Group portrait of female pupils in the European and Indo-European School, Karachi
Photographer: Michie and Company
Medium: Photographic print
Group portait of female pupils, with their teacher, in the European and Indo-European School at Karachi in Sind, Pakistan from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: India Office Series (Volume 46), taken by Michie and Company in c. 1873. This photograph was probably shown at the Vienna Universal Exhibition of the same year. The Imperial Gazetteer of India states, "The special importance attaching to the education of the youth of the domiciled European and Eurasian community has long been recognised by Government...the problem has grown with the increase of the Eurasian population and the more common employment of Europeans in India. The great development of railways, and the establishment of large industrial concerns, such as the cotton mills of Bombay, the jute mills around Calcutta, and the tea plantations in various parts of the country, have called to India an ever-increasing number of European employees, many of whom marry and settle in the country and have to provide education and employment for their children." Female education in India also grew dramatically from the mid-nineteenth century.