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Native village at the entrance to Shillong. Chapel for Kasia Christians.

Native village at the entrance to Shillong. Chapel for Kasia Christians.

Photographer: Mallitte, Oscar Jean Baptiste

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1860

Shelfmark: Photo 913/(32)

Item number: 32

Length: 17.5

Width: 22.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

View of a village scattered across a hillside with a chapel at the top photographed by Oscar Jean Baptiste Mallitte in the 1860s. Situated in Meghalaya, ‘the land of the rain clouds’, Shillong has often been referred to as ‘the Scotland of the east’ due to its scenic rolling hills. Meghalaya is one of the wettest regions on earth; the lush hills contain many waterfalls which are brought about by the Monsoon-laden winds that come off the Bay of Bengal. This region was a favourite holiday retreat of the British in India and was also important as a tea growing area.

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