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Ooty Gudalur Road Eucalyptus Trees – Old Postcard 1920s

This is an old postcard of Eucalyptus trees on Ooty’s Gudalur Road. A photo postcard dating to around the 1920s. It shows huge eucalyptus trees on the road to Gudalur from Ooty or Ootacamund. Also shown is a vintage car of the period perhaps a Rolls Royce soft-top car. Since the wealthy and the well-heeled people were regular visitors to this hill station.

Ooty was under the Madras Presidency in the British era, now in the state of Tamil Nadu. See also- Vintage Postcard Wellington Barracks Nilgiris 1905. The Eucalyptus was first introduced in the 1850s in and around the Nilgiris, originating in Australia they were extensively planted in the region. By the 1980s this invasive species was thought to be a nuisance.

Seemingly because of the water crisis that gripped the Nilgiris in 1988. That was indeed proved in a two-decade-long study that some of these invasive trees disrupted the natural properties of water retention and flow in the region. Read more- Not so tall: A brief history of eucalyptus in the Nilgiris. 

Did you know- eucalyptus has a long history in India. It was first planted around 1790 by Tippu Sultan, the ruler of Mysore, in his palace garden on Nandi hills near Bangalore. According to one version he received seed from Australia and introduced about 16 species.

From the collection- Antique Painting of Madras Fort St George., Electric Trams of Madras 1930- Old Photo.,   WWI German Cruiser Emden’s Sea Route Map 1914., Ruins At Fatehpur Sikri – Old Print 1820

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