Kolar Gold Fields - Down Memory Lane: Paeans to Lost Glory!

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Author House, Aug 20, 2010 - Fiction - 212 pages
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Kolar Gold Fields is a small mining town in the erstwhile Mysore State (now known as Karnataka) in India. It was owned by the John Taylor and Sons Company, a British Mining Firm for more than a century. It was well known for its Colonial ambience and was called ‘Little England’ due to its British and Anglo-Indian population. It was one of India’s earliest industrialized towns and was unique for its secular and egalitarian society.

Aptly named “Kolar Gold Fields – Down Memory Lane” the book undertakes a nostalgic journey right from the days of the origins of the Kolar Gold Mines, its historical and mythological connections, its golden progress through the years under the John Taylor and Sons Company, its gradual decline, and the final closure of the once prosperous Kolar Gold Mining Company in 2003. Thus ending a golden chapter in History, which now lies buried in the annals of time.

It then moves on to the Anglo-Indian Community (a living legacy of the British Raj) in the early days of KGF. It brings out vividly the glorious and cosmopolitan life led by that tiny vibrant community in KGF who lived in sprawling bungalows with beautiful gardens and domestic helpers at their beck and call. It recalls the grand Christmas Balls and Dances held at the Skating Rink and the Jam Sessions and Pound Parties in Buffalo Lodge.

It finally focuses on the author's childhood memories of growing up in KGF in the 1950s and 60s. It reminds one of life’s many simple pleasures – home, family, school, playmates, entertainments, games, etc. It recalls memories of old familiar haunts and landmarks of KGF and the people who were an indispensable part of life in those days. It succeeds in preserving the nuances of a bygone era.

 

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I accidentally stumbled on these few pages of the Bridget White's Fiction Kolar Gold Fields- Down Memory Lane: Paeans Lost Glory! ,which just opened up my Memory Lane as I had seen the Glory of Kolar Gold Fields just been transferred from John Taylor and Sons Company, a British Mining Firm hold to the hold of State Government of Mysore some where in the year 1948-49. Yes I had a glimpse of the so called "Little Englend", but there were no Britishers were there, they all left under quit India movement.
This "little Englend" was under the capture of Indian Employees who had the opurtunity of occupying / taking over the glory left behind by John Taylor and Sons Company. My first entry to the house an house at Oorigam very close to Railway station which was a residence of Late Sri N.Appaji Rao and his joint family in the year 1948-49 when I was just eight year old Boy.
I am very much impressed by reading a few pages of this book made available for free public reading on line. I love to read the full book. My thanks to the author of the book which had awaken my memory and making me to write my own episode of bygone years.
H. S. Subbaramaiah,
 

Contents

Introduction
1
Legendary Mythological Origins
3
The Beginning Of An Era
7
The Start Of A Golden Chapter In History
11
A New Railway Line
18
Electrification Of The Mines
20
Water Works At Bethamangala For Piped Water To KGF
23
Townships In Robertsonpet And Andersonpet
25
Our Birthdays
103
Our Childhood Games And Pets
107
My Student Life
114
Christmas And Festivities
132
Vendors And Hawkers
141
Other Service Providers
146
Cotton Candy Iced Candy And Bombay Muttai
149
Glass Bangles Bamboo Flutes And Violins
152

The Growth Of The Mines Under The John Taylor Company
28
Churches And Schools
30
Establishment Of Clubs And Institutes
37
The Other Side Of The Coin
42
Trade Unions And The Exit Of The John Taylor And Sons
45
The Beginning Of The End
49
The Pioneers AngloIndians In The Early Days Of KGF
55
The Birth Of A New Community
57
Their Way Of Life In Kgf
60
My Childhood Memories Of KGF
77
My Family
79
Our Home
88
Our Domestic Helpers
99
Namakara Hawker Chinaman John Others
154
Familiar Land Marks
158
Other Memories
169
Mr Gallyots Brass Band
174
Sabu The Jatkaman Or Tonga Wallah
178
Memories OfThe Monsoons
182
Other Communities In KGF Their Way Of Life
186
Trees In KGF
191
Epilogue
196
Disclaimer
198
About the Author
199
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Bridget White was born and brought up in Kolar Gold Fields, a small mining town in the erstwhile Mysore State (now known as Karnataka), India, which was famous for its Colonial ambiance. She comes from a well-known Anglo-Indian family who lived and worked in KGF for many generations.

 

Bridget completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Arts in KGF and her Bachelor of Education Degree in Bangalore, where she has lived for the last 35 years. She worked as a teacher for 2 years then joined Canara Bank where she   served for 23 years before taking early retirement a few years ago. She now writes Recipe Books and works as a Consultant on food related matters.

 

She is the author of 6 Recipe Books specializing in Anglo-Indian Cuisine, which have been very well received all over the world. The 6 books published by her are:

The Best of Anglo-Indian Cuisine - A Legacy, A Collection of Anglo-Indian Roasts, Casseroles and Bakes, Flavours of the Past (Classic Colonial Cuisine), Anglo-Indian Delicacies, The Anglo-Indian Festive Hamper and The Anglo-Indian Snack Box.

 

This Book is a small attempt on her part to record for posterity, the history of that once vibrant place Kolar Gold Fields and keep it alive in the hearts of its erstwhile inhabitants, which still beats for it.  It is a small Legacy that could be passed on to future generations.

 

Bridget can be contacted on bridgetkumar@yahoo.com

 

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