‘View of Merchant Street’ (Jackson c.1868)
‘In this business area only brick buildings with tiled roofs might be erected; but a period of two, or in the case of sites farthest from the River three, years was allowed before the permanent roofing needed to be erected, owing, no doubt, to the difficulty of obtaining tiles locally; and during this period temporary roofs of whitewashed mats or of other material covered with mud might be used: failure to use such material would involve the compulsory unroofing of the building, while failure to complete a pukka roof in the prescribed time would involve double municipal taxation, while if failure persisted longer than two or three years confiscation would ensue.’
(Pearn, 1939, p.194)
Jackson, J.. View of Merchant Street, Rangoon 3551159. c. 1868. The British Library, London. http://explore.bl.uk/BLVU1:LSCOP-WEBSITE:MBogi62106.
Pearn, Bertie Reginald. History of Rangoon. (Rangoon: American Baptist Mission Press, 1939)