Archive / Papers / Bourne/Broadbent Family: Box 1


Folder 1 – Papers relating to Sir Alfred Bourne:

  • Papers relating to the sale of ‘the Adyar House’. Conveyancing and solicitors’ documents relating to sale and payment.
  • Contract of employment for Sir Alfred Gibbs Bourne as Director of the Indian Institute of Science,   Mysore.
  • Statement and testimonials in support of Mr. Alfred Gibbs Bourne’s Candidature for the Chair of Natural Science in Auckland University College, New Zealand, from Prof. T.H. Huxley et al. (pp. 5-12 missing). 1882.
  • Letter from the Rajah of Cochin requesting help in selecting a Principal for the second grade college at Ernakulam. Coonoor 21 May 1914.
  • Letter from the India Office to Sir Alfred Bourne asking if he has information about starting a College for women in Madras under the auspices of numerous British and American Missionary Societies. 1915. 3pp. Sir Alfred Bourne’s comments in MS on back page.
  • Government of India. Paper 461 of 1914 Finance Department 11 December 1914. Proposal to establish a separate Government College for Women in Madras. 3pp.
  • Enclosure: No. 615 of 27 May 1914, outlining beginning of proposed Government College. 3pp.
  • Letter confirming Sir Alfred Bourne on the Government Mailing list for Annual Reports of Public Instruction in the Madras Residency. 2pp.
  • Presidential address by Sir Alfred Bourne to the Indian Science Congress 1917. 16pp.

Folder 2:

  • Envelope containing 18 Letters from J.M. Bourne from Belgaum, Dharwar, Singatgiri, to his children in England, 1913-1918. (No. 9 is from the children’s ayah). 56pp. Description of bungalow on Godaveri, and the bridge over Godaveri. Descriptions of his work, heat and daily life, monsoon conditions, laying track, putting electric bells in bungalow, the garden and mentioning the war. About his promotion and new work in Dharwar, and joining Indian Defence Force, a panther beat and shoot. Mentions railway construction in connection with war requirements in some detail, for the railway between Alnawar and Dandelli in the Canara jungle.

Folder 3:

  • Envelope containing: 19 Letters from Mrs Hilda Bourne in India to her daughters in England. Rajamundry, Belgaum 1914 (?) Describes: bear hunt and bazaar in detail. Gives detailed account of daily life, including attending an Indian wedding, and the Kolakondu Festival: farewell party at Rajamundry, outlines her and her husband’s work for the railway staff. Life in Belgaum; new baby, Describes preparations for her husband to go off on construction of Alnawar-Dandelli line (see (1)). Underlying attitudes.

Folder 4:

  • Special passport issued to Mrs Bourne for her return home to England in November 1918.
  • Shikar diary kept by J.M. Bourne 1908-1909.
  • Shikar diary for 1912.
  • Appointment of J.M. Bourne as an Officer in the Volunteer Forces of India, 27 September 1917. (Envelope marked: Record of service with the Madras and Southern Mahratta Railway Co. Ltd.)
  • The War Graves of the British Empire: cemeteries in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Assam, Bengal, Bihar and Orissa, etc. Register. London, Imperial War Graves Commission 1931. (J.M. Bourne’s death recorded).x