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Poona is a city about 100km south-east of Bombay (now Mumbai), which was a popular social retreat for residents of Bombay as well as formerly the largest garrison town in the Deccan for the British Army. The British comedian, Spike Milligan, spent his childhood there (his father was in the Royal Artillery). There was also another cantonment nearby, at Kirkee.
Poona was the headquarters of Poona District in the Central division of Bombay Presidency during the British period. See Bombay Districts. It was an important junction where the metre gauge Southern Mahratta Railway met the broad gauge of the Great Indian Peninsula Railway.
Modern Pune lies on the west side of the Deccan plateau beneath the Western Ghats (Sahyadri mountain range) at the confluence of the Mula and Mutha rivers. Known for its textiles and metal working, it is now the sixth largest city in India, with India's largest student population, and site of the ashram of the Orange People (followers of Sri Rajneesh).
Poona grew under the Moguls from 1636 as a trade route. Its importance escalated after 1750 when it became the capital of the Marathá Empire, where the Peshwas had their palace.
A battle for Poona in October 1802 between the Peshwa Bajirao II and the Holkars led to the 2nd Anglo-Maratha War.
The British involvement in Poona began after the 1802 Treaty of Bassein - when Peshwā Bjī Rao allowed the English to station a small military force in the town.
After the Peshwas were defeated at the Battle of Poona on 17/18 November 1817 (aka: Battle of Yeraoda) between the British and the Marathas near Poona in the 3rd Maratha War the city was seized. It was placed under the administration of the Bombay Presidency. The British built a large military cantonment to the east of the city (still used by the Indian Army).
The arrival of the railways opened up communication routes to Bombay, previously constrained by the terrain.
Poona Municipality was established in 1858 and was at one time the "monsoon capital" of the Bombay Presidency.
Modern name: Pune
- Images of Poona
- FIBIS database Dhobi Ghat Cemetery, Poona. Inscriptions have been transcribed from gravestones at the cemetery. Images, (by Mr Rajat Sharma who was commissioned by FIBIS), are also available, which are part of the FIBIS Cemeteries Project, and may be ordered for a modest donation.
- The Civil Lines
- Stavely Road (from the old city, heading to the Poona Cantonment)
- Poona Cantonment
- Western India Club - English members
- Deccan Club - mixed Indian and English members
- Sanvarjanik Sabha and Deccan Sabah- Indian members
Poona Sanskrit College 1837 opened and offered a combined Sanskrit and medicine course (linked to Sansoon General Hospital) – under Superintendant: Captain Candy.
Sanskrit and Vernacular College est 1851/52, formed from the amalgamation of Poona’s English and Venacular schools, later it became the Deccan Arts College 1857, with an affiliation to Bombay University 1860.
The Engineering College was founded 1865 and was affiliated to Bombay University (its creation is contemporary with the construction of the Great Indian Peninsular Railway) Later (1880) it was known as the College for Science . It educated staff for the Public Works Department. Courses were offered in: Civil Engineering, Agriculture, Forestry, plus apprentice training.
Political activist Bal Gangadhar Tilak and local citizens founded The Deccan Education Society est 1884, and were responsible for founding Fergusson College, a law school, in 1885.
Supplementing native sanskrit schools, Government Schools opened in 1826 to teach vernacular, initially under control of Mr Jervis. Numbers increased to 3 Government Schools in Poona by 1847, and 23 by 1883 (many other existed in the greater Poona district). They comprised:
- High School 1
- Anglo-Vernacular 2
- Vernacular 18
- Teacher Training schools 2 (male est: 1857, female est: 1870)
In addition there were 45 Private schools, including:
- The Free Church Mission School for Girls est 1850 in the camp
- The Convent High School for Girls est 1860
- Bishops High School, est1864
- The Pensioner's Middle Class School for boys and girls est 1864
- Free Church Mission Institute est 1866
- Poona Native Institution est 1866
- St Vincent Roman Catholic High School est 1867 includes anglo-indian section,
- St Mary’s Girls High School est 1867
- St Anne’s Middle Class School for Girls est 1873
- The Victoria Girls High School est 1876
- The Free Church Mission School for Boys est 1876 in Aditvar Peth
- The Conference Middle Class School est 1879
- The Mission Orphanage and Christian Boys Middle Class School est 1879
- The New English School est 1880
- The Scottish Girls High School est 1882
- The Zanana Mission Anglo-Vernacular School for Girls est 1882 in Sukravar Peth, Sadasiv Peth *Civil Lines and Kamathipura
- The Mission Orphanage Panch Haud Vernacular School est 1882
- The Free Church Mission for Girls Vernacular School est 1882 in Aditvar Peth
- The Bene-Israel Girls Vernacular School in Rastya Peth est 1882
This India List post is about the 'posher' schools in Poona.
In addition to the Sansoon General Hospital, Roman Catholic Orphanage, Charitable Infirmary, St Margaret’s Hospital, St Johns Hospital, and Leper Hospital,there were 10 dispenseries in Poona.
- St Mary’s Church est 1825 originally, mainly for the officers and soldiers of the British, along with their families located in the military cantonment (the latter also known as the camp).
- Christ Church opened by Scottish Missionaries 1831
- St.Patrick's Cathedral est 1850
- Church of the Immaculate Conception, est 1854
- St.Xavier's Church est 1864
- The St.Andrew's Church est 1864, was built to cater to the British Army personnel and their families belonging to the Church of Scotland. St.Andrew's Church,Khadki,Pune You Tube. Baptism and Marriage registers are now wth St Andrew's Church, Calcutta
- All Saints Church est 1869 (Birth, Death, Marriage and Baptism registers are all available since 1869) a military church at the Kirkee cantonment
- Methodist Marathi Church est 1872.
- The Church Of The Holy Name est 1885
- Ghorpuri Garrison Church, est 1890, now known as St.John's Telugu Church
- St Matthew's Tamil Curch est1893
- Jewish Synagogue
- United Free Church
- St Paul's Church
- Sangam (near the old Residency)
- St Pauls Church
- East Street
- Kirkee close to the rifle butts
- Sholapur Road
- Kirkee Memorial for 1,800 servicemen who died in India during the First World War, who are buried in civil and cantonment cemeteries in India and Pakistan
- Kirkee War Cemetery contains 1668 Commonwealth burials from the Second World War - many graves have been reinterred at Kirkee from other sites in western and central India
- This India List post dated 25 November 2011 mentions a visit to St Sepulchre's Protestant Cemetery in the 1980s when burial records were available, however this India List post dated 15 March 2012 indicates these records are not now at the cemetery, which is very overgrown, with snakes. India List post dated 20 Apr 2012 by Edmund Bourne advises the East Gate section of the cemetery is totally in ruins. More general cemetery images may be seen here. (This report dated 21 May 2011 details a dispute with the cemetery caretaker).
- Transcriptions of monuments from St Sepulchre Cemetery, together with images are now available on the FIBIS database
European newspapers were the Deccan Herald, and Poona Observer.
- Poona City Imperial Gazetteer
- Poona Encyclopedia.org 1911
- Our Troubles in Poona and the Deccan A Crawford 1897. A colourful account of local characters and their relationships with the English
- Deccan Queen: A Spatial Analysis of Poona in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries by Wayne Thomas Mullen. Sydney University Digital Theses 26 March 2006. A thesis which is “structured around the analysis of a model that describes the Cantonment, the Civil Lines, the Sadr Bazar and part of the Native City of the Western Indian settlement of Poona in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries”
- "Churches" punediary: churches
- "Churches" virtualpune: churches
- "Commonwealth War Graves in Poona"
- St Mary’s Church Pune includes Archives with details of graves and memorials. This church is now part of the Church of North India.
- St Mary’s School, Pune Established in 1866, the School was run until 1977 by the Sisters of the Community of St. Mary the Virgin, an Anglican order based in Wantage, England. The abbreviation Sr C S M V was used. Also see Nurse-Religious Orders for brief details of this order.
- An Indian Boyhood: Spike Milligan recalls growing up in India in the 1920s (www.veritas) archive.org links
- Wikipedia article Chapekar brothers gives details of the 1896-1897 bubonic plague epidemic in Poona, and the murder of W C Rand, I. C. S, Chairman of the Special Plague Committee
- Maratha History Museum at the Deccan College, Pune
- Photograph: Poona Post Office c 1918 25thlondon.com. Retrieved 25 August 2014
- Photograph: Poona - Willingdon Soldiers club c 1918 25thlondon.com. Retrieved 25 August 2014
- Photographs: Kirkee War Cemetery includes Memorial panels. Taken July 4, 2005 by Paul C A Nixon. Flickr.com
- Slideshow of photographs : Old Pune by Avinash Bhondwe. slideshare.net. Retrieved 29 August 2014. The photographs are listed by number (scroll down the webpage)- enter the number in the relevant box, and click on Enter on your computer. Click the icon beside the number box to enlarge. Includes
- St Mary’s Church, Pune 176, 178-182, 292; Poster for Poona Races 609
- Deccan Queen. Irfca.org. This train commenced its service in 1930 between Bombay and Poona, as a weekend special for the British. (retrieved 3 June 2014)
- "Bye, bye Deccan Queen dining car!" by Rajendra B. Aklekar 22 March 2015. Bombay Railway History Group
- RAF Poona rafweb.org (retrieved 1 July 2014)
Historical Books Online
- Poonah January 1840 page 21 The Diary of Sergeant William Hall, …, late of Her Majesty’s Forty-First Regiment, containing The Incidents connected with two years campaign in Scinde and Affghanistan during the late War. c 1848 Google Books
- Poona and Kirkee page 447 Report of the Commissioners Appointed to Inquire into the Sanitary State of the Army in India : with Abstract of Evidence, and of Reports Received from Indian Military Stations 1864 Archive.org
- Gazetteer of the Bombay Presidency Archive.org
- Poona The Imperial Gazetteer of India 1908 Digital South Asia Library
- "Map of Poona and Kirkee" between pages 342 and 343, A Handbook for Travellers in India, Burma, and Ceylon published by John Murray, London Eighth Edition 1911 Archive.org.
- Poona Directory and Guide 1904 (Times of India), "Corrected to 15 June 1904" is available to read online on the Digital Library of India. Pdf download, DLI. Archive.org version.
- The Poona Guide and Directory 1922 Archive.org
- Page 139 Flies in Relation to Disease: non-bloodsucking flies by G. S. Graham- Smith. 1913 Archive.org. There is a description of the “place where the sewage of Poona was deposited” c 1905 and the connection with enteric (which includes typhoid) fever.
- A Local History Of Poona and its Battlefields by Colonel L W Shakespear (AQMG 6th Poona Division). 1916 Archive.org