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Mrs Madeleine Amy Churcher.

She was the wife of Captain Douglas Wilfred Churcher of the 87th Royal Irish Fusiliers whom she had married in 1897. In 1902 Captain Churcher was appointed Deputy Assistant Adjutant General at Colombo and in the second half of 1904 he and Mrs Churcher visited his parents in Naini Tal.

Given by Lady Hart.

‘Indian Impression or the Diary of our Indian Trip 1904’ by Madeleine Amy Churcher. The diary is in the form of three handwritten albums with mounted photographs and original sketches. In addition a printed edition of the diary was privately published in 1982. The printed volume includes reproductions of some of the original photographs and sketches. A copy of the printed volume is included in the collection.

The diary begins with a brief description of Bombay and of Allahabad, Cawnpore and Lucknow. The writer then centres on Naini Tal and its environs where a good deal of walking and sporting activities took place including tiger shoots. The Churchers then had an extensive holiday in Kashmir and Poonch and, amongst other things, engaged in fishing expeditions and leopard shoots. In December 1904 they visited Rawalpindi, Delhi and Basti before embarking at Bombay in the early days of 1905.