Farewell Parade At The Gateway of India Bombay, 1931 Photo

A 1931 photo of a farewell parade at the Gateway of India in Bombay (Mumbai). The farewell parade was in honour of India’s retiring Viceroy Lord and Lady Irwin. It was an impressive ceremonial send-off with a parade by the British Indian military. The young Gateway of India stands majestically in the background in this 1931 news photo.

The monument was completed in 1921 just seven years before this farewell ceremony. British India was then replaced with a new Viceroy Lord Willingdon. The post of the Viceroy was for five years. They either retired or were posted to another country ruled under the British Empire.

Since air travel did not advance fully at that time thus travelling back to England was by ship. Passengers embarked or disembarked at Apollo Bunder where the Gateway of India stands. This arched monument commemorates the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to the country in 1911.

See post Arrival Of The Emperor At Bombay, Old Print 1912. See post India’s Farewell to British Army In 1948, Old Photograph

Did you know- the last regiment of British army left through this famous archway in 1948. 

From the collection- 1964 M. Suriyamoorthy Charcoal On Paper Nude (#3)., 1894 Kottayam Travancore Postcard Experimental P.O. Cancellation., Srirangam Temple – Old Print 1872., Maharaja of Patiala And His Chrysler Car – Old Photograph 1929


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10 x 8 inch

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Associated Press news photo