Viceroy’s Arrival At Bombay, Old Postcard 1910

Viceroy's Arrival At Apollo Bunder Bombay, 1910 Postcard

An old 1910 postcard of the Viceroy’s arrival at Bombay, now Mumbai. Shared in this postcard is the arrival of the new Viceroy of India at Apollo Pier (also Apollo Bunder), Colaba. The Viceroy is probably Lord Hardinge who is being given a red carpet welcome by important dignitaries and officials.

Lord Hardinge succeeded Lord Minto who was the viceroy from 1905 to 1910. Apollo Pier was a landing jetty for passengers arriving by steamers from abroad. The ship would be anchored in deeper waters and a ferry boat would carry them to the pier. But this was later discontinued after the expansion of the Bombay port to accommodate passenger liners.

By 1924 the Gateway of India was constructed on this very pier to commemorate King V and Queen Mary’s visit to India through this entry. Indian and European onlookers seem to be jostling for a look from the parapet above. Partially visible at the back is the famous Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, built by the Parsi industrialist Sir Jamsetji Tata.

Did you know- Lord Hardinge was in charge of the Delhi Durbar in 1911.

From the collection- 1964 M. Suriyamoorthy Charcoal Art Abstract (#17)., Fort St George Madras In 1872 – Earliest Photo Rare., Pune Near Mumbai – Old Print 1875., Aden, Bombay, Madras & Calcutta – Vintage Map 1910.