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No. 103. Rangoon. The Church.

No. 103. Rangoon. The Church.

Photographer: Tripe, Linnaeus

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1855

Shelfmark: Photo 61/1(103)

Item number: 611103

Genre: Photograph

Photograph by Linnaeus Tripe, from a portfolio of 120 prints, showing a kyaung (monastery), used as an Anglican Church at Rangoon (Yangon) in Burma (Myanmar). In 1855 a British mission was sent to King Mindon Min of Burma to negotiate a settlement regarding Pegu, annexed by the British after the Second Anglo-Burmese War in 1852. Linnaeus Tripe was the official photographer on this mission and his architectural and topographical views of the country form an important record. The construction of modern Rangoon was the work of years. After the taking of the town in 1852 the British distributed themselves among the larger buildings which were generally kyaungs. Much of the town had been destroyed but it now became the administrative centre of southern Burma which was under British control. The new rulers designed a new city on completely new lines. Pending construction, Rangoon was not a salubrious place to live in, the only substantial structures being kyaungs. Services for the Anglican Church were for a time held in a kyaung situated on the east side of Voyle Road as seen in the image. In 1855, the Bishop of Calcutta laid the foundation stone of a Church of St. Andrew which was never built. A Town Church Committee was appointed and finally in 1865 the Holy Trinity Church designed by Captain J. M. Williams was completed at a different site.

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