Boundaries: The Island of Bombay (1838)
Even 30 years after the Island of Bombay was connected to Colaba by a causeway, Colaba was far from a fashionable locality.
Sanatoria and asylums, warehouses and store rooms, printing presses and cotton presses commanded the precincts of Lower, Middle and Upper Colaba.
A strong military presence in the locality meant that the options for an evening’s entertainment were limited to viewing H. M.’s 103rd Royal Bombay Fusiliers perform “The Artful Dodge” at the Colaba Theatre or attending a temperance meeting where the evil effects of the Canteen system were set forth.
**Lower Colaba, also called Small Colaba, was the area that comprised the Old Woman’s Island.