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General exterior view of St John's College, Rangoon

General exterior view of St John's College, Rangoon

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1870

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/46(4688)

Item number: 4688

Length: 18.6

Width: 20.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the exterior of St John's College at Rangoon in Myanmar from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: India Office Series (Volume 46), taken by an unknown photographer in c. 1870. The college was founded in 1864 by the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel with the Reverend J.E. Marks in charge and the school occupied its present site from 1869. A later Headmaster, from 1879-81, James George Scott (later Sir George), was said to have introduced the game of soccer to the country. Scott, an adventurer who was also known as 'Scott of the Shan Hills', wrote 'The Burman' under the pseudonym 'Shway Yoe' in which he described the peoples and customs of Burma. Mission schools were important, particularly for the education of girls and women, for those who were often excluded from local education systems and for technical education.

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