whether you are a UK or USA member using the Email Us link above. After it has been verified that you are a current member, your name will be added to the list and a current list of names and email addresses will be sent to you in a private email note.


Sites containing pictures from reunions

Click here for the 2007 Abadan Society reunion pictures

Click here for the 2009 Abadan Society reunion pictures

Click here for the 2011 Abadan Society reunion pictures

Click here for the 2015 Abadan Society/AIT reunion pictures

Click here for the 2017 Abadan Society reunion pictures

Sites containing other pictures

Click here to view old photos of Abadan

Last update ---- October 2017