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Colonialism Collection

"Unveiling the Complexities of Colonialism

Background imageColonialism Collection: Captain Cook taking possession of New South Wales, c. 1910 (colour litho)

Captain Cook taking possession of New South Wales, c. 1910 (colour litho)
IL433772 Captain Cook taking possession of New South Wales, c.1910 (colour litho) by Gilfillan, John Alexander (1793-1867) (after); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageColonialism Collection: Cartoon from Puck, between 1880 and 1889. Creators: Joseph Keppler, Bernhard Gillam

Cartoon from Puck, between 1880 and 1889. Creators: Joseph Keppler, Bernhard Gillam
Cartoon from Puck, between 1880 and 1889

Background imageColonialism Collection: A Kingston Norfolk Island view, part of the restored British penal colony buildings

A Kingston Norfolk Island view, part of the restored British penal colony buildings and now a world heritage listed area

Background imageColonialism Collection: The Pilgrim Fathers boarding the Mayflower

The Pilgrim Fathers boarding the Mayflower for their voyage to America. After painting by Bernard Gribble

Background imageColonialism Collection: MAP: BRITISH EMPIRE, 1886. Map, 1886, of the British Empire by Walter Crane

MAP: BRITISH EMPIRE, 1886. Map, 1886, of the British Empire by Walter Crane. The small insert shows, in red, the extent of the British territories in 1786

Background imageColonialism Collection: World Map Empire McVitie

World Map Empire McVitie
A map of the world, showing the British Empire coloured in red at the end of the nineteenth century

Background imageColonialism Collection: WWI Poster, The Empire Needs Men

WWI Poster, The Empire Needs Men
WWI Parliamentary Recruiting Committee Poster, design by Arthur Wardle (1864-1949), The Empire Needs Men! Enlist Now. Depicting a lion and cubs, representing Britain and her Empire. Date: 1915

Background imageColonialism Collection: Advertisement for Patersons Camp Coffee

Advertisement for Patersons Camp Coffee, which is claimed to be the best

Background imageColonialism Collection: The Devilfish in Egyptian Waters. An American cartoon from 1882 depicting John Bull (England)

The Devilfish in Egyptian Waters. An American cartoon from 1882 depicting John Bull (England)
IMPERIALISM CARTOON, 1882. The Devilfish in Egyptian Waters. An American cartoon from 1882 depicting John Bull (England) as the octopus of imperialism grabbing land on every continent

Background imageColonialism Collection: Maurice Toussaint poster advertising colonial recruitment, from World War II, 1938

Maurice Toussaint poster advertising colonial recruitment, from World War II, 1938
France - 20th century, Second World War - Engagez-vous Rengagez-vous dans les Troupes Coloniales. Maurice Toussaint poster advertising colonial recruitment, 1938

Background imageColonialism Collection: The Gordon Highlanders. How Piper Findlater won the V. C. at Dargai, 1897, (1939)

The Gordon Highlanders. How Piper Findlater won the V. C. at Dargai, 1897, (1939)
The Gordon Highlanders. How Piper Findlater won the V.C. at Dargai, 1897, (1939). The Storming of the Dargai Heights by the 1st Gordon Highlanders and the Gurkhas, 1897

Background imageColonialism Collection: General Map of British South Africa, 1900. Creator: Unknown

General Map of British South Africa, 1900. Creator: Unknown
General Map of British South Africa, 1900. From " South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. I", by Louis Creswicke. [T. C. & E. C. Jack, Edinburgh, 1900]

Background imageColonialism Collection: Victoria Falls: The Leaping Water, pub. 1864. Creator: Thomas Baines (1820-75)

Victoria Falls: The Leaping Water, pub. 1864. Creator: Thomas Baines (1820-75)
Victoria Falls: The Leaping Water, from Explorations in South West Africa, pub. 1864 (colour lithograph). made in collaboration with James Chapman (1831-1872)

Background imageColonialism Collection: Colonel Mordaunt watching a cock fight at Lucknow, India, 1790. Artist: Johan Zoffany

Colonel Mordaunt watching a cock fight at Lucknow, India, 1790. Artist: Johan Zoffany
Colonel Mordaunt watching a cock fight at Lucknow, India, 1790. In an open-sided tent, East India Company officers and administrators sit and stand under a canopy

Background imageColonialism Collection: British India - East Bengal - Barisal

British India - East Bengal - Barisal - Indian Army unit and the British Governor and his wife. Barisal fell under the Bengal Nawabs, then colonial British India

Background imageColonialism Collection: Sir Donald Cameron, Governor of Tanganyika

Sir Donald Cameron, Governor of Tanganyika
Sir Donald Charles Cameron (1872-1948), Governor of Tanganyika (now Tanzania), seen here at Kigoma on 8 September 1928. He served as Governor from 1925 to 1931

Background imageColonialism Collection: Lord Dufferin, 8th Viceroy of India

Lord Dufferin, 8th Viceroy of India
Frederick Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, 1st Marquess of Dufferin and Ava (1826-1902), 8th Viceroy of India, 1884-1888. He previously served as Governor General of Canada

Background imageColonialism Collection: Map of the world, 1720

Map of the world, 1720
(Original Caption) 18th century map of the world. Published in Paris in 1720, this French map shows the known world, including the new lands that had been discovered in the preceding centuries by

Background imageColonialism Collection: EMPIREs HIGHWAY TO INDIA. The Empires Highway to India

EMPIREs HIGHWAY TO INDIA. The Empires Highway to India. View of Bombay, India from a British ship. British Empire Marketing Board poster, c1928

Background imageColonialism Collection: PAXTON, Joseph (1801-1865). Crystal Palace. 1851

PAXTON, Joseph (1801-1865). Crystal Palace. 1851. First building with revolutionary modular, prefabricated design, and use of glass. Built for the Universal Exhibition of 1851 in Hyde Park, London

Background imageColonialism Collection: Empire Marketing Board - Penang, British Malaya

Empire Marketing Board - Penang, British Malaya
Empire Marketing Board Poster design, Penang, British Malaya (now Malaysia), printed for the Empire Marketing Board. Showing a busy scene at the docks. Date: circa 1930

Background imageColonialism Collection: A classic car parked on the street next to colonial buildings with the former Parliament

A classic car parked on the street next to colonial buildings with the former Parliament Building in the background, Havana, Cuba, West Indies, Caribbean, Central America

Background imageColonialism Collection: Metropolitan Cathedral Pipe Organs

Metropolitan Cathedral Pipe Organs
Metropolitan Cathedral Pipe Organ, view from bellow

Background imageColonialism Collection: Cover of Standard of Empire

Cover of Standard of Empire
Jingoistic cover of the " Standard of Empire" Annual for 1912 - 1913 showing Britannia in a chariot drawn by the British lion

Background imageColonialism Collection: AFRICA: MAP. Birds eye view of the Sudan and surrounding countries

AFRICA: MAP. Birds eye view of the Sudan and surrounding countries. English lithograph map, 1884, of north, central, and east Africa

Background imageColonialism Collection: MALAYA: PLANTATION, 1931. The Market of the Garden Tropics - Malayan Pineapples

MALAYA: PLANTATION, 1931. The Market of the Garden Tropics - Malayan Pineapples. British Empire Marketing Board Poster, 1931

Background imageColonialism Collection: Treaty of Waitangi

Treaty of Waitangi
The Treaty of Waitangi: Maori chiefs recognise British sovereignty and New Zealand becomes part of the British Empire. This was designed to guarantee land rights to the Maoris

Background imageColonialism Collection: Congo / Cartoon / Punch / 1906

Congo / Cartoon / Punch / 1906
King Leopold II, King of the Belgians, crushes the Belgian Congo. In the rubber coils

Background imageColonialism Collection: Battle of Adowa

Battle of Adowa
The Battle of Adowa in which Meneliks Ethiopian forces defeated the Italians; Brigadier General Dabormidas troops encounter fierce resistance

Background imageColonialism Collection: Mayo College, Ajmer, Rajasthan, India

Mayo College, Ajmer, Rajasthan, India, a boys independent boarding school founded in 1875. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageColonialism Collection: Poster advertising the British Empire Exhibition

Poster advertising the British Empire Exhibition, held at Wembley between April and October 1924. With special instructions not to miss the Gold Coast section. 1924

Background imageColonialism Collection: George V and Mary, Coronation Durbar, Delhi, India

George V and Mary, Coronation Durbar, Delhi, India
King George V and Queen Mary sitting on their imperial thrones on the day following the Coronation Durbar ceremony in Delhi, India

Background imageColonialism Collection: Polo Team, Delhi 1916

Polo Team, Delhi 1916
A serious-looking British polo team, after winning a trophy, pose with His Excellency the Governor, who presumably has just presented the awards

Background imageColonialism Collection: Eritrea - The old road from Asmara to Massawa - Built by Italians during colonialism - Africa

Eritrea - The old road from Asmara to Massawa - Built by Italians during colonialism - Africa
STA-238 Eritrea - The old road from Asmara to Massawa - Built by Italians during colonialism Africa Augusto Leandro Stanzani Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageColonialism Collection: Poster advertising China Tea

Poster advertising China Tea, marketed by the Compagnie Coloniale. A smiling Chinese man in traditional dress, with a long pigtail, sits on a large tin of tea enjoying a steaming cup

Background imageColonialism Collection: Map of Europe, 1700

Map of Europe, 1700
17th century map of Europe. Published in 1700, this map by the Dutch cartographer Frederick de Witt (1630-1706) shows the latest knowledge of the geography of Europe

Background imageColonialism Collection: Rickshaw in India 1920S

Rickshaw in India 1920S
Four men are required to propel this European lady in her rickshaw - but then Simla (India) is a very hilly town. Date: 1920s

Background imageColonialism Collection: Zulu War Britannia 1879

Zulu War Britannia 1879
British Imperialism symbolically represented at the time of the Zulu War

Background imageColonialism Collection: British at Harare

British at Harare
The British flag is ceremonially raised over Fort Salisbury (now Harare) in Mashonaland (later Rhodesia, later still Zimbabwe)

Background imageColonialism Collection: Sam Lords Castle Holiday Resort, Barbados, Caribbean

Sam Lords Castle Holiday Resort, Barbados, Caribbean

Background imageColonialism Collection: Poster depicting cocoa pod gathering

Poster depicting cocoa pod gathering
Poster for the Empire Marketing Board depicting the gathering of cocoa pods

Background imageColonialism Collection: Kingston, Norfolk Island, is a very historic Georgian village

Kingston, Norfolk Island, is a very historic Georgian village and fully restored colonial outpost of the British Empire during the convict transportation era

Background imageColonialism Collection: Poster of the Suez Canal

Poster of the Suez Canal
Poster for the Empire Marketing Board, showing a view of the Suez Canal from on board ship

Background imageColonialism Collection: Zulu / Surrender 1879

Zulu / Surrender 1879
The end of the Zulu War - the surrender of native chiefs to Sir G. Wolseley. They sit together on the plains and hold a peace conference

Background imageColonialism Collection: Edward VIII in Nepal

Edward VIII in Nepal
EDWARD VIII As Prince of Wales, travelling by elephant in Nepal

Background imageColonialism Collection: Politics / Colonialism

Politics / Colonialism
In JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, the natives, however elegantly dressed and well-behaved, must walk in the roadway, leaving the sidewalks for the white folk (picture 2 of 2)

Background imageColonialism Collection: Abd El Kader, Algerian leader

Abd El Kader, Algerian leader
Abd El Kader (Abd al-Qadir, El Amir Abdelkader), Algerian Islamic scholar, Sufi, political and military leader who led a resistance to French occupation in the mid-nineteenth century

Background imageColonialism Collection: British Navy taking Curacao, Napoleonic Wars

British Navy taking Curacao, Napoleonic Wars
The British Navy taking the Caribbean island of Curacao during the Napoleonic Wars



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"Unveiling the Complexities of Colonialism: Tracing its Global Impact through Time and Space" Step into a captivating journey as we explore the multifaceted nature of colonialism, from its origins to its lasting effects on various regions across the world. Our first stop takes us to Kingston Norfolk Island, where restored British penal colony buildings stand as a testament to a dark chapter in history. This World Heritage listed area invites reflection on the lives impacted by this system. Next, we delve into an 1886 map of the British Empire by Walter Crane, revealing the vast extent of imperial control during that era. The empire's reach is further depicted in McVitie's World Map Empire, showcasing how Britain left an indelible mark on countless nations. As we shift our gaze towards America, we witness The Pilgrim Fathers boarding the Mayflower—a pivotal moment that laid foundations for future colonization endeavors. Meanwhile, Patersons Camp Coffee advertisement reminds us of how commerce played a significant role in sustaining these ventures. The Gordon Highlanders' heroic tale unfolds next; Piper Findlater's V. C. Win at Dargai in 1897 exemplifies both bravery and imperialism intertwined within historical narratives. A thought-provoking American cartoon from 1882 portrays England as an octopus-like figure symbolizing imperialism's insatiable appetite for land across continents. Turning our attention to Africa, an unknown creator presents us with a General Map of British South Africa from 1900—highlighting territorial divisions resulting from colonial rule. In times of war like WWI, propaganda posters such as "The Empire Needs Men" underscored how colonies were called upon to support their colonizers' interests. Venturing deeper into Africa brings us face-to-face with Congo—a powerful Punch cartoon published in 1906 that critiques European exploitation and brutality during colonization efforts. Mayo College stands tall in Ajmer, Rajasthan—an educational institution shaped by British influence, reflecting the cultural assimilation that often accompanied colonial rule.