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This is an album compiled by Charles Streatfeild James (1859-1937) and donated by Adam James.
Charles Streatfeild James was born in 1859, the first son of Herbert Henderson James of the 10th Bombay Native Infantry. Charles’ grandfather, Charles Butler James went to Bombay as a cadet in 1802 and served with the Bombay Army until his retirement in 1853. Four of his sons and many of their offspring  along with a variety of cousins all had India connections.
Charles was educated at Trinity School Stratford-upon-Avon and then at Coopers Hill Engineering College from 1877 to 1879. He was appointed to the Indian Telegraph Department in January 1879 and spent his working life in the Department, retiring as Director of Telegraphs for Oude and Agra. He married Elizabeth (Bessie) Ellen Mackenzie (1st May 1886), daughter of Nicholas William Mackenzie, a banker. They had two children, Dorothy Place James (died young) and Ralph James DSO who died in 1916 at Morval on the Western Front.
The photographs start in England around 1878 and then show Charles’ journey out to India via Palestine, Egypt and Colombo. Most are stock pictures, so he may not have visited Jerusalem. Then come a series of stock photos of Calcutta and some of railway bridges. He was based at Surat and Barrackpore  where he met and married Bessie Mackenzie. The album has several photographs of prominent government buildings, local views and family and social events.

  • 1877 College School Masters Stratford on Avon 1877 College School Masters Stratford on Avon
    206 hits
  • 1877 probably - Major Oak (Notts) and Carshalton (Surrey) 1877 probably - Major Oak (Notts) and Carshalton (Surrey)
    313 hits
  • 1877-8 VIth Form at Stratford or Coopers Hill students 1877-8 VIth Form at Stratford or Coopers Hill students
    291 hits
  • 1879 Autumn Bridge north of Ratlam 1879 Autumn Bridge north of Ratlam
    235 hits
  • 1879 Autumn Gungait Bridge 1879 Autumn Gungait Bridge
    198 hits
  • 1879 Autumn Melaine Bridge 1879 Autumn Melaine Bridge
    176 hits
  • 1879 Naini Bridge at Allahabad 1879 Naini Bridge at Allahabad
    231 hits
  • 1879 Cairo general view 1879 Cairo general view
    213 hits
  • 1879 Calcutta Entrance to Govt House 1879 Calcutta Entrance to Govt House
    215 hits
  • 1879 Calcutta Govt House from the north 1879 Calcutta Govt House from the north
    204 hits
  • 1879 Calcutta Govt House from the south 1879 Calcutta Govt House from the south
    227 hits
  • 1879 Calcutta Museum 1879 Calcutta Museum
    269 hits
  • 1879 Calcutta Paper Currency Office 1879 Calcutta Paper Currency Office
    251 hits
  • 1879 Calcutta Post Office etc 1879 Calcutta Post Office etc
    211 hits
  • 1879 Calcutta St Pauls Cathedral 1879 Calcutta St Pauls Cathedral
    205 hits
  • 1879 Calcutta Telegraph Office 1 1879 Calcutta Telegraph Office 1
    203 hits
  • 1879 Calcutta Telegraph Office 2 1879 Calcutta Telegraph Office 2
    213 hits
  • 1879 Calcutta Tipu Sultan Mosque 1879 Calcutta Tipu Sultan Mosque
    266 hits
  • 1879 Calcutta looking north from Telegraph Office 1879 Calcutta looking north from Telegraph Office
    228 hits
  • 1879 Calcutta looking south from Telegraph Office 1879 Calcutta looking south from Telegraph Office
    205 hits
  • 1879 Colombo bazaar 1879 Colombo bazaar
    188 hits
  • 1879 Coopers Hill Chapel 1879 Coopers Hill Chapel
    132 hits
  • 1879 Coopers Hill Engineering College 1879 Coopers Hill Engineering College
    165 hits
  • 1879 January Colombo Galle Face 1879 January Colombo Galle Face
    177 hits
  • 1879 January Colombo 1879 January Colombo
    177 hits
  • 1879 January Colombo breakwater and double boat 1879 January Colombo breakwater and double boat
    170 hits
  • 1879 January Colombo Buddhist temple 1879 January Colombo Buddhist temple
    136 hits
  • 1879 January Colombo looking towards Lighthouse 1879 January Colombo looking towards Lighthouse
    160 hits
  • 1879 January Colombo-Kandy railway 1879 January Colombo-Kandy railway
    166 hits
  • 1879 January Egypt - Moses  fountain 1879 January Egypt - Moses fountain
    135 hits
  • 1879 January Egypt - Port Said Breakwater and Lighthouse 1879 January Egypt - Port Said Breakwater and Lighthouse
    177 hits
  • 1879 January Egypt - Port Said 1879 January Egypt - Port Said
    151 hits
  • 1879 January Egypt - Sphinx and pyramid 1879 January Egypt - Sphinx and pyramid
    161 hits
  • 1879 January Egypt - Suez Canal map 1879 January Egypt - Suez Canal map
    166 hits
  • 1879 January Egypt - Suez Canal 1879 January Egypt - Suez Canal
    165 hits
  • 1879 January Egypt - Suez scenes 1879 January Egypt - Suez scenes
    167 hits
  • 1879 January Jerusalem 1879 January Jerusalem
    153 hits
  • 1882 Floods at Navsari 1882 Floods at Navsari
    168 hits
  • 1882 Surat Telegraph Office 1882 Surat Telegraph Office
    157 hits
  • 1886 Church at Serampore 1886 Church at Serampore
    286 hits
  • 1886 Flag Staff from top of Govt House Barrackpore 1886 Flag Staff from top of Govt House Barrackpore
    187 hits
  • 1886 Govt House Barrackpore from bridge 1886 Govt House Barrackpore from bridge
    184 hits
  • 1890 approx Mountain panorama 1890 approx Mountain panorama
    161 hits
  • 1890 approx Road and village in the mountains 1890 approx Road and village in the mountains
    149 hits
  • 1890 approx Road in the mountains 1890 approx Road in the mountains
    171 hits
  • 1891 The Mackenzie Family 1891 The Mackenzie Family
    256 hits
  • After 1886 Agra - CSJ at Taj Mahal After 1886 Agra - CSJ at Taj Mahal
    190 hits
  • St Bartholomew's Church Barrackpore St Bartholomew's Church Barrackpore
    158 hits
  • Cricket XI Cricket XI
    180 hits
  • Government house location unknown Government house location unknown
    220 hits