Kolar Gold Fields - Down Memory Lane: Paeans to Lost Glory!
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,
Legendary Mythological Origins
The Beginning Of An Era
The Start Of A Golden Chapter In History
A New Railway Line
Electrification Of The Mines
Water Works At Bethamangala For Piped Water To KGF
Townships In Robertsonpet And Andersonpet
Our Childhood Games And Pets
My Student Life
Christmas And Festivities
Vendors And Hawkers
Other Service Providers
Cotton Candy Iced Candy And Bombay Muttai
Glass Bangles Bamboo Flutes And Violins
The Growth Of The Mines Under The John Taylor Company
Churches And Schools
Establishment Of Clubs And Institutes
The Other Side Of The Coin
Trade Unions And The Exit Of The John Taylor And Sons
The Beginning Of The End
The Pioneers AngloIndians In The Early Days Of KGF
The Birth Of A New Community
Their Way Of Life In Kgf
My Childhood Memories Of KGF
Our Domestic Helpers
Namakara Hawker Chinaman John Others
Familiar Land Marks
Mr Gallyots Brass Band
Sabu The Jatkaman Or Tonga Wallah
Memories OfThe Monsoons
Other Communities In KGF Their Way Of Life
Trees In KGF
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