British Plantation Owners Colonial India Era – Old Photo 1900

An old 1900 photograph of British plantation owners in the colonial India era. Also shown are the dedicated native Indian servants, dogs, and men astride two horses. Horses were the most common and best mode of transport for the estate people because of the rough terrains. Motor vehicles would not appear on the scene at least for another few years.

The people shown are all probably inside the compound of a recreation club for the photo taking session. Most of these colonial-era estates had their own recreation clubs for unwinding after a hard day’s work. These recreational intitutions were ideal for socializing with fellow members or indulging in food, drinks, or games. The games ranged from cricket, tennis, billiards, cards, and so on.

The institution also contained libraries as well, with mostly well-stocked books and journals. Clubs were indispensable to Britishers when colonial rule increasingly spread throughout India. The oldest were in both Madras (or Chennai) and Calcutta (Kolkata). This is because colonial rule first took root in these cities.

Read more- The Bengal Club.

When Britishers first started their plantations in remote areas a recreation club was a must to ward off isolation and boredom.

See my post- Madras Club In British India Era – Old Photograph 1898., and Bangalore Club Where Churchill was a Member – Old Postcard.

The location of the scene could be either in Assam, Western Ghats, Nilgiris, Mysore, Malabar, and so on. Where clubs were a big part in these places. The planters first initiated the cultivation of cash crops like- tea, coffee, rubber, spices, etc in these hilly areas.

See post- Coffee Estate In Wayanad Madras Presidency – Old Photograph.

Steam locomotive trains were later introduced into Darjeeling and Nilgiris that were a great boon to carry goods and passengers.

See posts- Old Photo – Darjeeling Himalayan Railway 1890., and Ooty Train Over The Wellington Viaduct – Old Postcard 1909

Did you know- the slow ruin of the Western Ghats had began when the British initiated the plantation of cash crops there. 

From the collection- Vintage Raja Ravi Varma “Laxmi” Oleograph., Vintage 1955 Map Bombay North And Parel., View of Bombay Showing The Fort – Old Print 1850., Victoria Carriage In Bombay – Old Postcard 1940

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









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9½x7 inch

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Unknown British Indian photographer