King George’s Statue Chennai – Old Postcard 1914
This is an old 1914 postcard of King George V’s statue in Chennai, formerly Madras. Many of the King’s statues were placed in and around Madras at the time of the British era. I’m not sure where precisely this one was installed. Out of the lot, one was installed at Guindy and another somewhere in the George Town area. But nevertheless, let’s go with the latter. The King visited Madras as the Prince of Wales in 1906.
And again in 1911, he was in India this time for the Delhi Durbar. The statues were erected commemorating these visits. The one that was installed in George Town was formerly called Black Town which was north of Fort St George. Black Town was created as a residential area for the natives. There was also a White Town evidently as a residential area for Europeans only (talk about segregation). White Town was located in and around the Fort area the name was discontinued after 1947. Click on the photo for better view.
Did you know- the campaign against Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan in the Anglo-Mysore wars first started with a long march of British soldiers from the Fort. Indian troops were gathered from around the countryside.
From the collection- 1964 M. Suriyamoorthy Charcoal Art Abstract (#16)., British Era Life In Bangalore – Old Photo 1875., The Gairsoppa Falls or Jog Falls – Old Print 1894., Train At A Railway Platform British India – Old Photo 1914
The images are of the actual items from my collection. And Not a photocopy, pirated, reproduced, or stock photos or taken from other sources.