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Upper Burmah [i.e. Myanmar] Expeditionary Force, 1886-87

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3029B

Scope and Contents

A printed volume containing prints, 135 x 100 mm, mounted above descriptive text. The photographer and writer was Colonel Robert Blackall Graham. His introduction is dated 1 April 1887.

In November 1885 a British Force occupied Mandalay and imprisoned King Thebaw. This was followed on 1 January 1886 by the annexation of Upper Burma, but guerilla activity continued for more that a further year and there were various subsequent expeditions.

Despite the title of this volume, there are no scenes of combat and only a few showing military units. For the most part the photographs show landscapes, architecture, ethnic groups, etc.


  • Creation: 1886 - 1887


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Biographical / Historical

Colonel Robert Blackall Graham (born 1838) served as a cavalry officer in Burma around 1886-87.


1 volume(s) (59 images in 1 volume)

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Generally good condition, apart from slight fading and buckling of the pages of the volume caused by the photographs being stuck in.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased in April 1954.

Related Materials

For details of other similar expeditions see Y3029A.


The full citation for this volume is: Graham, Robert Blackall (1887), 'Photographic illustrations', Birmingham: A. Pumphrey. For the background to this period see: Crosthwaite, Charles Haukes Todd (1912), 'The pacification of Burma', London: E. Arnold.


This collection level description was entered by SG using information from the original typescript catalogue.


Graham, Robert Blackall, b 1838, Colonel

Includes index.
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