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View from S.E. corner looking north [Victoria Dock construction, Bombay].

View from S.E. corner looking north [Victoria Dock construction, Bombay].

Photographer: Taurines, E.

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1887

Shelfmark: Photo 173/(53)

Item number: 17353

Genre: Photograph

A photograph by E Taurines of the Victoria Dock construction work in Bombay City taken between 1885 and 1888. The need for the new docks at Bombay was created in the mid-19th century when the city experienced a growth in economic prosperity due to an increase in trade, particularly in cotton. Construction was initiated by the Elphinstone Land and Press Company launched by Nicol and Co. in 1858 and completed by the Bombay Port Trust in the last decade of the century. All of the building took place on land reclaimed from the sea.

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