By Nariman Point -Moolchand Verma
Even though the name of the popular ‘Meadows Street’ in our stock market premises has changed; But people still call it as ‘Meadows Street’. The name Meadows is derived from the name of British General Sir William Meadows who was the Governor of Mumbai during 1788-89.
Is. In 1789, the population of Mumbai increased to about 160 thousand and then Malabar Hill, Breach Candy were not considered luxurious places. The Governor of Mumbai lived at Parel and at Apollo Street (Cot area). His i.e. Governor’s salary is only Rs. It was 10 thousand. Sir William Meadows came as the Governor of Bombay in the last days of 1788 and became the Governor of Madras in 1790. Mumbai to A.D. He retired in 1792. He got 40 thousand pounds at the time of retirement.
General Meadows became governor; But he remained a general in life. When Lord Cornwallis and General Meadows won the victory at Srirangapatnam, Meadows stood so close to the cannon that was fired for the salute that the cannonballs were likely to fly off. Lord Cornwallis saw this. So the next day, when he met General Meadows, he said sarcastically, “Where were you yesterday during the cannon salute?”
General Meadows pulled out a pistol from his holster and fired three rounds into his body, after which the rounds were surgically removed.
It is no wonder that the British rule in India survived for centuries only because of such generals.
Mount Stuart Elphinstone was the Governor of Mumbai from 1819 to 1827. He liked Khandala’s pleasant place and pleasant atmosphere so much that he built a bungalow there. There was a waterfall near this bungalow and it fell from a height of 1200 feet.
Duke of Wellington stayed in Mumbai from March to April 1801. After that he came back to Mumbai in July 1804. At that time Duke of Wellington was staying in a cottage on Malabar Hill. The founder of the first English school for girls in Mumbai – Alexandra School – was Mr. Manekji Kharshedji who was a good friend of hers. Shri Manekji Kharshedji kept one of the duke’s hairs in a gold locket as a sign of friendship. Shri Manekji died in December 1887 at the age of 81 years.
In 1802, when Arthur Wellesley signed a treaty of settlement with the Peshwas in Mumbai, a man stood up in a Marathi-like holkar-bhali assembly and said, ‘You have taken my turban.’ Holkar was also a powerful general. His army could cover about seventy and a half miles a day with cannons.
Sir John Child, brother of East India Company chairman Joseph Child, became Governor of Mumbai and was accused of embezzling the funds of the cathedral opposite Horniman Circle Garden. Sir John Child e. S. died in 1760 and was buried in the Cooperage precincts; But the trace of his grave could not be found. The reality is that Sir John