Michael Roberts

From Ceylon to Australia: Migrant Journeys, 1860s-to-2010s – By Michael Roberts Source : thuppahis Earl Forbes, whose chosen title in The Ceylankan is “Ceylon/Sri Lanka to Australia: Arrivals and Survival” Ceylonese/Sri Lankans have entered Australia for a variety of reasons during the past one and a half centuries.  The far greater number of these arrivals occurred in the second half of the twentieth century and first two decades of the 21st century.  Early arrivals go as far back as the last two decades of the nineteenth century. Early Arrivals Before Australian Federation on 01 January 1901, there is evidence of arrivals from Ceylon, mainly to Queensland and a very small number to Victoria and Western Australia.  In 1882, a sizable number of Ceylonese arrived in Queensland as indentured labour. With the expansion of sugar cane planting in Queensland at that time, there was an ever-present need for labour to work the plantations. In November 1882 ...

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In Appreciation of Anoma C. Abeyewardene, 1951-2022 – By Michael Roberts Source : thuppahis Give sorrow words: the grief that does not speak    knits up the o’er wrought heart and bids it break -Macbeth  As we grow older and realize more clearly the limitations of human happiness, we come to see that the only real and abiding pleasure in life is to give pleasure to other people. – P G Wodehouse How do we form our friendships? Is it a matter of chance? Does it depend on who sat next to you in class? Or does it spring out of an act of kindness? Or a crisis shared? In modern times friendships and connections are much publicized matters, but in our youth friendships happened quietly. You went to school, you met others your age, you played, you talked, you enjoyed fun times, you became friends…. I try to cast my mind ...

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Roads and Bridges in Ancient Sri Lanka-by Michael Roberts Source:Thuppahis Introduction by Gp Capt Kumar Kirinde [retd], SLAF … & crafted by Chamara Sumanapala, …. & presented in The Nation Sunday Print Edition, date not specified Below is an article on roads and bridges in ancient Sri Lanka (Anuradhapura era). The article also talks about the major roads linking Anuradhapura with the ports of Dambakola Patuna (in Jaffna Peninsula), Mahatitta (near Mannar) and Gokanna (Trincomalee) and the road linking Anuradhapura with Magama (present day Tissamaharama) in Ruhuna. Stone Bridge close to Mahakanadarawa Reservoir (Mihintale) The most important feature of the ancient Sri Lankan economy was its village level self-sufficiency. The basic needs of the people were satisfied within the village community. Traveling between villages usually took place by foot as people did not usually travel long distances. Therefore, there was no need for big roads linking villages. ...

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Marvels of Sigiriya Rock Fortress in Sri Lanka-by Michael Roberts Source:Thuppahis Lois L. Kersey, a “History Enthusiast” … whose choice of title ran thus: “Sigiriya: Views ofa Foreign History Enthusiast” …. see  https://www.quora.com/ (Post by Lois L. Kersey Source:Thuppahis You are looking at one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world called Sigiriya which is believed to be one of the palaces of Ravana. This amazing place located in Sri Lanka is like nothing in the world, that is why it is also called the 8th wonder of the world. Now you must be thinking that what is so special about this site. It’s actually a huge monolithic rock, about 660 feet tall, and you can see it has a flat top, as if someone cut it with a giant knife. At the top are incredible ruins that are extremely mysterious. As you can see there are a lot of strange brick ...

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Anglican Archbishop Kanishka Raffel-by Michael Roberts Source:Thuppahis Jordan Baker in Sydney Morning Herald, 5 August 2022, where the title runs thus: —“Charming and unapologetic: Sydney’s Anglican archbishop isn’t afraid to be out of step with the times” Kanishka Raffel’s election as Archbishop of Sydney broke the mould. His predecessors are all of European descent; his heritage is Sri Lankan. Many of those who went before him were sons of Sydney’s Anglican dynasties, and attended its sandstone schools; he moved to Australia as a boy and went to Carlingford High. Anglican Archbishop Kanishka Raffel was born a Buddhist. CREDIT:LOUIE DOUVIS But the most unusual thing about Raffel, in the annals of Christian archbishops, is that for the first 21 years of his life he was a Buddhist. He meditated, chanted Buddhist prayers, and went to the temple. He watched his mother – a doctor, who was widowed young – perform acts of charity to accrue merit for her late husband. But ...

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Australian Women best Indians to win Commonwealth Cup-by Michael Roberts Source:Thuppahis Valkerie Banes in ESPNCricinfo, 9 August 2022, where the title reads  “The new ‘Invincibles’ add more glory to their extraordinary era” https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/aus-vs-ind-cwg-2022-australias-new-invincibles-add-more-glory-to-their-extraordinary-era-1328262 It might just be official, Australia are invincible. Even when they seemed cursed, the all-conquering Australian Women’s cricket team added the first Commonwealth Games gold medal for their sport to the T20I and ODI World Cups already in their collection with a pulsating nine-run win against India at Edgbaston on Sunday. ss Jonassen haJes a foot-tap with Tahlia McGrath, who was cleared to play despite testing positive, after a catch to dismiss Shafali Verma•Getty Images In an inauspicious start for title favourites Australia, allrounder Tahlia McGrath woke with mild symptoms of Covid-19 and subsequently tested positive. After negotiations between Commonwealth Games Australia, Cricket Australia, the Commonwealth Games Federation and the ICC, McGrath was allowed to play under the Games’ policy of treating such matters on ...

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Asylum Seeker Boats: Australia Aids SL Navy’s ‘Arrests’-by Michael Roberts Source:Thuppahis Ben Packham in The Australian, Monday  8 August 2022, where the title reads “Secret Sri Lankan Fuel Deal keeps Patrol Boats on Water” .. . with highlighting emphasia being the work of The Editor, Thuppahi Sri Lankan patrol boats are back on the water deterring would-be people smuggling voyages following a secret deal with Australia to supply the country’s navy with tens of millions of dollars worth of fuel. The Republic of Sri Lanka Navy Ship “Oshadi” The South Asian island nation’s ability to conduct maritime patrols had been constrained for months, amid dire fuel shortages caused by the country’s crippling economic crisis. ...

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Quaint By-Ways and Nature’s Ways in Colombo in the 1940s-by Michael Roberts Source:Thuppahis Hugh Karunanayake, courtesy of THE CEYLANKAN, vol XXI/1, January 2018 where the title is “A Naturalist’s Paradise–Colombo in the 1940s” Padda boats along the Negombo Canal Growing up in mid twentieth century Colombo was a fascinating experience to any young person.  That was the era when urban growth was taking place  at a pace that afforded local fauna to thrive at will without any restrictions.  Colombo South  with its tree lined avenues  and  homes with spacious gardens  provided sanctuary to a wide range of fauna ranging from avi fauna to reptiles. As a five year old  just admitted to Royal Preparatory School  I was mesmerised  by the “golden beetles” that lived in the Andara trees that stood on the perimeter of the school grounds on Racecourse Avenue. Many of us five year olds fascinated by the shiny green gold sheen of the ...

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Channa Wickremesekera’s Books on Sri Lanka’s Past …. & Beyond-by Michael Roberts Source:Thuppahis Channa Wickremesekera’s Publications Channa Wickremesekera is the son of the late Percy Wickremesekera, an acquaintance of mine from Peradeniya Campus days and a ‘Trot’ activist who migrated to Australia. Channa lives in Melbourne. I got to know him when I was working on my book on Sinhala Consciousness in the Kandyan Period¸1590’s-1815 (which came out in 2003 …………………… https://www.amazon.com/Sinhala-Consciousness-Kandyan-Period-1590s/dp/9558095311).   Books: On Sri Lankan Conflicts & Politics A Tough Apprenticeship: Sri Lanka’s Military Against the Tamil Militants 1979-1987, Self-published, 2017 The Tamil Separatist War¸ New York: Routledge, 2016 ...

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Channa Wickremesekera’s Books on Sri Lanka’s Past …. & Beyond-by Michael Roberts Source:Thuppahis Channa Wickremesekera’s Publications Channa Wickremesekera is the son of the late Percy Wickremesekera, an acquaintance of mine from Peradeniya Campus days and a ‘Trot’ activist who migrated to Australia. Channa lives in Melbourne. I got to know him when I was working on my book on Sinhala Consciousness in the Kandyan Period¸1590’s-1815 (which came out in 2003 …………………… https://www.amazon.com/Sinhala-Consciousness-Kandyan-Period-1590s/dp/9558095311).     Books: On Sri Lankan Conflicts & Politics A Tough Apprenticeship: Sri Lanka’s Military Against the Tamil Militants 1979-1987, Self-published, 2017 The Tamil Separatist War¸ New York: Routledge, 2016 Kandy at War: Indigenous Military Resistance to European Expansion in Sri Lanka 1594–1818, New Delhi: Manohar, 2004 Best Black Troops in the World: British Perceptions and the Making of the Sepoy 1746–1805, New Delhi: Manohar, 2002 Fiction Tracks, Self-published, 2015 Asylum, Self-published, 2014; Palaver Books, 2015. In the Same Boat, Self-published 2010. Distant Warriors, Perera-Hussein, Colombo, 2005. ...

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