The Newsletter 63 Spring 2013

The construction of the Yunnan railway: as seen by a French engineer (1904-1907)

Vatthana Pholsena

This article has its origins in a collection of photographs and letters donated to the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore by Elisabeth Locard; they had once belonged to her great-great uncle, Albert Marie, a French engineer who was sent to work on the Yunnan railway in Yunnan Province, China, between 1904 and 1907. In total, the collection includes 138 photos and 159 letters that Marie produced during his three-year assignment in south-western China.

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