Monday, May 3, 2010

Mueang Khlung

While working through the Royal Gazette announcements of the beginning of the 20th century, I came across the probably shortest time a province existed. In 1906 the Monthon Chanthaburi was created, when France gave back control of this area back to Siam, however occupying the province Trat instead. This new Monthon was created out of three provinces, then named Mueang - Chanthaburi, Rayong and Khlung. The last one was newly created with the same announcement, consisting of the two districts
  • Khlung (ขลุง)
  • Thung Yai (ทุ่งใหญ่), which is now Khao Saming district.
In 1907 however, this Mueang was already dissolved again, in the announcement which contains the creation of Kabinburi province also includes the abolishing of Khlung province, with Khlung district reassigned to Chanthaburi province and Thung Yai to Trat province.

Now, the interesting thing is to compare this with the book "The Provincial Administration of Siam" by Tej Bunnag, still my prime source of the administrative system 1892-1915. In appendix II it has a list of all provinces in the various Monthon, yet for Chanthaburi it only lists Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat. The text on page 163 gives only few further facts on this Monthon.
In 1906 monthon Chanthaburi was created when France returned the province which she had occupied since 1893. In 1907, Trat, the south-easternmost province which the French had occupied since 1904, was joined to monthon Chanthaburi.
I wasn't yet able to find an announcement in the Royal Gazette on the integration of Mueang Trat into Monthon Chanthaburi, which must have taken place only shortly before the abolishing on Mueang Khlung.

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