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Photographs of Madras, Indonesia, Malaya, Australia and western Europe

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y302L

Scope and Contents

This is a private album, measuring 260 x 230 mm, containing photographs of various formats taken by an amateur, supplemented by landscapes bought from commercial studios. Most images are captioned in white ink and captions have been recorded as found. They may include language which is offensive, inaccurate or inappropriate. The captions have been retained to reflect the context of the collection's creation. A number of photographs are missing, although their captions remain. The complier and provenance of the album are unknown. Many of the photographs appear to reflect recreational travel, but a number record the laying of telephone or telegraph cables between Madras and Singapore, and at Pinang (Y302L/49, 90-92, 101-08), so it is possible that the album’s compiler was involved in this work. He may be the man seated in an office in Y302L/120; most other people featured in the photographs are named in the captions. This man appears with a woman who may be his wife in several of the group portraits.


  • Creation: 1918 - 1934

Conditions Governing Access

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1 album(s) (179 images in 1 album)

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

good condition


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Includes index.
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