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Welcome! . . .  If you have arrived here by referral or recommendation, you're most probably an Old Sanawarian. If so, you may find something of interest in these pages. You might perhaps come across an early image of yourself, or see a familiar face, scene or event that brings back old school memories. I used to have scores of old black and white photos and negatives from my school days. Regrettably, most of them have gone - inadvertently dumped or somehow misplaced between frequent, (and often hasty) service postings. The few I have remaining are shown here along with others begged, borrowed or "flicked" from Sanawarians  past and present.


In addition to the usual 'snapshots' of our time, I have included the work of a few 19th Century photographers, artists and illustrators - scavenged from various digital libraries, archives, journals and private collections.  In particular, you will find several of the excellent albumen prints of Samuel Bourne who worked from a studio he set up in Simla and spent much of his time photographing in our part of the Siwaliks in the 1860's. His early photographs of Sanawar and the surrounding district are an invaluable resource for anyone interested in our School's great history. There are lots of pictures from recent times too. And for these, I am especially indebted to Sanawarian Dhiraj Sapru (Himalaya '76-83) - not just for permitting me to use many of the excellent images from his flickr photo stream, but also for letting me edit them to suit the general format and presentation of these pages. Many of his photographs depict old familiar scenes that I'm sure you will immediately recognize. In fact, were it not for the traffic calming bumps, telephone wires and the occasional motor scooter to be seen on the old BD "square", we could be looking at the scenes just as they were all those many years ago.


Unless otherwise attributed, the side-notes, observations and captions you read here are entirely my own - mistakes, gaffs, inaccuracies and all! It's a sad fact, but with the passing of time and a bellyful of "life's stern game",  memories have begun to dim and fade. So please accept my apologies in advance if I've got anything terribly wrong! There are also many familiar faces in the photographs whose names I have shamefully forgotten. If you think you can correct any of my bloomers or fill in any of the gaps, please write or email me. In any event and whatever you do, please  sign my Guestbook before you leave! Your comments would be most welcome.


Although these pages have been made as "mobile friendly" as possible, they are best viewed on the full screen of a desktop monitor, and at 1024x768 pixels or greater. Download times will depend on the speed and bandwidth of your connection. There are over 300 images in the gallery, so you may have to wait a minute or so for the album to fully load. Please be patient!  Many of the image captions contain links to descriptive side-notes and supplementary texts that appear in separate windows. So if you have not already done so, please enable your browser to accept "popups" while you are here. Finally, the images and data on this site are released under a Creative Commons attribution, non-commercial, share-alike licence. Please note however, that some of the images remain copyright and are marked accordingly. You can freely download and copy them for your own personal or social use. (The usual acknowledgements would of course be appreciated). For public display or any other commercial application, please contact me.


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Thanks for visiting!

Derek Boddington

Sanawar (Havelock and Roberts) 1942-1947
Ghora Gali 1940-1941