posted Apr 4, 2019, 9:48 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Apr 4, 2019, 9:48 AM ]

Olga Valladares, RIP

The Examiner mourns the passing away of one of its stalwart members who was on the Board of Trustees, and later, its Editorial Board. Olga Valladares contributed several articles on the local history of Bombay and on the Goan Catholic community. Her writings focused on the culture and typical customs of the community.

Olga Valladares, who pioneered the writing of local history in Mumbai city through her column in the Evening News of India, which was part of The Times Group, during the late seventies and early eighties, died on March 18 in Melbourne, Australia.

A native of Mumbai, Olga wrote her column called 'Mumbai, The Way It Was', in a simple and direct manner, explaining the social and architectural history of Mumbai from the sixteenth century Portuguese era, and connecting with institutions and structures still present in the city. She did her research for her columns at the Heras Institute of Research at St Xavier's College and the Asiatic Society Library in South Mumbai, and also presented academic papers on city history at national and international seminars dealing with city and regional history.

She was born in Mumbai (Bombay), India, on January 15, 1931, to Joanna and Francis Xavier Baptista. Her paternal family hailed from Vasai, while her maternal family was from Bandra. She was brought up in Cavel, where her father had built a home.