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The spectacular expansion of industry in Bangalore after the 1940s has somewhat obscured its early experience of industrialisation.

Bangalore entered the 20th century with little to show by the way of industrialisation compared with older industrial centres such as Mumbai, Kanpur or Ahmedabad. 
 
Two cotton mills were the prominent feature of this somewhat barren landscape. 

The Bangalore Woollen, Cotton and Silk Mills came under the management of Binny and Co., in 1886, and was in fact a continuation of the efforts of Mr. Standish Lee begun in the seventies in the Cantonment area. 
 
The Maharaja of Mysore Spinning and Manufacturing began production in 1833. Both of these units had sought the help of the government of Mysore after the hardship they had faced in the first few years of their existence, and the government played a very large role in their recovery. 

Together these industries employed no more than 1200 or 1300 workers, more than half of whom were women and children. 
 
Bangalore also had a continuing tradition of silk weaving, and the clack of silk looms still resounded in the narrow lanes of the old pete area. 
 
However, the two composite cotton mills continued to dominate the scene till the entrance of a third, Minerva Mill, located in Bangalore in preference to Madras and managed by N D Sirur, managing agents of the Maharaja Mills.
 
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