Muruvanda Bopaiah Subbaiah
MURUVANDA BOPAIAH SUBBIAH
One of the early an Eminent kodava Range Forest officer
Muruvanda Girish Achaya, Grandson Sourced from family and children of M.B. Subbiah
9th November, 1899
15TH June, 1978
Achamma ( Thamane – Ballachanda)
Nanjamma / Gubbi ( Thamane – Biddanda)
Studied : Madras Forestry College, Coimbatore ( Under Madras Presidency) which was established in 1912,( Currently The Tamil Nadu Forest Academy, Coimbatore) was established in the museum grounds to train foresters, During 1942-47, the museum was closed and the buildings used as shelters for World War 2 evacuees from Malta and Burmah.His principal was Mr F.L.C Cowley Brown, I.F.S who was the first principal of the Madras Forest College, This was the second Forest Rangers college in India , after Dehradun.
Mr M.B. Subbiah was awarded the Lord Pentland Shield by The 1st Baron Willingdon , Governor of Madras ( 10th april 1919 -12th april 1924) for his all-round performance in sports in 1920,
Mr Cowley Brown said here is a young man from Coorg, who was married to a Tiger at the age of 16 , when he was awarded the shield in Forest College.During his service he has shot 7 tigers, 1 Black Panther and many Bisons, Elephants, Crocodile, Bear, Python. He was the favorite of most British officers as he was good at Shikar.Major Waters son was saved by Subbiah, who shot a Bison charging at him.
He has served in Narasimaharajapura ( Chikmagalur) , Hiriyuru, Kolar, Huliyurdurga, Kadur, Channapatna his last posting was Mysore Sandalwood Factory he retired in 1954.
Picture of the Tiger, which was shot by Mr. M.B. Subbiah is in 1936 in Narasimharajapura, As it was a menace to the villagers.
Mr M.B. Subbiah was awarded the Lord Pentland Shield by The 1st Baron Willingdon Governor of Madras (april 1919 -12th april 1924) for his all-round performance in sports in 1920,