Thursday, 11 September 2014

The Nostalgic Keane Bridge of Sylhet

The Keane Bridge is the only connection between the south and the Sylhet city until 1986 to cross over the river Surma. The bridge reminds me of many memories with my friends and family in Sylhet.  

It is 395 metres long and 5.5 metres wide. It is a steal truss bridge, one of the oldest types of modern bridge. It was built at a cost of 56,000 taka.

a sunny afternoon at the Keane Bridge  

The bridge was constructed in 1936 and was named after Sir Michael Keane who was the Governor of Assam from 1932 to 1937. 

The Government house, residence of the governor

I could not find any photographs of the Governor or any other information about his life; I found some pictures of his daughter Kissane Keane and the house the governor lived in. The pictures must have been taken during the period Sir Michele Keane governed Assam (1932-37). 

Kissane Keane, daughter of the Governor of Assam Sir Michael Keane

The photographs were taken by famous Austrian ethnologists Christopher von F├╝rer-Haimendorf (1909 – 1995) who spent forty years of his life doing fieldwork in northeast India. 


Kissane Keane and a smoking man at a horse race in Shillong

© SOAS Library, University of London
©Some Sylhet lovers discovered through Google 

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