Bombay

JJ Rowe Diary: 9 Mar 1889

Introduction

Joseph describes his young son’s joyful reaction to seeing goats. Joseph and Pollie explore the Bombay (Mumbai) bazaar, and are impressed by its size and the variety of goods available for purchase.

WARNING: This is a transcription of an historical document. Some of the diary entries contain offensive language and stereotypes that must be understood in the context of the times. Such language and stereotypes are not acceptable today and are not condoned by the author of this blog.

The Diary Entry

9.3.89 Saturday

Arose about 6 AM & went to roll call at 7 Am & then had breakfast off fried Steak & onions.

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JJ Rowe Diary: 8 Mar 1889

Introduction

Joseph tells us about seeing unfamiliar birds, and encounters trains for the first time since leaving England. Pollie has an encounter with a snake charmer.

Snake charmer

WARNING: This is a transcription of an historical document. Some of the diary entries contain offensive language and stereotypes that must be understood in the context of the times. Such language and stereotypes are not acceptable today and are not condoned by the author of this blog.

The Diary Entry

8.3.89 Friday

Was woke about 4 am by some Artillery going away by train. A Bomadier of the Artillery was shouting a Caby about getting some change.

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JJ Rowe Diary: 7 Mar 1889

Introduction

Now that Joseph has landed in India, his diary entries are longer and contain a vivid depiction of his life in Bombay (Mumbai).

Sassoon Dock, Bombay (Mumbai), 1865

WARNING: This is a transcription of an historical document. Some of the diary entries contain offensive language and stereotypes that must be understood in the context of the times. Such language and stereotypes are not acceptable today and are not condoned by the author of this blog.

The Diary Entry

7.3.89 Thursday

Was woke this morning about 4 am by some woman in the next tent, that some one put their hand on her face, it was a negro or a white man, but I think it was some married man went in the wrong tent through a mistake.

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