[Oilfields, probably at Yenangyaung, Burma.]
Photographer: Klier, Philip Adolphe (c.1845-1911)
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of an oilfield in Burma, probably taken by Philip Adolphe Klier in the 1890s. This is a view looking towards the oilfield studded with wells on a hillside, probably at Yenangyaung in Magwe, central Burma. In the late 19th century, petroleum was the most valuable mineral product in Burma and produced paraffin wax, illuminating oil and petrol for export. Other important oilfields were at Minbu and Yenankyat. Rights to extract petroleum from the Yenangyaung oilfields were owned by local families. Following the annexation of Upper Burma by the British Empire, the oil was sold by the families to the Burma Oil Company, both parties paying a royalty to the government.