Col. Neil’s Statue At Mount Road Madras, Old Postcard 1912
This is an old 1912 photo postcard that shows Colonel Neil’s Statue at Mount Road in Madras, now Chennai. The statue was installed in 1861 in memory of the tyrannical Britisher Col. James Neil. Considered a hero and martyr by the British for quelling the Indian Mutiny of 1857. James Neil of the Madras Fusiliers had killed many Indians mercilessly in the Indian Mutiny uprising of 1857.
But he himself was killed just a few hours before his regiment defeated the great revolt. However, Col. Neil earned the nickname “the Butcher of Allahabad” for his extreme cruelty. One of his Madras Fusilier members- Mr. Harris became the governor of Madras. He had ordered the installation of this 12 feet high bronze statue of the colonel at Mount Road in 1861 (shown in picture).
There was a ruckus about the statue because of the known oppressive history of the colonel. The bickering became louder with each passing year. So much so by 1937, the city council was forced to take it down. It ended up at the Rippon building for quite some years. Finally, by 1952 it was removed to the Madras Museum where it possibly stands today.
The picture shows the statue standing on its pedestal at the Spencer’s Junction of Mount Road. And also visible are the twin towers peeping out of the trees of the once existing Spencer’s building. Unfortunately in 1983, the beautiful old Spencer’s building mysteriously went up in flames and was completely destroyed. Just as it was with the case of the Moore Market building that also went up in flames mysteriously. Click on the photo for better view.
See post Newly Completed Moore Market Madras, Old Postcard 1900. See Neil’s statue from a different angle Cars On Mount Road Madras – Old Postcard 1920.
Did you know- in gratitude the East India Company provided Neil’s wife, a pension of £500 a year, a huge sum at the time.
From the collection- 11 Picture Postcards On Raja Ravi Varma Oil Paintings., Reclamation Of The Gateway Of India, Old Photo 1890., View Of Bombay or Mumbai – Old Print 1845., The British Fort In Bombay – Antique Plan 1755
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