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The village of Toungine in the Salween, Moulmein.

The village of Toungine in the Salween, Moulmein.

Photographer: Bourne and Shepherd

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1870

Shelfmark: Photo 94/2(76)

Item number: 76

Length: 22.7

Width: 28.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of scenery at a village on the Salween (Thanlwin) river near Moulmein (Mawlamyaing). Moulmein, the capital of the Mon State, lies on the coast of south-east Burma at the river’s mouth and the confluence of four smaller rivers where they meet the Gulf of Martaban (Mottama). During the 19th century it developed as a colonial town and seaport, having been the administrative capital of British Burma between 1827 and 1852. The town and the villages around it are set in beautiful natural scenery of tropical vegetation, low ranges of hills and limestone outcrops rising from the surrounding plains. The village shows the vernacular architecture of rural Burma, the houses set on stilts with walls of bamboo matting and roofs of thatch.

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