Amazing Photograph Collection added to the FIBIS database website – John Morgan Collection

I have spent the last few weeks preparing an amazing bunch of photographs for upload to the FIBIS website and was pleased to publish the following announcement on the FIBIS blog yesterday.

John Morgan is a collector of Antiquaria which he hires out as props for film and television. Among the items he has accumulated are three personal albums of labelled photos taken in British India in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Saddly, their origin is not recorded. However, the photos are highly relative to the objects of our Society and John has been kind enough to permit FIBIS to record them here. We are grateful to Robert Charnock for reproducing them.

The John Morgan collection can be found on the FIBIS database website under Photographs > Albums. Access to browse the photograph collection is free to the general public. However, there are two handy indexes available to FIBIS members only when logged in.

Sample images

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Officers 3rd (Queens Own) Bombay Light Cavalry

Naini Tal – Raniket Week 1902

The photographs truly are amazing and I’m so glad John Morgan has allowed FIBIS to display them on the FIBIS database website. You can browse the collection by clicking the following link.

Browse the John Morgan Collection


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  1. Hello Valmay, I really enjoyed looking at John Morgan’s photo collection; what a treasure chest of memories and history to own! It actually got me thinking, especially since we have shared the odd email a couple of years ago. At the time I was trying to gather more information on St Anthony’s Cathedral in Jhansi since part of my family had lived there and I believe that your grandmother did as well. You very kindly asked your grandmother on my behalf and came back with a lovely story about goats finding their way in since there was no fence around the church boundary! Bit of a long shot, but I recall seeing some sports photos/fancy dress/military style photos on the internet that were taken in Jhansi. Does this mean anything to you? For some reason I thought they were connected to you at the time. I recall showing them to my mum who is Anglo-Indian and we were curious to find out if there was an Iris Andrews captured in the photos. She’s my Great Aunt and we lost contact with her. She passed away and we don’t seem to be able to find any details on her passing. However, looking at the photos we couldn’t help but both think that she was captured in the one which had all the young women dressed in military style. I would welcome any information. Kind regards Mel

    Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2012 13:09:55 +0000 To:

  2. Gorgeous photos, of exceptional quality. These are certainly of great historical, archaeological, and artistic value.

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