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Sunday, January 30, 2011

KOLAR GOLD FIELDS - DOWN MEMORY LANE - Feature in Jan 2011 issue of TOGETHER Magazine

Feature on my book  “Kolar Gold Fields – Down Memory Lane” which appears in the January 2011 issue of " TOGETHER" Magazine

“Kolar Gold Fields – Down Memory Lane” undertakes a nostalgic journey of almost 150 years, beginning with the historical and mythological origins of the Kolar Gold Mines. The book focuses on the progress through the years under the John Taylor and Sons Company, the gradual decline, and final closure of the once prosperous Kolar Gold Mining Company, in 2003.

Authored by Bridget White-Kumar, born into an Anglo-Indian family, who lived in KGF for many generations, the book recalls the cosmopolitan life led by the tiny vibrant Anglo-Indian Community in the early days of KGF. It also focuses on the author's childhood memories of growing up in KGF in the 1950s and 60s.

Kolar Gold Fields 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. The book succeeds in capturing and preserving the ethos and nuances of a bygone era.

This book is a 'must have' for all those who lived in Kolar Gold Fields and would like to preserve their memories of KGF forever.

For copies of this book contact Bridget Kumar Email:

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Prime Minister Jawharlal Nehru's visit to Champion Reefs Mine KGF on 16th July 1951

Prime Minister Jawharlal Nehru's visit to Champion Reefs Mine KGF on 16th July 1951
John Kenneth Walker SUPERINTENDENT OF THE CHAMPION REEF MINE (1929 TO 1957) is also seen in the picture along with Indira Gandhi and Mr M A Sreenivasan

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

An amusing incident that took place in the 1950s in KGF recalled by Jon Manley

This amusing incident that took place in the 1950s in KGF, was sent to me by Jon Manley from Australia. It just shows the loyalty of the domestic helpers in those days and the lengths they went to, to serve their employers. KGF was quite high society in the early days of the mines.

"I recalled the other day this story my mother told, of a dinner party my parents gave, for around a dozen guests , and it must have been around 1950, and thought you might find it amusing.

Dinner parties in those days were very 'swank' affairs. The men all wore tuxedos and black ties, and the women all gowns. Our butler Anthony would have been in his finest starched uniform, and would have worn a fine turban sporting some amazing decoration in the front, and a drinks waiter would have been hired from the club for the night, us children put to bed and told not to make a sound. I don't recall the menu but suspect it would have been something like iced cucumber soup, followed by roast beef and baked vegetables, and one of those delightful Indian sweets for dessert. Wine would have been on offer with coffee and liquors. I don't recall names, but will put in a few of people around at the time who would have attended my parents dinner party. During the meal lets say a Mrs. Boadhurst said to my mother, "Molly those candlesticks you have as a table centerpiece look just like some my brother Albert gave Stan and I as a wedding present", Then Mrs. Connie Walker said, "Molly, those salt and pepper shakers are just like some we bought years ago in London", a Mrs. Stella Dunlop then said, "That carvery set reminds me of one we have just like it", and so the conversation went. My mother was most embarrassed, as she had never seen any of these items before herself. The Butler Anthony was summoned into the room, and asked if he could throw any light on how these items had come to be on our table. He replied, "Yes Madam, I knew you wanted to impress, so I got Mrs. Broadhurst's and Mrs. Walker's and Mrs. Dunlop's butlers, to contribute towards the evening, with what fine pieces of table-ware they had. Don't worry they will all be returned first thing in the morning, and no one would normally have been any the wiser". Our butler Anthony was told that this practice had to stop forthwith, and in future any borrowing would be done through her, direct to the lady of the other house. I dare say everyone had a good laugh, and a fine evening was had by all".
Nice to have heard from you Bridget,
Kind regards
Jon Manley