Lady Hardinge War Hospital Mumbai, Old PC 1915

An old 1915 photo postcard of Lady Hardinge War Hospital in Mumbai, formerly Bombay. The Prince Of Wales Museum building was almost completed in 1914. By which time World War I broke out. The Bombay Presidency decided to temporarily convert it into a war hospital. For Indian casualties of war who served in the battlefields of Africa, and elsewhere.

The building was described as most suitable for its new purpose. Two halls were prepared on the lower level to accommodate a capacity of 108 beds. In the final plan, the hospital was designed to hold 250 beds. Makeshift cabins were erected in the front yard for other functions. As the residence of the staff, for offices, a clinic, and for operation rooms.

These were connected to the main building by a corridor. A partial view of it is visible on the left lower corner of this postcard. The hospital was named- Lady Hardinge War Hospital. After the wife of British India’s Viceroy Lord Charles Hardinge (1910-16). The Prince of Wales Museum of Western India (as it was then called) was completed in its entirety by 1915.

Designed by George Wittet who gave it an Indian character. Wittet was famed for his architectural design of the Gateway of India in Mumbai. By 1918 World War I ended. It was time to restore the structure to its original function as a museum. The doors were opened to the public in January 1920. Lady Lloyd presided over a very impressive official ceremony. She was the wife of George Lloyd, Governor of Bombay Presidency (1918-1922).  Click on the photo for better view.

See earlier post Prince of Wales Museum Bombay – Old Postcard 1915.

Did you know- that the Foundation Stone was laid by the Prince of Wales in 1905.

From the collection- Vintage Raja Ravi Varma “Laxmi” Oleograph.,  Escaped Indian Prisoners WWII – Old Photo 1945.,  Inauguration of New Parliament Delhi – Old Print 1927.,  British India Hindostan – Antique Map 1863

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