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New age poetess: Shiroma Perera-Nathan – Story: Marie Pietersz (The Write Touch), Melbourne (Pictures: Shiroma P-N)

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You could call Shiroma Perera-Nathan a new age poet who doesnt fit the stereotype mold of a bard. Her twin makeup is typical of her two-dimensional star sign of Gemini; on the one hand a strong businesswoman and on the other, a soft and dreamy storyteller who weaves a magic from word through her profound love of beauty, nature and muse Vivien Leigh. With two books of verse published, she joins the collective of Sri Lankan Australian authors in Victoria, and is already planning her third release. Shiroma gives us a glimpse into her world of poetry inspired by her silver screen idol and growing up in Sri Lanka.

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The ‘Prince’ of Cricket – Errol Fernando

Story: Marie Pietersz (The Write Touch), Melbourne

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The cricket season is over, a pandemic has set in, the lifting of lockdown restrictions seem so far away, but Errol is nostalgic and hopeful that he will once again be able to walk the crease, wield his bat, bowl his overs, and better his personal best in the summer of 2020.

At 69, Errol Fernando is proving that age is just a number, with a record five decades of playing cricket both in Sri Lanka and Australia under his belt. He has played on while some of his peers and contemporaries have thrown in the bat a long time ago.  And he believes there is a lot of runs left in him yet.

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INDRA RAJ AND SWISS BAND ‘MOVE IT’ TAKES MELBOURNE BY STORM – Story and pictures by Marie Pietersz (The Write Touch)

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Former Jetliners lead guitarist, Indra Raj, blazed into Melbourne recently and gave Melbourne’s Sri Lankan dance community a brand of music they appeared to have been secretly craving for; so much so that instead of dancing, these regular dance-goers were glued to the stage watching the professional musicians, totally mesmerised by the music and the quality of the sound of the Shadows instrumentals being belted out.

Event organiser Bertie Ekenaike was responsible for bringing Indra Raj and his band, Move It, all the way from Switzerland to Melbourne for this once-off event, and the band’s delivery on the night lived up to local expectations and more.

In fact, Bruce Welsh, founder member of the Shadows, once referred to Indra Raj as the Indian Hank Marvin, on his BBC interview about his Shadowmania show.

The Springvale City Hall, recently renovated, took on a smarter new look, all glammed up, complete with a bells-and-whistles sound system, which worked like a treat, complementing the band’s professional equipment, sound and musical skills. All in all, it made a perfect combination, taking this dinner dance up a notch or two and one which could be dubbed one of the (if not the) best Sri Lankan dances of the year.

Supporting band, No Limits, performed their high standard of feet-tapping popular music, setting the tempo and getting the crowd in the mood and ready for the sounds of Move It.

Showband Move It comprised Indra Raj on lead guitar, Roland Heimsch rhythm guitar, Daniel Gerl bass guitar, Cyrill Kuhn drums, Shakila Ganegama and Ravi Gowinnage on keyboards, with back-up singers Isa Wallin and Anastasia Panagiotou, Pete Roth (the voice of Elvis), Dave Roberts singing the hits of Cliff Richard and Paul Anka and guest star Loretta Koch (the voice of the Jetliners),

Pete Roth (Switzerland) was a refreshing Elvis tribute singer minus jumpsuit and jewels; just his good looks and velvet voice was an instant hit and had all the females wanting more of him and his versions of the King’s music; they just couldn’t get enough.

Dave Roberts (England) did justice to the music of the famous heart-throb singers of the 60s and 70s with his renditions of the music of that era, and was immensely popular with his engagement of the audience.

The back-up singers (Switzerland) were brilliant in their renditions of Didn’t We Almost Have It All, a Whitney Houston hit sung by Isa and Think a hit by Aretha Franklin with the Blues Brothers sung by Anastasia.

And then there was special guest, Loretta Koch (Spain), the former Jetliners sweetheart, whose numbers brought back nostalgic memories of Sundays with the Jetliners at the Coconut Grove in Colombo.

As if all that was not enough, the audience was further entertained to a mini-Jetliners session which included two more former Jetliners Felix Fernando (Melbourne) and Anton Gunawijeya (England).

The line-up of artists and entertainment for the night left the audience awed.

Noeline Honter (Sri Lankan announcer) was MC for the night.

Desmond Foulstone of Silverline Catering once again showed he is maestro of the kitchen with his delectable four-course a la carte menu befitting of this once-off event.

The band’s interaction with the audience increased their excitement with exclamations and injections and their singing along with the musicians all night on a crowded floor.

Buoyed by the popularity of the showband, organiser Bertie in his speech promised to do it all bigger and better next year. So, if you missed out on this first, keep your diary free when the dates are announced for the next show this year.

“I have bigger ideas for our next visit to Australia”, says Indra, with the experience of his first show of its kind in Australia under his belt. And I am sure word has got around and Melbourne is ready for another serve of this amazing showband, and perhaps the rest of Australia might be too. Bring it on, I say!

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SOCIETY WEDDING OF THE YEAR (Story by: Marie Pietersz (The Write Touch, Melbourne) Pictures: courtesy of Savish Corporation)

Story by: Marie Pietersz (The Write Touch, Melbourne)
Pictures: courtesy of Savish Corporation

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The fairytale wedding took place recently of Savindhi Perera-Jainudeen and Mudit Jain, bringing two cultures, religions and young individuals with heritages from the island nation of Sri Lanka and the sub-continent of India, on either side of the Bay of Bengal in the Indian Ocean, together in fluid harmony.

A Buddhist ceremony conducted by Ranga Ratnatunga and grand wedding reception held in the heart of Melbourne at the Grand Ballroom of the Grand Hyatt in Melbourne, marked a week-long list of ceremonies and celebrations which included Buddhist and Hindu religious ceremonies, Sangeet and Mendhi ceremonies, Haldi , wedding registration and reception, and Indian Hindu ceremony and celebration. The Sangeet and  Mehendhi ceremonies were held at the Lincoln of Toorak and the Hindu ceremony and celebration dinner was held at the Plush Park Hyatt hotel in rthe citof Melbourne.

The bride is the older daughter of Dilkie Perera and Hilmey Jainudeen of Balwyn, Victoria. Dilkie is a prominent and active member of the Sri Lankan community, the current national President of the Aus-Sri Lanka Business Council and the Vice President of the South Asian Public Affairs Council. And  active member of the Sri Lankan and South Asian communities.

Sav is a high-profile young leader of the Sri Lankan community who is Director, together with her founder member mother Dilkie, and sister, Vishni, of the Miss Sri Lanka Australia and Miss South-Asia Australia pageants. Sav holds many professional positions, as an Economist working in the public sector and in other cultural business positions of President of the Committee for Sri Lanka and a board member in the South Asian Advisory committee to the State Multicultural Minister

The bridegroom is a Chartered Accountant , an investment banker and a VP at the Macquarie Bank.

A packed ballroom of 350 guests including overseas visitors and Members of Parliament , present and past Ministers, Consul Generals and other VIPs witnessed a well-orchestrated event made up of cultural entertainment and official matrimonial ceremonial duties throughout the evening.  

The bride and bridegroom were given away by their parents and were attended by eight bridesmaids, eight groomsmen, four pageboys and three flowergirls. An ensemble of 2 drummers and 4 traditional Kandyian dancers heralded in the bride and bridegroom in their walk to the Poruwa designed by the bride’s mother with many strands of fresh Jasmine flowers. 

The bride’s many changes of outfits were by prominent Sri Lankan designers and from her own collection, Savish Bridal Designs.

A combination of western, Bollywood and baila music for dancing was provided by band Mystery and DJ Warren during the reception while a flutist provided pre-reception well-known compositions.

The menu included a four-course meal of delectable western, Indian and Sri Lankan fusion cuisine.

The entertainment included choreographed Sri Lankan Kandian, western and Bollywood dancing by the bride and bridesmaids, bridegroom and groomsmen, and the bridal couple’s first dance as Mr and Mrs Jain .

A number of very professional young MCs kept the event flowing smoothly, not forgetting the eloquent and entertainment speeches made by the couple and representatives of their respective families and close friends. 

The bridal couple honeymooned in Europe.

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DAISY – TEN DECADES YOUNG!: Story: Marie Pietersz | Photos: courtesy family

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Daisy Balfour (nee Sims) celebrated her 100th birthday with an intimate private party organised by her family at Mercy Place Residential Aged Care, Springvale, on the 29th August.

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It’s not often we get to hear good news stories these days given the fast and furious lifestyle we live in, but not so in the case of Daisy Balfour who lived through two very different centuries – the 20th and 21st – taking them calmly in her stride, and perhaps will have a lesson or two to share with the younger members of her family growing up in the current climate.

One of three siblings, Daisy was born in Badulla, in post-colonial British Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) to parents Charles and Muriel Sims on the 29th of August 1919.

Life in Ceylon was very different at the turn of the 20th century following transition of Ceylon from British administration, and Daisy grew up in an environment with social protocols very unlike those of today.

Daisy spent her youth on the tea estates in Ceylon’s high country and was educated at Girls High School, Badulla. She lived a simple and uncomplicated life. She was not required to contribute to the family’s coffers and therefore did not need to go to work. This was common among young Burgher (of Dutch and European heritage) ladies in Ceylonese families from the middle to upper social class status and what they were accustomed to in the climate of those times.

At age 22, she married Willie Balfour (late), a Captain who served in the British Army in Sri Lanka and abroad. The wedding was held at the Methodist Church, Badulla on the 6th of September 1941. She was attended by her sister, Barry, as bridesmaid, and Willie’s brother as groomsman.

As a young bride, Daisy continued her married life on the tea estates where her husband was later employed. There, her family grew and she became mother to five children, Tyrone (Rev.), Andrew, Catherine, Derrick and Gillian. The boys were boarded at Kingswood College, Kandy, and the girls at Methodist College, Colombo.

After life on the tea plantations, Daisy and her husband moved to Colombo with their grown-up children where they lived until they migrated to Australia in 1970. She took Australian citizenship on the 20th of February 1976.

In Australia, Daisy lived with her family in Springvale for 45 years. She didn’t drive a car or go to work, loving instead to be a housewife, and proud of her children’s achievements. Her interests were her children and grandchildren, her garden and her vegetable patch. Reading was her hobby and as an avid reader has read hundreds of books. She also took an interest in sport and followed all sport very closely.

She kept home until the age of 96, cooking and entertaining the family and making her home the base where they all got together.

Daisy has never been in hospital until the last fall that finally put her into aged care. She moved into Mercy Place, Springvale, in 2015 where she is happy and well cared for.

She has 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Daisy cut two cakes, one made by family friend, Marie Pietersz, and the other gifted by Mercy Hospital staff.

An incredible milestone, but not as incredible as Daisy in everything she would have overcome on her long journey and in the many roles she played in her life: that of daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

‘Her faculties are still very sharp,’ says son Derrick, ‘She remembers everything. She was very happy that we organised a celebration to mark her special birthday. We are blessed to have had our mum for such a long time.’

There were many congratulatory letters for Daisy, among which was the one that all centurions wait for – from the Queen – and others from the following prominent list of VIPs:

HRH Queen Elizabeth II

His Excellency Governor General Hon David Hurley AC DSA (Retd) and Mrs Linda Hurley

Prime Minister, Hon Scott Morrison MP

Federal Opposition Leader, Hon Anthony Albanese MP

Governor or Victoria, Hon Linda Dessau AC

Premier of Victoria, Hon Daniel Andrews MP

Federal Member for Bruce, Julian Hill MP

Member for Keysborough, Martin Pakula MP

 

Happy special birthday Daisy. You are nothing short of amazing. You have overcome all the hurdles along the way! Congratulations from all of us! May you stay contented and happy as you continue your blessed journey, giving love and pleasure to your family and friends. God bless you!

 

 

 

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Victorian Seniors Week 2019 – just weeks away! – Story by Marie Pietersz

Once again, seniors in Victoria are privileged to have a week of the calendar dedicated to celebrating them and their status as seniors.

The Victorian Seniors Festival returns this October from 6 to 13 to celebrate more than a million Victorians aged 60+ who make such a valuable contribution to society.

So join the celebrations, when there will be more than 2500 free or low-cost events being run across the state from active living and aqua exercise, gym, golf, walking, dancing, galleries and exhibitions, festivals and concerts, seminars and workshops, and much more, all dedicated to seniors.

There will also be eight days of free transport for Victorian Seniors Card holders from Sunday 6 to Sunday 13 October and includes all metropolitan and V-Line services to help seniors get across Melbourne and beyond.

Passionate about active ageing and inspiring seniors, this year as one of the faces of the festival, I share my story in the Seniors Festival Program, which you can download on https://www.seniorsonline.vic.gov.au/festivalsandawards/festival-print-program or read here.

Entertaining seniors through dance on Celebration Day during Seniors Week has been an annual event for my dance class featured on the cover of the calendar of events at https://www.seniorsonline.vic.gov.au/festivalsandawards, where you can search for activities by date, type of event or activity, and location.

“There’s something for everybody, so just get into it and enjoy life. Be active, it’s fun, and it slows down ageing.” 

Dance lovers can enquire at Love2Dance on 0412 296 827.

https://www.seniorsonline.vic.gov.au/festivalsandawards/faces-of-the-festival/meet-marie

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‘Just because you’re older, doesn’t mean you stop learning.’ 

Marie’s love of education underpins all her community work. From teaching line dancing to seniors, to running English classes for migrants of all ages, Marie is committed to sharing knowledge and giving something back.

Marie grew up in Sri Lanka and was educated in the Cambridge English curriculum. Then, in 1972, she migrated with her husband to Australia. She reflects on what was a lengthy process.

‘It was the days of the White Australia policy. We had to prove our European ancestry, going back six generations.’

Arriving in Melbourne, Marie immediately ‘put the bags down, caught a train into the city and sat the public service exam.’ Her shorthand was a staggering one hundred and eighty words a minute and her typing one hundred and twenty. She was immediately offered a position as a court reporter.

‘My English was excellent. But it was the Australian expressions, or ‘speak’, I found difficult to understand. There were no migrants working with me at that time so there was no one I could ask. Marie spent over forty years in the public service.

As time passed she became a parent, then a grandparent, so life gradually expanded, beyond her public service role. Later she became an English tutor, and gained a Diploma in Journalism.

Recognising the vital importance of staying fit, Marie began dancing and was soon teaching dance to seniors.

‘I get tearful watching my senior students mastering new dances. I have one lady who is line dancing at ninety-two,’ Marie says, smiling.

She pioneered line dancing at the U3A and still teaches dancing at the Nunawading branch. Marie also tutors school children. She runs English classes for young migrants and advocates on their behalf. She has a part-time business in editing and is also training further in Latin and Ballroom medal dancing. And she is a board member of the Vermont South Learning Centre.

‘How we age and grow older is changing,’ Marie says.

‘Being active, both physically and mentally, is crucial. Age is just a number. It does not define who we are.’

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Darlings! Tiffany’s was the place to be! – Story: Marie Pietersz (The Write Touch), Melbourne; Photo credits: well wishers

And what a glamorous event it was, this Brunch at Tiffany’s mid-year event hosted by the HFC PPA Bamba (Aust) Inc at the Oakleigh Hall on 14 July.

The atmosphere was electric and the venue filled to capacity with 170 sophisticated ladies (and some elegant gents, I might add). The ladies were real eye candy, looking stylish in their favourite little black dresses, cigarette pants, pencil skirts, fabulous strings of pearls, updo styles with hair ornaments, and cigarette holders.

The entrance to the venue was decorated like a Tiffany store and inside was elaborately bedecked with all the trimmings and touches to represent the theme, with no effort spared, thanks to a very talented committee and helpers.

The costumes, make-up and hair did real justice to the beautiful and famous look inspired by Aubrey Hepburn as the iconic Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the 1961 Hollywood blockbuster movie. George Peppards, eat your heart out, these HFC girls’ portrayal of the real thing was simply the best.

The afternoon was eventful with a packed agenda of items to get through in spite of the lively incessant chatter and laughter to be heard throughout, with mimosas served on arrival to set the mood.

After the welcome speech by President Aruni Wijeyesinghe, there was a hearty singing of the school song by the huge contingent of past pupils attending, led by Secretary Michelle Vanvelzon.

A sumptuous brunch buffet was served, catered by With Love Catering, followed by a delectable Sweet Table, which had everybody enjoying fine fare.

Then it was time to play the table quiz competition, ably conducted by Nalis Miranda and included identifying music from that era. The raffle was well subscribed and comprised generous prizes, the first prize of a Tiffany bracelet won by Annemarie Labrooy.

Next was the pleasant task of choosing the fairest lady of them all, which was no mean feat given the beautifully attired females in the room. No doubt a hard task and by a slim margin, the winner chosen was Joanne Holsinger.

The afternoon ended with a lesson on how to do the Charleston, a dance move from the Swinging Sixties, which saw a long line of ladies take a short instruction from Marie Pietersz of Love2Dance before attempting a very good rendition to the music Putting on the Ritz.

All too soon it was over, another beautifully themed event done and dusted, organised on the back of the very successful previous Madhatter’s Tea Party themed event.

Until next time, says the committee, with credit to:

President Aruni Wijeyesinghe

Secretary Michelle Vanvelzon

Treasurer Nadeeka Perera

Members Nalis Miranda, Inoka Jayasinghe, Jilska Williams and Jean Le Mercier.

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Green fingers or global warming? – Story: Marie Pietersz, Melbourne: Photo credits: Dirckze

No, you are not seeing things. It is actually a papaw tree laden with fruit, thriving in the Melbourne cold, where normally it would call sunny northern Australia home.

Springvale residents Aubrey and Patsy Dirckze are avid gardeners of all things tropical. Reminds them of growing up in Sri Lanka and being able to enjoy some Sri Lankan cuisine in Melbourne, they tell me, smiling.

“I always loved gardening, but I didn’t have the right conditions to do so in Sri Lanka, due to full-time work and smaller garden space,” says Aubrey, “but coming to Melbourne I was able to make those dreams come true, with my own home and a nice sized garden.”

Aubrey reflects on his papaw tree story: “One day I was eating a ripe papaw I purchased from the Springvale market and spat out some seeds under my front pergola which has a clear polycarbonate roof. Very soon a lot of plants sprouted and a couple of them ‘took off’. The first and biggest one was a male plant, I found out, and so I cut it down. The next plant to ‘take off’ was a female, which kept growing taller till it reached the height of the pergola, bearing a good crop of papaws.”

Aubrey researched online and found out about air-layering (wrapping moist soil around a branch to promote root growth) to make sure that he is able to propagate this unusual specimen. “The tree is three years old and stays dormant in the winter and the fruit ripen in the summer,” Aubrey says.

Aubrey attributes his success at growing papaws in Melbourne to his horticultural skills as well as a little help from Mother Nature and the position of the plant – an enclosed space, which keeps out the wind and frost.

Aubrey’s garden is home to other exotic vegetables: bitter melon, snake beans, tomatoes, Sri Lankan cucumbers and okra, and a three-fruit bearing citrus which produces limes, mandarins and oranges on the one tree, to name a few. He is also an experienced bonsai grower.

This generous gardener is offering vegetable seeds to other gardeners who want them at no cost. He is also offering tree grafting services to those who are looking for some help in this area, also at no cost.

“I get pleasure in giving it away,” Aubrey says, and lots of lucky friends can attest to being gifted with lots of vegetables from Aubrey’s garden. “And I help him,” chirps Patsy, to which Aubrey responds, “and promotes my garden on social media, and says ‘thank you’ to all the passers-by who are very impressed and comment on what they see,” they tease each other.

Genuine enquirers only can write to pat.aubrey@hotmail.com.

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Josephines’ Wild West Nite a definite winter warmer: Story: Marie Pietersz – Pics: courtesy well-wishers

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Outside was a freezingly cold Melbourne mid-winter’s night on 22nd June, but inside the Good Shepherd Hall, Mulgrave, the warmth, sights and ambience greeting you thawed you out like it was summer. It was an atmosphere that lifted one’s spirits as it usually does at the Josephines’ theme nights, always well supported not only by numbers in attendance but also the extent to which the former pupils and guests ‘dress up’.

Cowgirls and cowboys in such an array of country and western clothing and accessories paraded around, comparing outfits and engaging in greetings and small talk. The décor was elaborate and beautiful – typically Texas/Mexican in design and painstakingly hand-made by Judy Fernando.

DJ Damian struck up the music on the dot and as usual Delreen Cramer, the MC, was up to her pranks, wielding her cowboy whip and calling everybody to attention to listen to the order of the night.

The floor was packed with dancers from start to finish, showing off their dancing styles and ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ actions portraying sharp-shooter Annie Oakley from the American western movie of the same name. There was even a horse mask outfit to complete the full western theme.

Speeches didn’t take up the night, with President Dani Gunatilake’s presentation short and to the point, yet making all the necessary announcements about what the funds collected here had achieved for the school, in particular the expenses required for security measures in the climate of recent unrest in Sri Lanka.

Dinner was not a long-drawn-out affair either, with a well-timed schedule run by the MC, following Grace Before Meals said by Deanna Daniels. Dinner by Des and Judy Foulstone of Silverline Caterers was a definite crowd pleaser; and then guests were ready to rage on after the sumptuous buffet.

Always a highlight was the crowning of the best dressed male and female in keeping with the theme, won by Dion Holsinger and Catherine Brown.

A new and well accepted part of the entertainment was the country line dancing demonstration by the AusLine dancing trio, Marie Pietersz, and Cherryl (former pupil) and Earle Serpanchy. The line dancing teaches that followed had a staggering number of guests up and ready to take part. Two dances were learnt much to the enthusiasm of the guests and well executed by them also.

Prizes from donors were generous and the raffle well supported.

The whole dance package was well balanced from music to dinner to entertainment to ambience, and tickets well priced. A great act to follow and a credit to the committee of 2019 comprising:

Executive Committee 
President – Danielle Gunatilake 
Vice President- Deanna Daniels 
Secretary- Suzette De La Motte
Treasurer – Pauline Walles

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Christine Silva 
Delreen Cramer 
Desiree Van Estrop 
Judy Fernando 
Maureen Wendt 
Romayne Ephraums 
Suzie Young

Can’t wait to see what the next theme will be. Mark your calendars and be part of it when it comes around again. Josephines’ dances are recommended as a great night out.

 

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Melbourne prays for Sri Lankan victims Contributed
Marie Pieterszby: Marie Pietersz, Melbourne

With around 50 percent of Australian-born Sri Lankans living in Melbourne, it is no wonder that there were many multi-faith vigils and prayers held in many parts of Melbourne in the days following the Easter Sunday bombings which took place in Sri Lanka on 21st April 2019. It left two Australians of Sri Lankan heritage among the dead, along with many overseas tourists and a death toll on the rise numbering hundreds.

Once such special memorial service was held at St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne, on Sunday 28th April, arranged by the Consulate General of Sri Lanka, Mr Prasanna Gamage, in association with the Very Rev. Dr. Andreas Loewe, Dean of Melbourne. 

Hundreds of people gathered in Federation Square holding posters of support and then on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral, whilst inside the Cathedral over 1000 Sri Lankans, Australians and other nationals gathered to light candles and pray for those who were killed and injured at places of worship and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka.

Among the dignitaries who attended the memorial service were:

Her Excellency, Hon. Linda Dessau, AC, the Governor of Victoria and spouse Judge Anthony Howard

Hon. James Merlino, Acting Premier of Victoria

Hon. Michael O’Brien, MP, Leader of the State Opposition

Parliamentarians representing almost all political parties both at Federal and State level, including Senator Penny Wong representing the Federal Opposition.

In addition, senior Victorian officials attending included:

Deputy Lord Mayor of Melbourne

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Local Government Councillors.

Her Excellency, Hon. Linda Dessau, delivered the second lesson while The Very Rev. Dr. Loewe conducted the proceedings of the service.

Clergy representing all four main religions of Sri Lanka lit candles in memory of the victims.

The Hon. James Merlino, MP and Actg. Premier conveyed condolences on behalf of the State Government.

Senator Penny Wong, Deputy Lord Mayor of Melbourne, and Councillor Beverly Pinder-Mortimer also delivered peace messages.

Mr. Prasanna Gamage, Consul General of Sri Lanka, in his peace message highlighted the importance of non-violence and love in the teachings of all religions.

Major edifices in Melbourne were lit up in an act of solidarity and sign of Victoria’s grief for the people of Sri Lanka on Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd April.

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