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No. 105. Rangoon. View of the Cantonment.

No. 105. Rangoon. View of the Cantonment.

Photographer: Tripe, Linnaeus

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1855

Shelfmark: Photo 61/1(105)

Item number: 611105

Genre: Photograph

Photograph by Linnaeus Tripe, from a portfolio of 120 prints. This Panoramic view is composed of two joined prints, looking south-east from the Shwe Dagon Pagoda over the cantonment area of Rangoon (Yangon) in Burma (Myanmar) towards the Signal Pagoda in the distance. The accompanying letterpress continues, 'From the upper platform of the great Pagoda, looking S. and S.E. Pussendown [Pazundaung] Creek is in the left distance; the new barracks of H.M. 84th Regiment in the centre, the Signal Pagoda a little beyond it; the road from the Pagoda to the town on the right, part of the roof of the S. stairs of the Pagoda being in continuation'. The Rangoon Cantonment occupied an area of over two miles and operated entirely outside the purview of the civil authorities who ran the town. Included within its limits was Rangoon's revered Shwe Dagon Pagoda whose precincts had from the beginning been utilised by the British for military purposes. The stupa's platform was completely demilitarised only in the 1920s.

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