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Recorder's Court, Rangoon

Recorder's Court, Rangoon

Photographer: Jackson, J.

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1868

Shelfmark: Photo 355/1(161)

Item number: 3551161

Length: 11.8

Width: 18.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Recorder’s Court in Rangoon (Yangon), Burma (Myanmar), dating from about 1868, part of the Dunlop Smith Collection: Sir Charles Aitchison Album of Views in India and Burma. The photograph is unsigned, but is probably by J. Jackson. It is a view along Sule Pagoda Road, looking towards the Sule Pagoda in the distance with the Recorder's Court at right. The Recordership was established in 1863 for the trial of civil cases. The pagoda, an octagonal stupa, became the landmark of central Rangoon when the city was rebuilt in the mid-19th century on a grid system around the shrine. Many of Rangoon’s civic and governmental colonial buildings were erected during the following decades. This print also appears in volume II of H.R. Spearman's ‘The British Burma Gazetteer’ (2 vols., Rangoon, 1879-80), p.847, where the court is called the 'Superior Law Court'.

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