Triplicane A Locality In Madras – Old Postcard 1908

This is an old 1908 postcard of Triplicane a locality in Madras, now Chennai. The image shows a busy street even then. Triplicane lies between Fort St George and Mylapore a neighbouring locality. Just like Mylapore grew from a temple township and the major residential areas and markets gathered around the temples. Before the arrival of the British, it was a village that grew under it and formed part of Chennai city.

In fact, it was the first village to become a part of the British settlement of Fort St George in 1676. In 1768 the Nawab of Arcot, Wallajah Muhammad Ali moved to Chennai to be near the British rulers in Fort St George. The Nawab built the Chepauk Palace to become his living quarters, many Muslim families followed him to settle down close to the palace in Triplicane.

See my posts-Antique Photo Chepauk Palace 1880. The place was originally inhabited by Brahmins and fishermen. Near the end of the 1700s many families settled down here from the crammed George Town area because of its spaciousness and being closer to the Fort and the beach. In time it matured into a charming neighbourhood of Chennai.

Did you know- the Portuguese were the first to arrive in Madras in 1622 and built a port and a fortress Sao Tome or San Thome. See my post- Antique Map San Thome Fort Madras. 

From the collection- 1964 M. Suriyamoorthy Charcoal Art Abstract (#1)., Bombay Backbay View From Malabar Hill – Old Print 1900., 2 Old Postcards – Robert Bristow’s Cochin Harbour 1947., Fort Cochin & City Antique Map Plan Of 1761

The images are of the actual items from my collection. And Not a photocopy, pirated, reproduced, or stock photos or taken from other sources.