Madras Harbour Buildings, 1902
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the harbour at Madras (Chennai), Tamil Nadu, from the Macnabb Collection (Col James Henry Erskine Reid): Album of Indian views, taken in c.1902. Madras lies on the Bay of Bengal and was one of India’s major ports. In the 19th century the city handled high volumes of import and export trade with Britain and other parts of the world. It had no natural harbour, but a pier was constructed in 1862 and was later enclosed by two breakwaters to the north and south forming a harbour. In the foreground of this view is a crane and in the distance, the shoreline with boats drawn up on the beach and a variety of cargo. The skyline of the city comprises some fine colonial buildings crowned with bulbous domes in the Indo-Saracenic style. The Post and Telegraph Office, designed by R.F. Chisholm in the tropical Gothic style, is at the extreme right in this view.