British Era Club Bowring Institute Bangalore, 1900 Postcard
An old 1900 photo postcard from British Era Bowring Institute in Bangalore. Although it is postmarked De 22 (December 1922) the postcard is from a much earlier period. Clubs were a great place to unwind and socialize for the white man from different walks of life. It was first established all over India in the 1800s, especially in the British Presidency regions.
One of the earliest were the Bengal Club of Kolkata, and the Madras Club in 1932. Although named Bowring Institute, it is actually a social club and one of the oldest in Bangalore (now Bengaluru). That was established typically by British officers. Opened in 1868 and was first named “Literary & Scientific Institute”.
But later renamed simply as “Bowring Institute”. In honor of L B Bowring, the chief commissioner of Mysore and Coorg. Because he was the club’s first president. The establishment was later shifted to St Mark’s square on St Mark’s Road. After land was provided by Major General Rowlands, Commander of the Mysore division. The club is still in operation ever since from this place. Click on the photo for better view.
Did you know- that clubs in the British era usually never gave membership to women, or even if they had, women had no voting rights.
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