India Abroad June 14, 2013
Royal Alfred Sailors’ Home (1876)
The construction of the Sailors’ Home was a significant step
towards containing and domesticating the population of seamen in
the city, long considered drunk, disorderly and prone to recreate at
taverns, boarding houses, grog shops and brothels.
The structure at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Marg, Colaba, now
houses the Maharashtra Police Headquarters. the ages Sir Hormusjee Cowasjee Dinshaw’s
A leaf from
Located at Churchgate Street, now Veer Nariman Road, Hormusjee
‘Adenwalla”s statue is a reminder of an era gone by. In the 1800s individuals chose to fashion their identity with surnames that reflected an
occupation or a native or contemporary place of residence.
Hormusjee (1857-1939) made a more convincing Adenwalla in
Bombay than in the port city of Aden in Yemen, where everyone was
technically an Adenwalla. A small ceremony to garland the statue is
held every year April 4, Hormusjee’s birthday.
PHO TOGRAPHS COUR TES Y: BOMBAY WALLA.ORG
St Thomas Cathedral (1718)
St Thomas’ Cathedral, initially called Bombay Church, was located at the heart
of the Fort, the walled settlement within which the city’s early inhabitants lived.
Church Gate, one of the three gates of the Fort, was named after this church, consecrated into a cathedral in 1837. The Fort walls were demolished in 1864.
The Red Building The Red Building at S A Belvi Street, Horniman circle, in South Mumbai, hous- es the offices of The Bombay Samachar (1822), Asia’s oldest newspaper. The premises were also used by the Bombay Chronicle (1913-1949); after whose edi- tors, Benjamin Guy Horniman and Syed Abdullah Brelvi, the circle and street, have been renamed.
Simin Patel runs Bombaywalla.org, a blog, which assists in knowing the past of
Mumbai’s architectural wonders.