British Family Life In Colonial India, 3 Photos 1920s
Three old 1920s photos of British family life in colonial India. When the Suez Canal opened in 1869 it was easier for women to arrive in India from England in search of husbands. Unlike pre-Suez Canal days when they travelled around the coast of South Africa taking about 7 months to reach India’s shores. Shown are a bunch of British families in the 1920s in Shimla and other towns, probably Northern India.
The British family life was seemingly the most comfortable and luxurious- servants, bungalows, transportation, etc were all at their disposal. This same facility would have been hard to come by in their own homeland England. The young wife sailing to India was given a list of items indispensable. Including sofas, lamps, kilos of soap, chocolate, and so on. The furniture and other weighty stuff would be left behind, sold, or passed on once they went back to the UK. Click on the photo for better view.
Did you know- the British family’s annual retreat would mostly be to Shimla, Mussoorie, Darjeeling, or whichever hill station that was nearest.
From the collection- King George V Emperor Of India, Old Print 1910