Burma / Malaysia
A collection of over 55 illustrations of 19th century Burma. Mostly from the period between the Second Anglo-Burmese War (1852-1853) and the Third Anglo-Burmese War (1885-1890). They are sourced from mostly obscure European periodicals including French (Le Monde Illustre, L’Illustration Journal Universel), English (London Illustrated News, The Graphic, The Navy and Army Illustrated), German (Uber land und Meer, Das Buch fur Alle, Illustirte Chronif der Zeit, Allgemeine Familien-Zeitung, Illustrirte Welt) and Italian (Giornale per Tutti, L’Universo Illustrato, L’Illustrazione Popolare, L’Illustrazione Universale, L’Illustrazione Italiana), as well as others. A nice collection for anyone studying 19th century Burma from the eyes of four major European powers.
A collection of 13 photos from British military police officer based in Singapore in 1953. Military parades, medal of merit to the units interpreter named Rahim. Presentation before Major-General O'Carroll Scott. Photo of ship 'Marudu' which toured North Borneo from June-July, 1953.
Note: Major General Anthony Gerald O'Carroll Scott (1899-1980) was with the Royal Artillery and from 1951-1954 was the District Officer Commanding Singapore Base District
Collection of period illustrations from European periodicals on the Daphla Expedition of 1874. Daphla (or Dafla or Duffla) Hills is a tract of hilly country on the border of Eastern Bengal and Assam which is occupied by an independent tribe called the Daphla. It lies to the north of the Tezpur and North Lakhimpur subdivisions, and is bounded on the west by the Aka Hills and on the east by the Abor range. Colonel Dalton, in The Ethnology of Bengal considers the Daphlas to be closely allied to the hill Miris, and they are akin to and intermarry with the Abors. They have a reputation of cowardice, and as politically they are disunited, they are at the mercy of the Akas, their less numerous but more warlike neighbours to the west. Their clothing is scanty, and its most distinguishing feature is a cane cap with a fringe of bearskin or feathers, which gives them a very curious appearance. The men wear their hair in a plait, which is coiled into a ball on the forehead, to which they fasten their caps with a long skewer.
In 1872 a party of independent Daphlas suddenly attacked a colony of their own tribesmen, who had settled at Amtola in British territory, and carried away 44 captives to the hills. This led to the Daphla Expedition of 1874, when a force of lobo troops released the prisoners and reduced the tribe to submission. According to the census of 1901, the Daphlas in British territory numbered 954, the tribal country not being enumerated.