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Notes on the Geography of Peninsular India: Chennai/Madras 5: British Commercial Buildings: Photo 15

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Behind the commerce was industry, in large part cotton-spinning mills like this one at Perambur, a few miles north of the city center. The name refers partly to the Duke of Buckingham, for whom a canal was dug northwards many miles from Madras.  It also refers to the Carnatic, the state now known simply as Karnataka. The B&C Mills, as the plant was known, operated from 1881 to 1996. Since then the site has been a freight yard, but its claim to fame is that India's first labor union, the Madras Labour Union, was formed here in 1918.

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