The General Report on the Census of India for 1891 is a fascinating
account of India at the height of British power in South Asia. It
contains data on Indian geography, politics, population, occupations,
ethnography, language, race, caste, tribe, literacy, infirmities
and sex and age distribution. Data on individuals names is not available
as far as is known.
It is far from a simple dry collection of statistics and it includes
lots of anecdotal details which give a vivid picture of India in
the late 19th century. For instance on page 98 there is a description
of some of the occupations returned in the census, which include,
amongst others, " living happily".
The General Report on the 1891 census was written by Sir
Jervoise Athelstane Baines (1847-1925) and originally published
as the General report on the Census of India, 1891. London
: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1893.
The copy of this book which the OCR version was made from is in
The La Trobe Collection of
The State Library of Victoria. who have given permission for
the images of its pages to be reproduced on this site.