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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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Apology to Motherland – Photos thanks to Roy Grafix

It is well known that, when we gained nominal independence from Britain, our export income on local products exceeded a billion pounds.

The imitators of the white rulers who obtained administration of Sri Lanka from the white colonialists managed to spend all the treasury reserves and since then to mortgage the Nation by holding each person in the country to a credit bond over Rs. 500.000. Our own people ruled us alternatively and accelerated the demise into a precipice, since the adaptation of 1978 Constitution and the Executive Presidency.

Some significant facts we inherited from the rule of deceitful politicians either white dressed or dark suit dressed:

  • Importing rice for local consumption by discouraging local farming communities although we exported rice overseas in the ancient times.
  • Importing salt from India while we are surrounded by salt in abundance and having a profitable Salt Corporation.
  • Importing low quality fuel for train and transport services to gain unlawful enrichment by commissions.
  • Lack of decency or humility to resign from parliament amidst allegations of corruptions.
  • Importing fish from overseas, while there is plenty of seafood in Sri Lanka and supplying them into the market in the guise of local products.
  • When the children are dying in the country from malnutrition, importing bullet-proof luxury cars, worth over Rs 450 million.
  • Inability to express condolences in public by any responsible person to those benevolent foreign donors who donated hospital wards in Sri Lanka and were victims of Easter bombing.
  • Judges decline to sit on bench to decide on alleged corruption cases due to unforeseen factors.
  • Inability of the higher police authority to reprimand traffic police officers who use indecent language and attack drivers in the street (whom in video).
  • Inability of the 225+1 Members of Parliament in Sri Lanka to stand against the American influence into Sri Lankan domestic politics, having seen the plight of Iraq, Syria, Libya etc in the recent past.
  • Although we work and live in different parts of the world, all of us have been born in Sri Lanka. You would have been born in a public hospital or you would have definitely been a product of free education of mother Sri Lanka

As every aspects of governance in the country are brutally politically driven, there is no development, production or any management. Hence the country is over-ridden with political, corruption, fraud and disrespect for law and order.

Our motherland grieves in the hands of these ruthless politicians. Do you hear this?

Doesn’t your blood boil when you hear this?

You should arise to save our country for the next generations. Please awake for our country’s sake. Keep alert.

Perspective Presidential Candidate, Mr Nagananda Kodithuwakku addressed a group of over 200 interested participants via Video Conference at Pennant Hills, Sydney on the 30/06/2019. The discussion held was timely and constructive.

In this regard we wish to draw your attention to a special factor. Mr Nagananda has filed number of cases involving alleged corruption since 2009. Further these cases are presented to courts on behalf of the public and no one has contributed a cent for this purpose and he does not expect it either.

The program presented by Mr Nagananda Kodithuwakku seems to satisfy at least 95% of the current requirement of the country. Please read the content and comprehend the issues.

Let us join together for the advancement of our motherland, dispelling all differences, irrespective of political party or colour as we all have the same objective. We need to remind our relatives and all concerned to support Mr Nagananda Kodithuwakku in his endeavors.

Please don’t let this chance escape us. Otherwise we will be in the midst of nations that has lost their identity forever.

** Reported by Ananda Gallage, translated by Dr Don Wickrama, Sydney, Australia 07/07/2019 **

 

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Photos from – A Night of Glitz & Glamour – Bollywood in Brisbane in aid of Shanthi Palliative Care Hospital

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Sinhalese Cultural Centre (SCC) Nite 2019 – A Night of Support – Photos thanks to RoyGrafix

The SCC Nite 2019 which is the annual fundraising dinner of the Sinhalese Cultural Centre (SCC) was held with high esteem on the 8th June 2019 at Roselea Community Hall, Pennat Hills NSW. A large gathering of supporters and well-wishers filled the hall to express their support for this unique project to build our own ‘Sinhalese Cultural Centre building’ in Sydney.

The Lord Mayor of Parramatta Council Cr Andrew Wilson was the Guest of Honour, Consul of Sri Lanka in Sydney Ms Pramuditha Manusinghe represented the office of Sri Lanka Consul General in Sydney. The event began with the lighting of the traditional oil lamp by the invited guests and SCC/SCF officials. Apart from the welcoming speech by the Chairperson of the SCC Mr. Nihal Fernando, Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Andrew Wilson also delivered a speech of honour. The event was filled with entertainment by traditional Sri Lankan dances and live-singing.

The delicious three course dinner was followed by the biennial SCC Raffle draw delivering many sensational and valuable prizes. The event continued till past 11.00pm with the energy provided by DJ Shanaka of Event 360 to rouse the excitement of the gathering triggering to occupy the dance floor. The event is expected to return with more vibe and colour next year.

Enjoy a photo gallery captured by Roy Gunaratne of RoyGrafix.

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BLACK rocks Sydney at the Blue & Black Dance – Photos thanks to Roy Grafix

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Ryde Civic Centre Sydney, an old favourite venue for Sri Lankan dances was once again the place to be on June 15th 2019 for the Thomian Ball. Deviating from the traditional formal theme and keeping with the winds of change, the semi-formal dress code was welcomed by many though the sartorial splendor of sarees gave colour and dazzle to what was to be a great night of entertainment.   

On arrival the guests were warmly ushered into a magnificently decorated hall. Plenty of time for chatter over entrees got the capacity crowd ready for Emcee Duke Ramachandran’s warm welcome followed by 2 minutes of silence (Easter bombing remembrance). Thereafter it was history in the making – yes, many elements and workings parts are needed to pull off a successful dance but what makes a dance ultimately successful is the band. BLACK from Sri Lanka did not disappoint. From song selection, audience engagement and quality of music it was a spectacular performance by this highly sort after band that played a fabulous mix of both old and contemporary music with class. Aided aptly by Saliya Tennakoon of EVENT 360 who provided the lighting and sound this by far would have to rate as one of the finest dances hosted by the Thomians, consistently raising the bar in the Sydney dance circles. 

The guest dined on a buffet of sumptuous Sri Lankan food – Saffron & fried onion rice, devilled tuna, peppered & mustard pork, chicken curry, mixed vegetable korma, Brinjal moju, pappadum, fried buttered chillies, pasta salad and green salad with Watalappan/fruit platter for dessert. Chef Sam and his charming wife from Trek Catering were on site to ensure there was plenty of food.   

Speeches and presentations followed during and after dinner – STC NSW OBA President Kulasri Jayasinghe thanked the attendees, credited his committee for a great job and acknowledged all the sponsors.  There was a brief yet very informative talk by major sponsor from GREENULTIMATE P/L – a company reputed for its environmental-conscious renewable solar panels, batteries and inverters.

There were attractive raffle prizes on offer as well including an air ticket presented by Sri Lankan Airlines and accommodation for a couple at the five star Hotel by Galadari Colombo.  Cricket memorabilia were also auctioned including an impressively framed signed ball by the legendary Muttiah Muralitharan. 

Gracing the occasion was the affable Mr. Lal Wickrematunge, Consul General for Sri Lanka. Given his pending departure, on behalf of the OBA, Vice President Indy Gunawardhena made a felicitation presentation to a dignitary who is always championing the cause of equality and goodwill within the community. In his response speech Mr. Wickrematunge spoke affectionately of the virtues we need to uphold as Sri Lankans and the fond memories he would be taking back after 4 years of service. We will miss his disarming ways of reaching out to people, his great sense of humour and ability to also belt a few songs on request!    

More dancing followed with BLACK who continued to mesmerize the audience with flair and flamboyance. Reading through reviews it is no surprise why their brilliant stage performance gives the utmost satisfaction to audiences wherever they perform. 

Having completed two other sell out performances in Melbourne and Queensland,  BLACK returns to Sri Lankan having captured many hearts in Australia. We wish the band many more accolades and acknowledgements they so richly deserve and a very big thank you to the STC NSW OBA Thomian committee for organising this stellar night. ESTO PERPETUA!   

 

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Black & Gold of NSW-DS.Senanayake College OBA – Sydney Chapter, Presents 2019 Black & Gold Masquerade Ball – Photos thanks to CINETHPERERA PHOTOGRAPHY

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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews at the Sinhalese New Year Celebrations at the Dandenong Showgrounds – Video and Photos thanks to Trevine Rodrigo

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews makes a surprise appearance at the Sinhalese New Year Celebrations at the Dandenong Showgrounds. Several federal and local Labor MP,s and Dandenong Councillors attended the celebrations.




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Vicarage murders hold guests spellbound – from Doug Jones

More than 130 guests gathered on May 26 at the Ceylon Society of Australia’s second 2019 public meeting to hear CSA member

Ananda Amaranath’s dissertation on “Murders at the Vicarage – The Mathew Peris Case.” His listeners were held spellbound as he explained the intricacies of a rare, classic case in Sri Lankan legal history where an accused was found guilty based on the observations and medical opinions of numerous medical professionals who assisted the Judges of the Trial-at-Bar to arrive at a guilty verdict. The speaker illustrated his talk with clips from the Chandran Rutnam- produced movie “According to Matthew” starring Alston Koch and Jacqueline Fernandez, based on the affair and the murders, which he encouraged guests to view when possible.




        This was the famous murder case when Rev. Mathew Peris was the Vicar of St Paul’s Anglican Church in Kynsey Road, Borella. He was a well-known exorcist who conducted exorcism ceremonies in the church and frequently visited homes in Sri Lanka and abroad to conduct such ceremonies to ward off evil spirits by the invocation of religious rituals. Dalrene Ingram, the co-accused in this trial, first came into contact with Rev Mathew at such a ceremony. Dalrene was employed by Rev. Mathew as his secretary and typist, and moved into the vicarage with her family that included her husband Russell and three children.

             It was this association between Rev. Mathew and Dalrene that culminated in the deaths of Russell Ingram and Mrs Eunice Peiris.  Rev. Mathew was convicted and sentenced to death for the murders of Dalrene’s husband Russell and his own wife Mrs Eunice Peris. His sentence was commuted to life imprisonment in 1994. Having spent 15 years in jail, the 79-year old Rev. Mathew was released from jail in a general amnesty on 28 October 1997.

        In 1983, Ananda Amaranath, as a Senior State Counsel of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka, was a member of the team of Prosecutors who prosecuted Rev. Mathew Peiris and Dalrene Ingram in the High Court of Colombo.

        Ananda received his schooling at St. Thomas’s College, Mount Lavinia and obtained his Law Degree from the University of Colombo. He was an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka and was also admitted as a Solicitor of England and Wales.

           On his arrival in Australia in 1989, Ananda joined the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in NSW and practiced as a Senior Prosecutor for 27 years. For the past two years he has been in private practice in Sydney.

 

Photos from the Ceylon Society of Australia – 2nd Public Meeting 26th May 2019

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Second Public Meeting on Sunday 26th May 2019
Founded in 1997. Incorporated in Australia.

In the legal history of Sri Lanka, only few cases have had the guilt or innocence of an accused been decided on medical evidence. The trial of the murder of Russell Ingram and Eunice Pieris by administration of an anti-diabetic drug in their meals is an example where medical evidence played a critical role in the final guilty verdict.

Rev. Mathew Peiris was the Vicar of St Paul’s Anglican Church in Kynsey Road, Borella. A wellknown exorcist, he conducted exorcism ceremonies in the church and frequently visited homes in Sri Lanka and abroad to ward off evil spirits. Dalrene Ingram, the co-accused in this trial, first came into contact with Rev. Mathew at such a ceremony. Dalrene was employed by Rev. Mathew as his secretary and typist, and moved into the vicarage with her family that included her husband Russell and three children.



This association between Rev. Mathew and Dalrene culminated in the death of Russell Ingram and Mrs Eunice Peiris. Rev. Mathew was convicted and sentenced to death. His sentence was commuted to life imprisonment in 1994. Having spent 15 years in jail, the 79 year-old Rev. Mathew was released from jail in a general amnesty on 28 October 1997.

He was still in robes when he came out of jail and professed his faith in God. He passed away on 12 May 1998.

Dalrene’s death sentence was set aside and she was acquitted by the Court of Criminal Appeal.

The story of this case will be related by our speaker Ananda Amaranath who comes from Beliatte in the deep south of Sri Lanka. His schooling was at St. Thomas’s College and his Law Degree is from the University of Colombo. He is an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka and was also admitted as a Solicitor of England and Wales. Subsequently, he was admitted as a Barrister of the Supreme Court of Seychelles and in Australia as a Barrister and Solicitor of New South Wales. He had a short period in private practice in Colombo following graduation, after which he joined the Attorney General’s Department as a State Counsel. He prosecuted in various provincial High Courts in Sri Lanka and was involved in several murder cases. Noteworthy in his experience were the trials arising out of the 1971 JVP insurrection and the Galenbindunuwewa murder case, which is regarded as one of the famous criminal cases of Sri Lanka.

In 1983, as a Senior State Counsel, he was a member of a team of Prosecutors who prosecuted Rev. Mathew Peiris and Dalrene Ingram in the High Court of Colombo.At the end of 1983, he was seconded to the Attorney General’s Chambers of the Republic of Seychelles and was appointed Principal State Counsel, responsible for the management of the civil and criminal divisions of the Chambers and appearing as a Barrister in the more
complex cases that came up in the Courts.

On his arrival in Australia in 1989, he joined the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in NSW and actised as a Senior Prosecutor for 27 years. For the past two years he has been in private practice in Sydney.



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