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Through the trees from Dodabet [Ootacamund].

Through the trees from Dodabet [Ootacamund].

Photographer: Bourne, Samuel

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1869

Shelfmark: Photo 11/(23)

Item number: 1123

Genre: Photograph

View looking from the trees at Dodabetta in Ootacamund (Ooty), taken by Samuel Bourne in 1869. Lying in the Nilgiri Hills, this is the most famous of hill stations in south India. The town is surrounded by high hills such as the Dodabetta, on the east,

which is the highest at 2,578 m. In 1818, John Sullivan, the Collector of Coimbatore in Madras Presidency, acquired vast acres of land and set about founding the hill station. Ooty flourished and several crops were introduced here with great success including, tea. With its cool climate, the town developed as a sanatorium and also as the chief resort for Europeans in the South. From 1861, it became the summer headquarters of the Madras government.

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