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Sindhi farmhouse.

Sindhi farmhouse.

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1890

Shelfmark: Photo 940/1(32)

Item number: 32

Length: 20.9

Width: 28.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of thatched farmhouses, with a bullock cart in the right foreground, taken by an unknown photographer in the 1890s in Sindh province, now in Pakistan. The ancient province of Sindh encompasses the lower Indus valley and its delta and derives its name from the local name for the river, Sindhu. It is bordered on the north-east by the Punjab province, on the west and the north by Baluchistan province, on the east by the Indian states of Gujarat and Rajasthan, and on the south by the Arabian Sea. The Indus and the canal-based irrigation system which is associated with it is the sheet-anchor of Sindh's economy, which is largely agriculture-based. The crop season falls into two groups in Pakistan and the Indian sub-continent, the Kharif or summer crops which comprise rice, jowar, maize, sugarcane and cotton, and the Rabi or winter crops comprising wheat, barley, lentils, rapeseed and mustard. This photograph is from an album of 91 prints apparently compiled by P. J. Corbett, a PWD engineer involved in irrigation work at the famine relief camp at Shetpal Tank in 1897, and in canal construction in Sindh in the early 1900s.

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