Colaba Barracks In Bombay, 1905 Postcard

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colaba barracks

Two old 1905 postcards of the military Barracks at Colaba in Bombay, now Mumbai. This was the period of the British-India era before World War I. The military barracks were for the accommodation of the soldiers. The Colaba barracks ground accommodated smaller troops for short periods. The accommodation was either in the barrack quarters (see postcard) or in tents.

That included the 1st Wireless Signal Squadron, Mesopotamian Expeditionary Forces. But in the 1850s the barracks were wooden and it caught fire and burned down. It was later rebuilt but unfortunately, yet again it caught fire and burnt down. The then Governor of Bombay was so enraged with the carelessness of the men.

That he meted out punishment by packing them off to the nearby woods (a forested area). To avoid further disasters permanent barracks were built as shown in this postcard. The barracks building still exists today called the Nest. It is used for the accommodation of defense officers when in a transient halt in Mumbai.

Read also about- A riveting glimpse into Colaba’s eerie but always interesting past. 

Did you know- Mumbai was the first place to start a bus service in India in 1926. 

From the collection- 1971 Raja Ravi Varma Commemorative First Day Cover., Vintage Map Phases of Fort St George Chennai., Viceroy Of India Lord Irwin – Old Photo 1930.,  Old Book – Old Delhi 10 Easy Walks 1997