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Mechanics Institute [Jamalpur].

Mechanics Institute [Jamalpur].

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1897

Shelfmark: Photo 15/8(18)

Item number: 18

Length: 20.6

Width: 28.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

General view of the Mechanics Institute at the Jamalpur Railway Workshops taken by an unknown photographer c. 1897 from the Elgin Collection: 'Presented to His Excellency the Earl of Elgin & a Memento of His Excellency's Visit to the East Indian Railway Workshops at Jamalpur November 30th 1897'. The main workshops for the East India Railway Company were built in 1862 at Jamalpur, some 300 miles north-west of Calcutta. Jamalpur was the first of the major railway towns in India, built and administered by the East India Railway Company and populated entirely by railway employees. The Mechanics institute for the Railway employees, comprised of a library, reading and billiards rooms, an entertainment hall and swimming pool.

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