British Government House Party Madras, 1888 Photo

An old 1888 photo gives a glimpse of a party at Government House in Guindy, Madras (or Chennai). The Government House was the official residence of the Governor of Madras. It is now the Raj Bhavan, the official residence of the Governor of Tamil Nadu. Posing in this group photo are probably the Governor and his wife and other officials and wives.

Notice the Indian servants looking through the window at the back. These parties were normally a regular event, usually amongst the British community in Bombay, Madras, Calcutta, Bangalore, etc. A get-together they enjoyed mostly in social clubs, army messes, homes, etc. To overcome boredom and monotony in India.

Unwinding with their fellow countrymen from England. Frequently hosting banquets, dinners, picnics, etc. There was a sizeable chunk of the European community in India. The Europeans would indulge in gatherings in sports, hunting, horse riding, games, etc. Parties were hosted by the viceroy, governor like in this case, high officials, and even maharajas who were not far behind in hosting grand parties.  Click on the photo for better view.

Did you know- the Nizams of Hyderabad were one of the best and largest hosts for parties in Hyderabad. 

From the collection- Antique Painting of Madras Fort St George., British Flag Atop The Rashtrapati Bhavan, Old Photo 1936., Army Games Bombay British India Era, Old Print 1895., Fiat Trucks For British India Military, 1915 Postcard.

The images are of the actual items from my collection. And Not a photocopy, pirated, reproduced, stock photos, or taken from other sources.


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11½ x 9 inch

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unknown British