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These visuals are intended to take you back into time as a fishing village converts itself into a mighty city of the world and plays its role against all odds. My Karachi is an effort in that direction. To quote the words of Sir Charles Napier “You will yet be the glory of the East; would that I could come again, to see you in your grandeur“ I further dedicate these visuals to the Unknown Photographers who must have thought that some day in the distant future you too will go through Memory Lane and proudly claim ‘Yes, This is My Karachi’. I further dedicate these visuals to the Unknown Photographers who must have thought that some day in the distant future you too will go through Memory Lane and proudly claim ‘Yes, This is My Karachi’. Qaizar Saifee 2012 email@example.com
Gateway to Karachi, Manora Island Light House was first built as a light station in 1851 by the British. Light House was first built as a light station in 1851 by the British. One of the oldest Light Stations in the former British Indian Empire.
Rebuilt in 1889 and still operational as navigational aid for ships.
With its Hyper radiant Fresnel Lens installed in 1909, it is capable of emitting high intensity flashes visible from 16 – 18 miles off. With an inside diameter of 2.66 metres the revolving lens unit weighed 6 tons and floated on mercury so that it could be turned with one finger.
P.N.S.C. Building and Native Jetty Bridge over Chinna Creek Photo: Qaizar Saifee 1973
A unique ship shape structure unlike traditional Mughal or Gothic style building of the British Raj. Permanently anchored in Chinna Creek, the keel of the Land ship “Jamshed Nusserwanji was laid in 1946 by Sir Lancelot Graham, the viceroy of the pre- partition India. Fazal Saifee 1959
Built to serve as the Sea Headquarter for Karachi Sea Scouts. Named after the noble man, Jamshed Nusserwanji Mehta the first elected Mayor of Karachi, known as the “Maker of Modern Karachi” and a notable figure in Pakistan Boy Scouts Association. Qaizar Saifee 1970 Qaizar Saifee 1973
Karachi Port Trust established in 1886 as Port Authority
Karachi Port Trust Building constructed in 1915 Photo: Qaizar Saifee 1973
Merewether Tower built in memory of Sir William Merewether, commissioner of Sindh 1884. Merewether Tower built in memory of Sir William Merewether, commissioner of Sindh 1884.
Merewether Memorial Tower Photo: Qaizar Saifee 1980
Jaffer Fuddoo Dispensary & Clock Tower located near Matchi Miyani Market ( famous fish market ) Kharadar. Built in 1904 by a Muslim Philanthropist Jaffer Fuddoo, editor & proprietor of the first English newspaper “Phoenix”managed by native people.
Today a new facility, Kutiana Memon Hospital has been built around the original old building without losing its glory. The old building serves as the administration block of the hospital.
Street Photographer and Minute Camera Long before the invent of Polaroid instant camera, this 2 cubic foot magic box called “Minute Camera” was a common site on Karachi streets from 60’s till late 90’s. One could choose an artfully painted backdrop of a Palatial house, a lion or a celebrity of his choice. All this for just 10 rupees back in 80’s All this for just 10 rupees back in 80’s.
This Camera cum Darkroom was designed in 1910 with a built in processing facility providing finished photos within minutes. Surprisingly it still survives in many parts of the world including my Karachi in this digital age.
One of the first Muslim Schools established in the British India. Sindh Madressatul Islam
Khan Bahadur Hassan Ali Effandi, most prominent educationist and reformer of Sindh influenced by the Indian Muslim educationist Sir Syed Ahmed Khan founded Sindh Madressatul Islam in 1885. The first Alma Mater of Quaid e Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah when he joined the Madressa in 1887.
Max Denso Hall and Library Bandar Road built in 1886.
Max Denso Hall & Jehangir Kothari Building Max Denso Hall & Jehangir Kothari Building (View towards Saddar) Max Denso Hall (View towards Merewether Tower)
Karachi Municipal Corporation Building Foundation Stone laid in 1895 Foundations laid in 1915 Main construction work started in 1927 and completed in 1931. Inaugurated on January 7, 1932 with the prayer “ May All Be Blessed In This City”
One of the finest example of Indo-Colonial architecture and land mark of Karachi. This building has the honour of being visited by over 80 heads of states including: Queen Elizabeth of Britain, late Shah Faisal of Saudi Arabia, Yasir Arafat of Palestine, Shah Hussain of Jordan and Moammar Qadafi of Libiya.
Khaliqdina Hall M.A. Jinnah Road ( Bundar Road Khaliqdina Hall M.A. Jinnah Road ( Bundar Road ) Built in 1906.
Named after a philanthropist Ghulam Hoosain Khaliqdina. Assumed historical significance in 1921, when chosen by the British authorities to host Maulana Mohammed Ali Johar’s famous trial of Khilafat Movement. Later the building became a symbol of resistance against British Raj.
Mohatta Palace 1927 Built by Shivratan Chandraratan Mohatta, a Marwar businessman as his summer home. After partition in 1947 Government of Pakistan acquired the building to house the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During 1964 and 1980 occupied by Mohtarma Fatma Jinnah and Shireen Jinnah. In 1995 purchased by Government of Sindh for conversion into Museum.
Designed on Mughal Architecture replicating Rajasthan Stone Palaces, this luxurious home is built on 18,500 sq.ft. on different levels including a secret underground tunnel leading from the palace all the way to a subterranean Hindu Temple. This magnificent building is trimmed with intricately carved stone brackets, balusters, arches and domes. Mohatta Palace presently serves as a museum devoted to arts & crafts of Pakistan.
Seth Jehangir Hormusji Kothari, a prominent philanthropist of Parsi community gifted his home & adjacent land to the Municipality of Karachi for the building of the parade in 1920.
The 1300 ft. long terraced parade for access to the sea at Clifton, known as Jehangir Kothari Parade was built around 1921. Now part of Bagh Ibn e Qasim after renovation and restoration in its original splendor by City Dist. Govt. in 2007.
The Grand Band Stand seen in the background was built by Kavasji Hormusji Katrak in 1926 and gifted to the people of Karachi
Inaugurated as Sindh Arts Colege in 1882. Renamed as D J Science College upon completion of the present structure in 1887. Named after its main benefactor, a philanthropist from Sindh Diwan Dayaram Jethamal. The Institute celebrated 125 years of service in 2012. D J Science College (Diwan Dayaram Jethamal Science College)
Edulji Dinshaw Dispensary built in 1882 by Seth Edulji Dinshaw, one of the foremost philanthropist from pre partition Karachi. Seth Edulji Dinshaw known for his charitable work was also a trustee of Karachi Port Trust and Member Karachi Municipal Corporation.
Edulji Dinshaw Dispensary still functional stands at the intersection of Preedy Street and Raja Ghazanfar Ali Road next to the Tramway Junction of the yester years.
1895 Empress Market Central Karachi’s main landnark, dominated by Gothic Mughal style structure. Built between 1884—1889.
Empress Market most popular & busy shopping center, named after Queen Victoria the Empress of India during the British Raj.
Mashki or Bihishti ( Persian word meaning water carrier ) A very common site among all silver heads of my generation. An age old method of water supply for domestic use uptill 60’s Before the electric water pumps or even hand pumps came into use, Mashki was the only source of water supply to the 3 rd floor of a building. The “Mashk” or leather bag made of cow hide could carry approximately 15 gallons of water. One of the most primitive methods still in use in some parts of the city.
1885: Steam Tramway opened in Karachi 1910: The First Petrol Tram in the World introduced. 46 seater 8 miles per gallon with petrol at 4 annas (quarter of a Rupee) per gallon.
1945: Diesel Tramcars introduced replacing Petrol Trams 1949: Mohammadali Tramway Company bought East India Tramway Co.
1955: Fleet of 64 Tram cars numbered from 94 to 157 ran from Keamari to Cantonment railway Station connecting Chakiwara, Gandhi Garden, Soldier Bazar, Bolton Market and Saddar. 1975: Karachi Tramway was closed down.
Royal carriage locally known as Victoria or Ghora Gari, remained a common man’s popular transport for the family up till 80’s. Now used for ceremonial purposes on traditional weddings.
Zaib un Nisa Street (Elphinston Street) Saddar 1947
Shahrah e Iraq (Clarke Street) Saddar 1900 Dr Daud Pota Road ( Frere Street ) Saddar 1900
Shabbir Saifee 1949 Shabbir Saifee 1950 Old city area North Napier Road 1949 Regal Cinema 1950
Frere Hall Constructed in 1863 in honour of Sir Henry Bartle Edward Frere, known for promoting economic development in Karachi. It was used as a Town Hall during the British Raj.
Photo: Qaizar Saifee 1970 Bagh e Jinnah (Frere Hall ) Houses a Library and Gallery of paintings by Pakistani Iconic artist Sadequain. Home to famous mural called “Arz o Samawat “ by Sadequain. On sundays the courtyard serves as a Book Bazar and meeting place for the “Bookworms” of Karachi.