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José Jerónimo Rodrigues

Birthdate: (75)
Birthplace: Maharashtra, India
Death: November 17, 1900 (75)
Immediate Family:

Husband of <private>
Father of <private> Rodrigues; MONICA FRANCISCA D'silva and ROSE ABREO
Brother of Reverend Fr Joao Francisco Rodrigues and ANTONIO JOSEPH RODRIGUES

Occupation: Medical Dispenser
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Extract from the Bombay East Indian, dated 23rd November 1990

       The late Mr. Jose Jeronimo Rodrigues who departed this life at his residence at Palli (Pali), on the seventeenth instant at the ripe age of 75 years has left behind him memories of which Bandora (Bandra) should be proud. It was through his instrumentality that the Palli (Pali) Road and Hill are studded with villas today as compared of a blank of a few years back when the Palli (Pali) Danda road was not in existence. The work was carried by him in a most unostentatious and unselfish manner, which is well deserving of attention by the members of our community.
   Mr. Rodrigues was born on the 30th September 1825 in the village of Parwar, situated between Pali and Chuim, which does not now exist, but it then formed a flourishing village of Bandora (Bandra).On 1st June 1845, he started life as an apprentice in the Government Dispensary which was then located in the Fort. He worked there till the beginning of 1846 when he joined as a clerk in the Commissary General’s Office which he left in January 1848 to join the firm of Messrs. Treacher & Co., as a medical dispenser. Being desirous of serving in the clerical line, he joined the Office of the General Prize Committee which was under the control of the Town Major, now District Staff Office. When both these officers were abolished he was transferred to that of the Military Auditor General, now Pay Examiner’s Office, Poona (Pune) in 1866. In this office was transferred to the latter station, where he served till September 1878 when he retired on a pension of Rs.75-12-8 per mensem though he was in receipt of a small salary, his work was of great responsibility as the Auditor of Prize and Pension branches under immediate supervision of Military officers. In one of the many testimonials granted to him by his superiors it is stated that “he was of exemplary conduct generally” and it may well be added that all his life was one of exemplary regularity and rectitude.
   On his return Poona (Pune) he was appointed an Auditor of the Bandora Municipality by Mr. E. J. Ebten, Assistant Collector and President of the Municipal Board. In 1879 he was appointed one of the Commissioners of the Municipality, which post he held up to 1885, when he resigned on account of ill health. In 1876 as one of the petitioners for the construction of the Palli (Pali)-Danda Road from St. Peter’s Church to Danda Village and for branch roads such as the Palli (Pali) - Malla Road and the Palli (Pali) – Khar Road, Mr.Rodrigues was the pioneer and prime mover. At his own expense he got prepared two copies of a map of the whole of Bandora (Bandra) showing the position of the existing old road as well as the lines of the one proposed, a copy of which was sent to the Government with the first memorial sign by the villagers of Palli (Pali), Chuim, Danda, and other Bandorites, backed up by the priests, medical men, and other influential persons. Between 1876 and 1879 he prepared two memorials, one two His Excellency Sir Phillip Wodehouse and the other two his Excellency Sir Richard Temple, his successor and had much other correspondence with various officials which gave and impetus to the sanction being obtained for the consumption of the Palli (Pali) – Danda Road, which is today know as one the best roads Bandora can boast of. The expenses of printing, other correspondence and other incidental matters were defrayed by him. He also made over nearly half an acre of hilly land and several trees free of charge for the construction of the road and there were some others also who made such concessions but on a smaller scale.
   In September 1878 when he returned from Poona (Pune), the construction of the road was taken up by the Government. Mr. Rodrigues at the special request of Mr. Ebden assisted the Engineer and the Talati in measuring plots and assessing compensations to such as would not recognize the benefits they would derive from the construction of the road and were not willing to give up their lands free of charge. He also assisted the contractor in getting removed the bushes and other trees, on the hill side, it being a real jungle then and difficult to penetrate. In the absence of the Palli (Pali)-Danda Road, in cases of illness, sick persons would either linger or die for medical aid as the want of the road prevented the use of conveyances throughout the year. It was consequently impossible in most cases to give that6 prompt assistance which is essentially needed for the sick and the administration of the rites of the Church to the dying. Moreover the relatives living at different places found it impossible to attend funerals, weddings, etc., conveniently, and during the monsoons, it was a real misery for the people as they had to wade their way through muddy water, as there existed only a foot-path through the fields on which it was difficult for even two persons to walk together with convenience. Comparing he state of things today with what they were before, what blessings of convenience the people have; they can with comfort attend the Church services, go conveniently to the Railway station and other places, while those who are better blest make use of conveyances daily. The Bandorites, especially the people of the villages near Palli (Pali) have cause to be grateful and remember in their prayers the old gentleman for the exertious he made for their welfare.
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José Jerónimo Rodrigues's Timeline

September 30, 1825
Maharashtra, India
June 1, 1845
- 1846
Age 19
Mumbai (Fort), Maharashtra, India
- January 1948
Age 20
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
- 1885
Age 53
Bombay Municipality
November 17, 1900
Age 75
January 1948
Age 75
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India