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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
    604 hits
  • 1877 probably - Major Oak (Notts) and Carshalton (Surrey) 1877 probably - Major Oak (Notts) and Carshalton (Surrey)
    745 hits
  • 1877-8 VIth Form at Stratford or Coopers Hill students 1877-8 VIth Form at Stratford or Coopers Hill students
    647 hits
  • 1879 Autumn Bridge north of Ratlam 1879 Autumn Bridge north of Ratlam
    640 hits
  • 1879 Autumn Gungait Bridge 1879 Autumn Gungait Bridge
    552 hits
  • 1879 Autumn Melaine Bridge 1879 Autumn Melaine Bridge
    529 hits
  • 1879 Naini Bridge at Allahabad 1879 Naini Bridge at Allahabad
    711 hits
  • 1879 Cairo general view 1879 Cairo general view
    630 hits
  • 1879 Calcutta Entrance to Govt House 1879 Calcutta Entrance to Govt House
    689 hits
  • 1879 Calcutta Govt House from the north 1879 Calcutta Govt House from the north
    604 hits
  • 1879 Calcutta Govt House from the south 1879 Calcutta Govt House from the south
    629 hits
  • 1879 Calcutta Museum 1879 Calcutta Museum
    744 hits
  • 1879 Calcutta Paper Currency Office 1879 Calcutta Paper Currency Office
    656 hits
  • 1879 Calcutta Post Office etc 1879 Calcutta Post Office etc
    695 hits
  • 1879 Calcutta St Pauls Cathedral 1879 Calcutta St Pauls Cathedral
    680 hits
  • 1879 Calcutta Telegraph Office 1 1879 Calcutta Telegraph Office 1
    674 hits
  • 1879 Calcutta Telegraph Office 2 1879 Calcutta Telegraph Office 2
    725 hits
  • 1879 Calcutta Tipu Sultan Mosque 1879 Calcutta Tipu Sultan Mosque
    755 hits
  • 1879 Calcutta looking north from Telegraph Office 1879 Calcutta looking north from Telegraph Office
    673 hits
  • 1879 Calcutta looking south from Telegraph Office 1879 Calcutta looking south from Telegraph Office
    665 hits
  • 1879 Colombo bazaar 1879 Colombo bazaar
    490 hits
  • 1879 Coopers Hill Chapel 1879 Coopers Hill Chapel
    405 hits
  • 1879 Coopers Hill Engineering College 1879 Coopers Hill Engineering College
    455 hits
  • 1879 January Colombo Galle Face 1879 January Colombo Galle Face
    539 hits
  • 1879 January Colombo 1879 January Colombo
    499 hits
  • 1879 January Colombo breakwater and double boat 1879 January Colombo breakwater and double boat
    482 hits
  • 1879 January Colombo Buddhist temple 1879 January Colombo Buddhist temple
    435 hits
  • 1879 January Colombo looking towards Lighthouse 1879 January Colombo looking towards Lighthouse
    486 hits
  • 1879 January Colombo-Kandy railway 1879 January Colombo-Kandy railway
    548 hits
  • 1879 January Egypt - Moses  fountain 1879 January Egypt - Moses fountain
    379 hits
  • 1879 January Egypt - Port Said Breakwater and Lighthouse 1879 January Egypt - Port Said Breakwater and Lighthouse
    520 hits
  • 1879 January Egypt - Port Said 1879 January Egypt - Port Said
    453 hits
  • 1879 January Egypt - Sphinx and pyramid 1879 January Egypt - Sphinx and pyramid
    472 hits
  • 1879 January Egypt - Suez Canal map 1879 January Egypt - Suez Canal map
    538 hits
  • 1879 January Egypt - Suez Canal 1879 January Egypt - Suez Canal
    465 hits
  • 1879 January Egypt - Suez scenes 1879 January Egypt - Suez scenes
    467 hits
  • 1879 January Jerusalem 1879 January Jerusalem
    445 hits
  • 1882 Floods at Navsari 1882 Floods at Navsari
    485 hits
  • 1882 Surat Telegraph Office 1882 Surat Telegraph Office
    496 hits
  • 1886 Church at Serampore 1886 Church at Serampore
    635 hits
  • 1886 Flag Staff from top of Govt House Barrackpore 1886 Flag Staff from top of Govt House Barrackpore
    497 hits
  • 1886 Govt House Barrackpore from bridge 1886 Govt House Barrackpore from bridge
    439 hits
  • 1890 approx Mountain panorama 1890 approx Mountain panorama
    411 hits
  • 1890 approx Road and village in the mountains 1890 approx Road and village in the mountains
    401 hits
  • 1890 approx Road in the mountains 1890 approx Road in the mountains
    420 hits
  • 1891 The Mackenzie Family 1891 The Mackenzie Family
    531 hits
  • After 1886 Agra - CSJ at Taj Mahal After 1886 Agra - CSJ at Taj Mahal
    518 hits
  • St Bartholomew's Church Barrackpore St Bartholomew's Church Barrackpore
    586 hits
  • Cricket XI Cricket XI
    528 hits
  • Government house location unknown Government house location unknown
    509 hits