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                               ACQUISITIONS   FOR  THE  MONTH  OF  SEPTEMBER  2019


  1. New Buddhist Extremism and the Challenges to Ethno-Religious Coexistence in Sri Lanka by Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri, 2016

(Donated by Channa Wickremasinghe, Glen Waverley)




  1. Burgher Association (Australia) Inc, Spring Newsletter, September 2019.
  2. “Silverscene”, Newsletter of the Silver Fawn Club, Qld, Issue: September/October 2019
  3. “The Vine”, Evergreen’s Newsletter, Operation Hope, August 2019.
  4. “The Harbinger”, Family Magazine of the Australia / Sri Lanka Welfare Guild Inc (ASWG), Vol 44, No 4, September 2019.
  5. “Floreat”, Newsletter, Royal College Old Boy’s Association Australia, September 2019.



  1. “The Role of  Defence Establishments in Facing New Threat Dimensions Whilst Ensuring National Harmony”, General Deshamanaya Denis

             Perera Oration by Air Marshall Sumangala Dias, on August 11, 2019

             (Donated by Mrs Ranji Perera, Etul Kotte, Sri Lanka)

  1. Burgher Association (Australia) Inc, Notice of Annual General Meeting, 2019/2020

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SRI LANKA CRICKET NEWS (SEPTEMBER 2019) – Compiled by Victor Melder

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The touring New Zealanders, defeated Sri Lanka by 5 wickets, to win the first T20 International, played at Pallekelle International Cricket Stadium, Kandy. Scores:

Sri Lanka –  174/4 in 20 Overs (Mendis 79, Dickwella 33, Southee 2/20, Santner 1/22)

New Zealand –  175/5 in 19.3 Overs (Taylor 48, Grandhomme 44, Mitchell 25no, de Silva 2/21, Malinga 2/23, Dananjaya 1/30)

Player of the Match: Ross Taylor (New Zealand)

T20 debut: Wanindu Hasaranga (Sri Lanka)

The touring New Zealanders, defeated Sri Lanka by 4 wickets, to win the second T20 International, played at Pallekelle International Cricket Stadium, Kandy. Scores:

Sri Lanka – 161/9 in 20 Overs (Dickwella 39, Fernando 37, Mendis 26, Rance 3/33, Southee 2/18, Kuggleijn 2/38, Sodhi 1/34)

New Zealand – 165/6 in 19.4 Overs (Grandhomme 59,  Bruce 53, Dananjaya 3/36, Udana 1/18, de Silva 1/32)

Player of the Match: Tim Southee (New Zealand)

Sri Lanka beat the touring New Zealanders by 37 runs to win the third and final T20 International, played at Pallekelle International Stadium, Kandy. Scores:

Sri Lanka – 125/8 in 20 Overs (Gunathilaka 30, Dickwella 24, Santner 3/12, Astle 3/28, Kuggeleijn 1/21)

New Zealand – 88 in 16 Overs (Southee 28no, Santner 16, Malinga 5/6, Dananjaya 2/28, de Silva 1/12, Sandakan 1/33)

Player of the Match: Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka)

Player of the Series: Tim Southee (New Zealand)

T20 debut: Lahiru Madushanka (Sri Lanka)

New Zealand won the 3-match series 2-1.

The national cricket team will leave for Pakistan on Tuesday on a two week tour where they will play three ODIs and three T-20 Internationals in Karachi and Lahore. Karachi will host the first leg of the tour consisting three ODIs and then the team will travel to Lahore for the T-20 leg. Sri Lanka will take wings to Karachi on Emirates via Dubai. After ten senior players pulled out of the tour, SLC was forced to select a second string team. All support staff agreed to make themselves available for the tour. Performance Analyst Hanish Shetty will not be able to go to Pakistan as he is not able to get a visa. Shetty is an Indian national. The tour was in jeopardy after the Prime Minister’s office warned SLC of a possible terror attack during their stay in Pakistan. The board then put the ball back into government’s court requesting for a new security clearance. Officials of the defense ministry went to Pakistan to study the security measures in place for the team and following government level negotiations, SLC was given the clearance to go ahead with the tour. Some 8500 security forces will guard the national cricket team and officials during their stay in Pakistan. The team will travel to the ground for games and practices in two armoured vehicles. They will be taken in a security convoy in a diamond shape and all roads will be closed down for public when the team is on the move. While SLC left the choice to tour for the players, the board will be in a spot if some of the young players who are making the tour come up with impressive performances. (Sunday Island, 22.9.2019)

The Sri Lanka ODI Squad: Lahiru Thirimanne (Captain), Oshada Fernando, Avishka Fernando, Isuru Udana, Danushka Gunathilaka, Shehan Jayasuriya, Angelo Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Minod Bhanuka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep, Kasun Rajitha and Lahiru Kumara

Sri Lanka T-20 Squad: Oshada Fernando, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Danushka Gunathilaka, Shehan Jayasuriya, Angelo Perera, Dasun Shanaka (Captain), Lahiru Madushanka, Isuru Udana, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Minod Bhanuka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep, Kasun Rajitha and Lahiru Kumara.

Sri Lanka in Pakistan Schedule:

Sep 27 1st ODI in Karachi

Sep 29 2nd ODI in Karachi

Oct 03 3rd ODI in Karachi,

Oct 05 1st T20I in Lahore

Oct 07 2nd T20I in Lahore

Oct 09 3rd T20I in Lahore. (Sunday Island, 22.9.2019)

Sri Lanka will play three T20 International (T20I)’s in India next year, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said, replacing India’s scheduled encounter with Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe had been suspended from international cricket since July this year by the International Cricket Council (ICC) citing political interference in the game. The ICC’s decision is to be reviewed at its board meeting expected next month. Accordingly, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had invited Sri Lanka for a three-match tour which would begin on January 5 and end on January 10.

The schedule is as follows :

  • January 05, 2020 : 1st T20I –  Guwahati
  • January 07, 2020 : 2nd T20I – Indore
  • January 10, 2020 : 3rd T20I – Pune         (Times Online, 26.9.2019)

Sri Lanka’s second One Day International (ODI) encounter with Pakistan has been rescheduled to September 30, hours after the first game had been washed out in Karachi today (Sept 27). The heavy downpour resulted in a soggy outfield at the Karachi National Stadium, which the PCB had said would take at least two days for ground staff to curate it for the next match. Both teams were expected to play the second game on September 29. However, Sri Lanka Cricket said the fixture had been revised after being consulted by the Pakistan Cricket Board. Sri Lanka, sans several senior players who dropped out citing security concerns, are to take on Pakistan in three ODI’s and T20 International (T20I)’s each.  The ODI’s would be played in Karachi while Lahore will host the T20I games. (Times Online, 27.9.2019)

The second ODI of the three-match series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, which was originally scheduled for Sunday, will now be played on September 30 at the National Stadium in Karachi. The decision was taken mutually by both the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) in order to ensure the ground staff get an additional day to ensure the playing conditions are better after the first match was washed out due to rain on Friday. “This week’s unseasonal heavy rains have forced us to review the series schedule. I am thankful to Sri Lanka Cricket as well as our host broadcasters for agreeing to amend the match schedule to ensure there are no further abandonments due to rain in what is an important bilateral FTP series for Pakistan,” said PCB Director, International Cricket, Zakir Khan in an official statement. The tickets sold for the first ODI, as well as for September 29 will be valid for both the second and the third ODI. Also, the ticket holders, who were unable to attend the game on the rescheduled day, will be refunded. The first ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka was set to be the first in over 10 years that Karachi would have hosted an ODI match. The last match was also played between the two teams on January 21, 2009. The 2009 match was played before the tour ended when the Sri Lankan team bus was attacked outside the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.(Sunday Times, 29.9.2019)

Pakistan beat the touring Sri Lankans by 67 runs to win the Second ODI, played at the National Stadium, Karachchi. Scores:

Pakistan – 305/7 in 50 Overs (Azam 115, Zaman 54, Sohail 40, de Silva 2/63, Kumara 1/59, Udana 1/60)

Sri Lanka – 238 in 46.5 Overs (Jayasuriya 96, Shanaka 68, de Silva 30, Shinwari 5/51, Khan 2/76, Amir 1/21, Riaz 1/27)

Player of the match: Usman Shinwari )Pakistan)

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SRI LANKA NEWS (SEPTEMBER 2019) – Compiled by Victor Melder.

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Sri Lanka’s gross official reserves were 8,532.6 million US dollars by the end of August, up from 8,343.9 million US dollars in July, latest Central Bank data showed. By the end of August, foreign currency reserves were 7,494.7 million dollars while the reserve position in the IMF was 65.5 million dollars. Special Drawing Rights were 14.5 million, reserves in Gold were 956.8 million and other reserve assets were 1.1 million US dollars. The outstanding stock of T-bills and T-bonds held by foreigners decreased by 0.45 percent during the week compared to the previous week. During the year up to 6th September 2019, the Sri Lanka rupee has appreciated against the US dollar by 1.2 percent. (Daily Island, 9.9.2019)

The first-ever anti-venom serum developed in Sri Lanka to treat snake bites victims is expected to be introduced to the market shortly, officials said. The government spends around Rs. 1 billion to import anti-venom serum from India, but experts have pointed out that the potency of the venom, particularly when it comes to Russell’s Viper and Hump-nosed Viper in Sri Lanka, is more toxic than in India. The anti-venom ICP and AVRI that has been produced locally is polyspecific and it covers multiple species including, for the first time, the Hump-nosed Pit Viper, the most common cause of snakebite envenoming in Sri Lanka, and is known to cause serious systemic toxicity and death. Medical experts have shown that a victim with serious bites ends with acute kidney damage plus many other complications when it comes to the hypnale species. A decade ago, snake bites were a major problem with some 60,000 people falling victim annually. Only around 40,000 of the victims received treatment from hospitals, while the others resorted to traditional native snake bite treatment. In total, 97% of snake bite deaths are caused by the cobra, Russell’s Viper and Common Indian Krait. Apart from them, the Sri Lankan Krait and Saw Scaled Viper are categorized as a deadly species though they have not caused many deaths. The Merrem’s Hump-nosed Viper is now considered by the Sri Lanka Medical Association as a dangerous species. However, of the land snakes only a few are medically important or can inflict a bite, where the venom could be mild, moderate or highly venomous. It is of interest to note that to date, modern medical literature record human fatalities only due to four species of snakes – Russell’s Viper, Cobra, Kraits and the Hump-nosed Viper. The Hump-nosed Pit Viper (Hypnale Merrem’s pit viper) is a snake widely distributed in Sri Lanka and the South Western coastal region of India. It is the most common snake responsible for venomous snakebites in Sri Lanka, estimated to be between 22% to 77% of all snakebites (de Silva, 1981; Seneviratne, 2000). For centuries, it was considered a relatively innocuous snake until 1821, when for the first time, swelling and bleeding due to bites by H. hypnale was reported in animals (Davy, 1821) (Sunday Island, 15.9.2019)

A new dwarf day gecko has been added to Sri Lanka’s list of gecko species. The latest addition to the diverse herperto fauna brings the Cnemaspis richness to 33 species. The new species is dedicated to Sri Lanka’s Father of Herpetology, renowned scientist, Dr. Anslem De Silva. Dr. De Silva said that there are a number of species, especially reptiles and amphibians new to science, which are to be named soon. He commended young researchers for their devoted service to the field of science. The new species was named Cnemaspis anslemi by environmental scientists D. M. S. Surajan Karunarathna and  Kanishka Ukuwela. The new day gecko species of Genus Cnemaspis Strauch 1887 is from a midland forested area of Udamaliboda (north-western foothills of Samanala Nature Reserve) in Sri Lanka. The species is medium in size (30–35 mm SVL) and can be differentiated from all other Sri Lankan congeners by a suite of distinct morph metric, meristic and color characters (dorsum with smooth and homogeneous granular scales; chin, gular, pectoral, and abdominal scales smooth; precloacal pores absent in males, 14–15 femoral pores separated by 9–11 unpored interfemoral scales in males; subcaudals smooth, sub hexagonal, enlarged, sub equal, forming a regular median row). It was recorded from tall trees with smooth bark in home gardens, and also on clay walls in very old tall houses in wet, cool and shady forests, distributed across mid elevations (~450–650 m) with limited anthropogenic disturbance. They can climb of up to heights of 7m on vertical surfaces of trees. The most noteworthy behavior of this species is that when “scared,” it runs only upward to the canopy of a tree or along the wall to hide within crevices. Suranjan Karunarathna warned that the major threats to this species in Udamaliboda and other locations in lower Samanala Nature Reserve are habitat loss due to expansion of commercial-scale agriculture and monoculture plantations, and illicit forest encroachments. “Therefore, these foothill forests warrant special conservation, habitat protection, further in-depth research and specific hands-on management practices,” he stressed. (Sunday Island, 15.9.2019)

A senior spokesman for the Election Commission, last night, said the presidential election would be held on Nov. 16, 2019. The official said the relevant gazette notification would be issued Wednesday (18) night. The announcement was made in the wake of the SLPP alleging President Maithripala Sirisena planning to consult the Supreme Court again in respect of the duration of his term. The official said the nominations for the elections would be called for on Oct. 07. “There will be a two week-period to receive nominations. Cash deposits can be made in view of the elections, till noon on October 6.” The Commission took that decision in keeping with the election law, the official said. The SLPP and the National People’s Power Movement (NPPM) have named wartime Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Anura Kumara Dissanayake as their respective presidential candidates. The SLPP named Gotabaya Rajapaksa as its candidate on Aug 11. The JVP-led coalition made its announcement on Aug. 18. The UNP and its partners and the civil society are still continuing discussions among themselves, with UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, its Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa and Speaker Karu Jayasuriya vying for presidential nomination. UNP General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said that the Working Committee would soon decide on the party candidate who would contest, through the National Democratic Front (NDF). Political sources said that contrary to claims by various spokesmen, the SLFP wouldn’t field a candidate. It would be the first time the SLFP will not in the presidential fray. The last presidential election was held on January 08, 2015. (Daily Island, 19.9.2019)

As envisioned in Budget 2019 proposals by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera, the Cabinet of Ministers has approved the payment of a monthly interim allowance of Rs. 6,000 to families of missing persons including family members of the armed forces and the police missing in action, the Finance Ministry said. Issuing a statement, the Ministry said that across the island, in addition to heartbreak and trauma, families of missing persons had been undergoing severe economic hardships due to the disappearance of their loved ones, in most cases the breadwinner of the family. The Office of Missing Persons (OMP), in its interim report published in August 2018, had recommended providing interim relief to families of missing persons that had Certificates of Absence. Budget 2019 incorporated these recommendations. The interim relief is of Rs.6000 monthly bank deposit to the recipient of a certificate of absence. It will be provided until the newly-established Office of Reparations provides compensation and other forms of reparation. Interim relief will also not be a waiver of the right to adequate, prompt and effective reparations to seek judicial remedies. So far, 656 certificates of absence have been issued to families of missing persons in both the North and the South, some of whom include families of armed forces personnel who are missing in action. In order to facilitate the speedy issuance of certificates of absence, the Cabinet also approved the recruitment of additional officers to the Registrar General’s Department on a contract basis. (Daily Mirror, 20.9.2019)

The Working Committee of the United National Party (UNP) has agreed to nominate Minister Sajith Premadasa as its presidential candidate today (Sept 26). Accordingly, UNP Deputy Leader Mr. Premadasa would contest under the UNP-led Democratic National Front (DNF) banner which would be formed on October 9.  A final decision in this regard had been taken during a meeting at the UNP Headquarters which took place this afternoon.  Accordingly, the UNP would make its cash deposit for Minister Premadasa at the Elections Secretariat tomorrow.   UNP leader Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Speaker Karu Jayasuriya too were among the names tipped to be nominated as the presidential candidate. So far seven candidates have placed their cash deposits to contest at the November 16 election. This includes former Defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, businessman Rohan Pallewatta, and Ariyawansa Dissanayake. United National Party (UNP) presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa today (Sept 26) said that UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe will serve as Prime Minister, under his government.  “This isn’t a problem about choosing a Prime Minister. It is the presidential election,” Mr. Premadasa said in his first news conference after announcing his candidature. (Times Online, 26.9.2019)

The United Nations suspended Sri Lankan Army deployments in the world body’s peacekeeping operations after the Indian Ocean island nation appointed a war veteran who has been accused of serious human rights violations, an official said on Wednesday. “We have expressed our concern to the Government of Sri Lanka over the appointment of Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva to the position of Commander of the Sri Lanka Army despite well-documented, credible allegations of his involvement in serious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law,” UN Spokesman Farhan Haq said in New York. “In light of this appointment, the UN Department of Peace Operations is therefore suspending future Sri Lankan army deployments except where suspension would expose UN operations to serious operational risk.” Silva, 55, is credited with successfully leading an army division against dissident Tamil Tigers in the final phases of the island nation’s 26-year-long brutal civil war. His victory, however, was highly controversial. Thousands of civilians were killed in the last phases of the conflict, including in areas declared by the government to be a “no-fire zone” which came under sustained army shelling, including hospitals. A United Nations panel has accused Silva’s division of suspected extrajudicial executions of unarmed rebels in the final week of the war, which ended in 2009, and systematic torture of people in custody. Silva, who joined the Army in 1984 and had been its Chief of Staff since January, has denied the accusations.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said in a statement in August that Silva’s promotion “severely compromises Sri Lanka’s commitment to promote justice and accountability”. The United States expressed its disapproval of Silva’s appointment in a strongly-worded statement and said “the allegations of gross human rights violations against him, documented by the United Nations and other organisations, are serious and credible.” Silva was named Head of the Army after the term of the previous Chief, Mahesh Senanayake, ended in July. Various countries contribute forces to UN peacekeeping missions around the world. (Daily Financial Times, 27.9.2019)

The Government said yesterday it was in discussion with the UN  Secretary General over the latter’s announcement of UN Department of Peace Operations deciding to repatriate Sri Lankan Army Unit and individual officers serving with the UN Peace Keeping. “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who is leading the Sri Lanka delegation to the 74th General Assembly Session, is scheduled to discuss this matter with the Under Secretary General of the UN Department of Peace Operations, on Friday 27 September 2019,” the Ministry said in a statement. Deputy Spokesman for the UN Secretary General Farhan Haq on Wednesday said that the UN Department of Peace Operations has decided to repatriate a Sri Lankan Army unit and individual officers currently serving with UN Peacekeeping, due to concerns over the appointment of Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva as the Commander of the Sri Lanka Army. (Daily Financial Times, 27.9.2019)

Exports in July declined by 7% after posting steady growth for more than a year, which expanded the trade deficit to $ 717 million but in carminative terms the deficit for the first seven months of the year contracted by $ 2 billion in the first seven months, the Central Bank said. The trade deficit widened in July as exports fell more than the decline in imports. Export earnings recorded a decline of 7% (year-on-year) after a steady growth for several months while import expenditure declined by 2.2% (year-on-year) in July. The decline in export earnings in July can be largely attributed to a reduction in earnings from petroleum products due to lower prices of bunker fuel and the export of a naval craft in July 2018, which resulted in a higher export base in the corresponding month of the previous year. The trade deficit widened to $ 717 million in July compared to the deficit of $ 316 million recorded in June. The deficit in the trade account, which contracted significantly since November 2018, widened in July, both on a year-on-year basis and month-on-month basis. In cumulative terms, the deficit in the trade account contracted by $ 2,076 million to $ 4,314 million during the first seven months of 2019 in comparison to the corresponding period of 2018. Meanwhile, the terms of trade, which represents the relative price of imports in terms of exports, improved by 3.9% (year-on-year) as export prices, on average, reduced at a slower pace than the decline in import prices. However, on a cumulative basis, the terms of trade deteriorated marginally by 0.8% during the first seven months of 2019 in comparison to the corresponding period of 2018. (Daily Financial Times, 28.9.2019)

Three more elephants have been found dead yesterday at the Thumbikulam reserve at Habarana, bringing the total number of elephants found dead at the park to seven, Wildlife Conservation Department (DWC) officials said. In a pathetic scene, a five-year-old calf was seen refusing to leave the site of one of the elephants, believed to be its mother. The baby elephant attempted to revive the dead elephant by trying to breath into its mouth. Since wildlife officers were unable to approach the mother elephant to carry out a post-mortum examination they were forced to tranquilise the calf and drive it into the jungle. A visibly shaken Wildlife State Minister Ranjith Aluwihare who arrived at the scene reprimanded wildlife officers for not informing him about the tragedy. He said he had to learn of the deaths from media reports. Earlier on Friday, wildlife officials had found four dead elephants in the same reserve. The officials said they believed all the animals were from a single herd, and they were females with their ages ranging between 25 and 35 years. Meanwhile, DWC Director General Chandana Sooriyabandara, told the Sunday Times they had informed the Kekirawa Magistrate about the deaths. He said two veterinary surgeons had carried out the post-mortem examination and another veterinary surgeon was scheduled to go there today to carry out investigations into the mysterious deaths” The Wildlife Department would be producing a progress report in court to get an order to send samples collected at the post-mortem examinations for further investigation. Meanwhile, in another incident the body of a tusker had been found in Moragahawewa in Puttlam. Veterinarian Dr. Chandana Jayasinghe, said he believed the animal, around 7 feet tall and 15 years old, had died of poisoning. He added one of the tusks of the beast was missing and said he believed that whoever attempted to retrieve the tusks was unable to remove the other as the animal had fallen in a muddy area. (Sunday Times, 29.9.2019)

Sri Lanka is trailing behind many Asian and middle income countries in human capital with lower relative education and stunted children, while though the country is doing better in life expectancy, a new report has found. In newly compiled cross-country Human Capital Index (HCI) compiled by World Bank, Sri Lanka scores 58 points giving a ranking of 74 out of 157 countries. After 13 years of education a child in Sri Lanka has education level equal to about eight years of education in Singapore, Harsha Athurupane, Lead Economist and Program Leader for Human Development for Sri Lanka and Maldives said. Sri Lanka was weak in areas such as mathematics, he said. Based on the HCI index a child in Sri Lanka born today will be 58 percent as productive in adulthood compared to their full potential. “Children born in Singapore today can expect to achieve 88 percent of their potential, Children born in Japan and the Republic of Korea will achieve 84 percent and in Hong Kong 82 percent. “Sri Lanka was the best performing country in South Asia,” the report Sri Lanka Human Capital Development noted. “However it lags behind East Asian countries such as China, Malaysia, Mongolia, Thailand and Vietnam. In Sri Lanka a child has a 99 percent chance of surviving to age 05. About 26 percent of children die of accidents. The expected number of years of schooling is 13 years, on par with high income countries. On learning outcomes Sri Lanka scores 400, above lower middle income country average of 391, but less than the average upper middle income of 428. It is below the mean score of East Asia and Pacific of 451. The report found that Sri Lanka’s Southern Province had the highest HCI value of 63.3 higher than the Western province’s 61.8, largely due to improvements by the provincial council to schools. Southern Province overtakes Western in Sri Lanka human capital index In Sri Lanka 83 percent were not stunted, above the 73 percent for lower middle income countries, but below the average for upper middle income countries. “The county has deep-rooted challenges in stunting (reflecting chronic under-nutrition) and learning adjusted years of schooling,” the report said. “These are second generation challenges that are hard to address.” (Daily Island, 29.9.2019)

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BAINES – EVA DOROTHY (nee Hawke), wife of Robert “Sonnie” (dec), mother and mother-in-law of Allan (dec), Trevor & Doreen, Kenny & Marguerite, Ronnie & Jacinth and Marcia. Grandmother of Tanya, Adam, Khyam and Kesh, great grandmother of 7, in Qld on August 8, 2019, aged 100 years. (Brisbane Courier Mail, 15.8.2019) 

GAUDER – YVONNE (nee Vanderwert), wife of late Robyn Gauder, in Melbourne. (Contributed)

RAYMOND – RUSSELL OAM, husband of Shirley, father of Chris, Carmie, Anthony and Subi, father-in-law of John, Bryan, Jenni and Rhonda, grandfather of Nicholas, Sam, Alex, Ruby, Danny, Mayah and Charlie, in Perth, on August 25, 2019. (The West Australian, 27.8.2019) 

COOPER – MICHELLE,  wife of Terry, mother of Michael and Jy, mother-in-law of Ebonie and Amica, grandmother of Jaxon. Daughter of Hilarion and Pam Caspersz, sister of Jacqueline, Elise, Vanessa, Amarilla and Jerome, in Perth, on August 21, 2019. (The West Australian, 28.8.2019 and Contributed)  

DE BOND – DOROTHY, wife of Charles De Bond, mother of Duncan, Darryl, Deirdre, Deanna and Desiree, mother-in-law of Rowena, Nappy, Hong and Wil, grandmother and great grandmother. Daughter of the late Justin and Minnie De Sielvie, sister of Terry, Leslie (all dec) and Olga,

In California, USA, on September 1, 2019, aged 95 years (Contributed)

JAYAWARDENA – YVONNE (nee Keegel), wife of late Walter Jayawardena. Daughter of late Percy and Kitty Keegel, sister of Barbara, Gordon (Aust), late Welhelm and of Cynthia (Aust), Travis (UK) and Denver (Aust), sister-in-law of late Asheley Wijesinghe and of Indrani, Phoebe, Ralph Mortier, Lillian and Patty, in Sri Lanka. (Daily News 4.9.2019)

BARTLETT – ROBERT NOEL, husband of Noeline (nee Crusz), father of Michael and Spencer, father-in-law of Gena and Veronica, grandfather of James, Aaron, Jonathan and Harry. Brother of Vilma (dec), Hamilton (UK), Dagmar and Clifford in Sydney, on September 4, 2019.

(Ozlanka & Contributed)

CONDERLAG – ALAN, husband of late Dawn, brother-in-law of Lyn and Nimal (dec), in Qld. (The Courier Mail, 7.9.2019)

HIELER – PETER CLIFFORD, husband of the late Bernie Hieler, father of Mario Hieler, father-in-law of Merina Kushlani Perera, in Sri Lanka. – 10B/73/L, National Housing Scheme, Raddolugama. (Daily Island, 11.9.2019)

BOEKEL – RUDOLF JACOB, husband of Andrea, father of Danielle, Tanja and Melanie, father-in-law of Roger, Charles and Angelo De Silva, grandfather of Aria, Marie, Charles and Sol Jacob and Charles. Son of Herman and Antje (Neth), brother-in-law of late Ashely and Brian Tisseverasinghe, in Sri Lanka. (Daily News 12.9.2019)   

WEERASINGHE – THOMAS (DILIP), husband of Michelle (nee Nugara), father of Shadiya and Asika. Son of Jean and late Arthur Weerasinghe, brother of Anoma, Ayomi, Crishanthi, Athula, Yolanthi, ,Ellsworth and Dinali, brother-in-law of Denver, Russel and Jerome, in Sri Lanka. –  29/9, St Juwam Mawatha, Kandana, Sri Lanka. (Daily News 13.9.2019)

FERDINANDS – MAISIE ETHEL, (1922 – 2019), mother of Megan, Alan, Chris, Vern, Maree and Rick, grandmother of 11, great grandmother of 11, in Perth, on September 11, 2019. (The West Australian, 14.9.2019)

BEEKMEYER – PETER, husband of Pauline, father of Remon, father-in-law of Upeksha, in Sri Lanka. – 22B5, Rukmalgama Housing Scheme, Rukmalgama, Sri Lanka. (Daily Island 17.9.2019)

SELLAYAH – KEN, husband of Margot, in Sri Lanka. – 71B/36, 5th Lane, Attidiya, Sri Lanka. (Contributed)

EDEMA – YVONNE (nee Cameron), wife of the late Ralston Edema, in Sydney. (Contributed)

DE SILVA – MARIE (nee Direkze), wife of late Earle De Silva, mother and mother-in-law of Volly & late Marie Gunasekara, Earlie Shamalie De Silva (Fr), Tryane & Sonia De Silva (USA), Harrison & Monique Lowe (Can), Romesh & Halina De Silva (Fr), Nihal & Nilushini Lowe (Can), Suresh & Charitha De Silva. Daughter of late Mr & Mrs George Direkze, daughter-in-law of late Mr & Mrs Simon De Silva, sister and sister-in-law of George Direkze, Franklyn Direkze, Aloma & Gamini Yapa, Miriam & Anton Subasinghe, Noel & Fatima Direkze, Donald & Ira De Silva, late Margie & Kingsley Wijerathne, late Eric & Annette De Silva and late Lionel & Daphne Weerawardane, grandmother of 18, great grandmother of 9, in Sri Lanka. (Daily News, 19.9.2019)

HENRY – RACHEL, wife of Chandra, sister of Orima, John and Barbara, sister-in-law of Dilip Kumar, in Melbourne. (Contributed)

FERNANDO – KUMAR, husband of Nelunicka, father of Tehani, Ayesh and Sudesh, father-in-law of Prasantha and Anniesha, grandfather of Dhevin, Kayan and Ava. Brother of Mala, Marianne and Prabath, brother-in-law of Anandanie, Sarath, Rohan and Neela, in Melbourne. (Daily News 21.9.2019)

ELIAS –STEPHEN ANTHONY, husband of Victoria, father and father-in-law of Anthony & Mary, Bart & Kristine, Daniel & Elaine, Gregory & Jane, Lila, Natalie & Matthew, grandfather of Dominique, Victoria, Amelie, Indira, Elena, Isolde, Levi, Gabrielle, Austen, Zach, Elijah, Isaak, Sienna and Tahlia, in Sydney, on September 19, 2019, aged 73 years. (Sydney Morning Herald, 21.9.2019)  

BOUDEWYN – ROSHAN,  son of H. G. Boudewyn and  Margaret. Husband of Rossite (nee Tavarayan), father of Rochelle and Kevin, father-in-law of Chanaka and Michelle, grandfather of Anuka, Serah, Denem and Kyle, in Sri Lanka. (Daily News, 24.9.2019)

Note: All spelling of names as taken from Sri Lankan newspapers

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  1. To Wage War Against the Queen (The Coup d’etat of January 27, 1962) by Dorothy Ludowyk Joseph, Facsimile, 2001

(Donated by Kevin Melder, Dalkeith, WA)

  1. Lost in Floral Rain Journey of a Medical Student by Pushpa Suriyaarchchi, 2019.
  2. Contemporary Tamil Writing in Sri Lanka by K.S.Sivakumaran, 1974
  3. Kings of Sri Lanka, From Vijaya to Sri Wickrama Rajasingha by D.M.Karunarathna, 2005.
  4. Plead Mercy by Anne Ranasinghe, 1975
  5. The Golden Deer by Premini Amerasinghe

  (No’s 2 – 6, Donted by Samantha Sirimane Hyde, Denistone, NSW

  1. Lions of Sri Lanka, Cricket – An Island Passion, Featuring the 30 Greatest Cricketers, LMD Publication, May 2019

  (Donated by W.P.S.Prasanna Gamage, Akmeemana, Galle, Sri Lanka 




  1. ‘The Old Aloysian”, Journal of the Old Aloysians Sports Club (Australia) Inc, August 2019.


  1. The Constitution of The Dutch Burgher Union of Ceylon (DBU), October 2018.

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OBITUARIES: Compiled by Victor Melder (E & O.E.) (AUGUST 2019)


ARASANAYAGAM – JEAN (nee Solomons), wife of Arasanayagam, mother of Parvathi and Devasundari, mother-in-law of John Gunter. Sister of the late Pat Solomons and Rosemary Emery, in Sri Lanka. (Daily News 2.8.2019)

DIAS – CORDELIA (LULIN) FLORISHA (nee Jackson), wife the late George Dias, mother of late Melvyn, Nalini, Noel Tyrone, Corrine (all Aust) and Barbara, mother-in-law of Francis perera and Charles Gunasekera, grandmother of Sean, Nadia, Roger, Tamara, Jessica, Yannick and Julian, great grandmother of AJ, Jordan, Cruz and Indiana, in Sri Lanka aged 100 years. (Daily News 3.8.2019)

ARNDT – GEORGE ARTHUR RICHARD, husband of Jeanne, father of Arlene, Sandy and Stuart, father-in-law of David, Johnny and Jayne, grandfather of Emily, Andrew and Tom, in Perth, WA. (The West Australian, 7.8.2019)

LEONARD – MARYSE, (16.04.1979 – 03.08.2019) daughter of  Vernon and the late Marina, in Melbourne. (Herald Sun, 12.8.2019 and Contributed)

BOCKS – YVONNE (nee Ziegelaar), daughter of Wilfred and Ula (both dec), wife of Douglas (dec), sister and sister-in-law of Elmo dec) and Joan (Aust), Ramsay and Victorine (Aust), Malcolm (dec) and Jean, Ursula (Aust) and Kevin Kennedy (dec) and Cynthia (dec), in Sri Lanka. – 5A, Windsor Avenue, Dehiwela, Sri Lanka. (Daily News 12.8.2019)

GREBE – BRIDGET CARMEN (nee De Fry), wife of late Victor Grebe, mother and mother-in-law of Mark & Rupa, Philip & Trissete (USA), Claire & Hubert, Anastasia & Gavin, Paul & Manel, Rose & Nick (UK), Scholastica & Darrel, Cecelia & Brian, Lorna & Rufus, Veronica & Lawrence. Grandmother of Ethel, Dimple, Julian & Trevor (USA), Christine & Amithap, Cheryl & Herman, Melissa & Chris, Amanda & Akhila, Rayan (It), Leyon, Damian, Vanessa & Jasmine (UK), Aletta & Millinda, Desiree, Jonathan (Aus), Rochelle & Dimantha (USA), Luke, Lance and Venora, great grandmother of Lily, Aviana, Amelia, Hayden and Meghan. Sister of late Aubrey and late Prosper De Fry, sister-in-law of late Cyril Grebe, late Pauline, late Monika, late Therese, late SK Surendran, late Bernard Pieris and late Hugh Fernando, in Sri Lanka. – 31/A/23, Bandigoda Road, Batagma, Ja Ela, Sri Lanka. (Daily News 13.8.2019)

DAVID – SOANN SHARMON (nee Rezel), wife of Victor David, mother of Vanessa, Steve and Denham, mother-in-law of Sanjeewa, Heshanka and Maheni. Sister of Brian, Cordelia, Paisley, Roma and Ophelia, sister-in-law of Roy, Vasantha, Stanley, Sheiela, late Susila, Hubert, Rani and Angeline, in Sri Lanka. (Daily News 14.8.2019)

PATTERNOTT – DAMIAN ROYCE, son of Gwendoline Pietersz, husband of Chamila, father of Jo-anne. Brother of Michelle and Fiona Gabriel (Kuwait), in Sri Lanka. – 91, Balasuriya Mawatha, Kandana, Si Lanka. (Daily News 22.8.2019)

SELA – PEARL ARGINA (nee Thiedeman), daughter of late Guy and Pearl Thiedeman. Wife of late Milroy. Sister of Yvonne, Deanna and Leonie and late Brian, Ronald, Shirley, Robert, Annabelle and Patrick, sister-in-law of Diana, Nita, Heather, Robert Sturrock, Robert Young, Eustace Matthau, late Clifford Guinan, late Lorna, late Russell and Tyrone Gray, Rosemarie and late Russell Bowen, Christine and Sam St Clair, Jennifer and Ainsley Sela, Albert and late Minnette Sela, Pearl (Dawn), in the UK, on August 20, 2019. (Sunday Observer, 25.8.2019) 

MACHADO – MAGDALENE (MAGGIE),  wife of late X.P.Machado, mother of late Therese, Joseph, Fatima, Bernard (Cashi) and Bonaventure, mother-in-law of Anton, Fatima and Ingrid, grandmother of  Tania, Tamara, Sachiel and Samara, great grandmother of Eva, in Sri Lanka on August 26, 2019. – 100, Waidya Road, Dehiwela, Sri Lanka. (Daily News 27.8.201)

ALLES – BERNADETTE, wife of late Alston, mother of Shahen and Shanika. Daughter of the late John and Anna Sylvester Pulle, sister of late Percy and Rita, sister-in-law of Sheila de Alwis in Sri Lanka. – 51 Dharmaloka Mawatha, Waragoda, Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. (Daily Island, 28.8.2019)

GEORGESZ – IDINA FRANCISCA (nee Holmes), wife of late Trevor, mother of Dayan, Gladwyn and Nicola, mother-in-law of Sanji Satyamurthy and Shameema Dean, grandmother of Zane. Sister of Audrey Kadramatamby, Marie Kelaart and Alric Holmes, in Sri Lanka. (Daily News 29.8.2019)

DON  PAUL – DAVE RASWATH, husband of Ruvini. Son of Terrance – Terry and Malkanth, brother of Bernadine and Fleming, in Sri Lanka on August 27, 2019. – 7, Kalyani Mawatha, Averiwatte Road, Wattala, Sri Lanka. (Daily News 29.8.2019)

BOLLING – DAVID, ex-husband of Prahasrhini, father of Deon. Son of late Ralph and Tara, brother of late Jeremy and Julian, in Sri Lanka. – 72, 5th Lane, Colombo 3, Sri Lanka (Daily News 30.8.219) 

CONDERLAG – ALAN, husband of late Dawn, in Queensland. (Contributed)

Note: All spelling of names as taken from Sri Lankan newspapers

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Sri Lanka Cricket has decided to terminate the contract of Chandika Hathurusingha, the Head Coach of the national cricket team, after the two parties failed to come to a mutual agreement to sever ties. Following the ICC Cricket World Cup where Sri Lanka finished sixth, SLC had indicated to the Head Coach that they were looking for a replacement but Hathurusingha was interested in staying on till the end of his contract in December 2020. SLC had agreed to pay him six months of his salary to bring an early end to the contract but Hathurusingha maintained that he could still help development of players. Hathurusingha is expected to fight his case in courts, much like Geoff Marsh, who successfully sued SLC eight years ago after being unceremoniously dumped from his job. Interestingly, it took Marsh four weeks since winning Sri Lanka their maiden Test match in South Africa to be booted out. Similarly, four months after winning a first ever Test series in South Africa, Hathurusingha has been sent home. SLC will indicate the national cricket’s terms poor performances as the reason for the early termination of contract. The board is expected to point out their displeasure at Hathurusingha’s conduct during the ball tampering controversy in the Caribbean last year as well. Hathurusingha will have a strong case to argue in courts as he was stripped of selector’s duty midway through his contract and he will point out that he cannot be held responsible for something that was beyond his control. Meanwhile Chief Operating Officer of SLC Jerome Jayaratne is set to take over as Interim Coach during the bilateral series against New Zealand. Jayaratne, one of the longest serving employees of SLC having joined the governing body in 2000 is a career coach with international reputation. Until 2017, he functioned as Director Coaching when SLC sprung wholesale changes to the coaching set up. The results since then have been disastrous. Jayaratne functioned in a similar role in 2015 after Marvan Atapattu stepped down as Head Coach. He is expected to be retained in his usual position of Director Coaching replacing High Performance Manager Asanka Gurusingha, whose contract will end later this month. (Daily Island, 6.8.2019)

Former Captain Dinesh Chandimal has been named in the 15-member Sri Lanka squad for the first Test against New Zealand, which starts on 14th August in Galle. Chandimal was dropped from all formats for loss of form in the past six months. Since captaining the team in Australia earlier this year, Chandimal missed the South Africa tour, World Cup and the recently-concluded Bangladesh series. However, he will have to fight for a place with wicket-keeper batsman Niroshan Dickwella, who was the vice-captain of the Test team in South Africa, where Sri Lanka recorded a stunning 2-0 win.  Apart from Chandimal, Sri Lanka have also included Angelo Mathews, who missed the South Africa Test series due to a hamstring injury. Mathews, however played a key role with the limited-overs team in the World Cup and won the Player of the Series award against Bangladesh. From the 22-man preliminary squad announced earlier this week, Kasun Rajitha, Asitha Fernando, Danushka Gunathilaka, Shehan Jayasuriya, Chamika Karunaratne, Dilruwan Perera and Angelo Perera have missed out on selection. The more-experienced off-spinning all-rounder, Dilruwan Perera has been left out due to an injury concern and should be available for selection only from the 2nd Test in Colombo. Left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya will be the main strike weapon for the hosts, along with Akila Dananjaya and Lakshan Sandakan as they form a three-pronged spin attack. Dhananjaya De Silva, provides another reliable off-spin option. Suranga Lakmal will be the more experienced seamer out of the three fast-bowlers included. Lahiru Kumara and left-armer Vishwa Fernando complete the attack. Sri Lanka Squad for First Test – Dimuth Karunaratne (Captain), Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Janith Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya De Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Lasith Embuldeniya, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Oshada Fernando, Lakshan Sandakan, Vishwa Fernando. (Daily Island, 10.8.2019)

The three-day warm-up match between the touring New Zealanders and the Sri Lanka Board President’s XI, played at the FTZ Sports Complex (BOI), Katunayake ended in a draw. Scores:

Sri Lanka Board President’s XI – 323/6 dec (Gunathilaka 98, Samarawickrama 80, Priyanjan 56no, Nisanka 35, A.K.Perera 32, Patel 5/41, Somerville 1/70)

Sri Lanka defeated the touring New Zealanders by 6 wickets to win the first Test played at the Galle International Stadium. Scores:

NZ, 1st Innings – 249 (Taylor 86, Nicholls 42, Raval 33, Latham 30, Dananjaya 5/80, Lakmal 4/29)

Sri Lanka, 1st Innings – 267 (Dickwella 61, Mendis 53, Mathews 50, Lakmal 40, Karunaratne 39, Patel 5/89, Somerville  3/83, Boult 2/45)

NZ, 2nd Innings – 285 (Walling 77, Latham 45, Somerville 40no, Embuldeniya 4/90, de Silva 3/25, Kumara 2/31)

Sri Lanka, 2nd Innings – 268/4 (Karunaratne 122, Thirimanne 64, Boult 1/34)

Player of the Match: Dimuth Karunaratne (Sri Lanka)  

The touring New Zealanders beat Sri Lanka by an Innings and 65 runs to win the Second Test, played at the P.Sara Oval, Colombo. Scores:

Sri Lanka, 1st Innings – 244 (De Silva109, Karunaratne 65, Mendis 32, Southee 4/63, Boult 3/75, Sommerville 1/20, Grandhomme 1/35, Patel 1/48)

New Zealand 1st Innings – 431/6 dec (Latham 154, Watling 105, Grandhomme 83, Perera 3/114, Embuldeniya 2/156, Kumara 1/115)

Sri Lanka, 2nd Innings – 122 (Dickwella 51, Mendis 20, Southee 2/15, Boult 2/17, Patel 2/31, Somerville 2/49)

Player of the Match: Tom Latham (New Zealand)

Player of the Series: B. J. Watling (New Zealand)

The 2-match series was levelled 1-1.  

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Non Infectious Diseases (NIDs) claim the lives of more than 100,000 persons in Sri Lanka annually. Of the 103,500 deaths reported, 10,000 succumbed due to diabetes, Health Ministry statistics indicates. Of adults in the country, 23.7% suffer from high blood cholesterol and/or are under medication for the disease. In terms of gender, 19.1% of adult males and 28.4% of female adults suffer from the condition, new research has revealed. Of those in the 40-69 age group, 9% face a 30% risk of being prone to heart diseases. Of the total adult population in the country, more than 90% suffer from at least one critical element of non contagious diseases, it has further come to light. Of this number, 73.5% suffer from one to two NIDs related critical factors, while 18.3% have three to five such elements, according to the new research. Heart diseases have been identified as the No. 1 killer in terms of NIDs in Sri Lanka, with 30% of the total deaths reported from hospitals, the Health Ministry said. The major major causes of NIDs are smoking, consumption of alcohol, consuming unhygienic food and lack of exercise, it noted. (Sunday Island, 4.8.2019)

Life has changed for those from Kilinochchi, Badulla, Moneragala and Batticaloa thanks to the water harvesting project of the Lanka Rain Water Harvesting Forum (LRWHF) which is nearing completion. The three-year project to provide safe disaster-resilient drinking water to floods and drought prone areas in the island commenced in 2016. The project also sought to provide more efficient disaster-resilient water supplies to vulnerable communities, strengthen the capacity of disaster-prone communities and institutionalization of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) policies and practices related to flood and drought management. The project is funded by the USAID. While nearly 17,900 people from 391 households in the Kilinochchi, Badulla, and Moneragala Districts have been blessed with safe drinking water by the LRWHF’s project, 48 schools and ten medical clinics have been installed with RWH units. In terms of storage facility and capacity, 8,000 litre capacity storage tanks are promoted for domestic use while, 10,000 to 16,000 litre capacity tanks are promoted for hospitals and 30,000 litre capacity for schools. A domestic RWH tank in the dry zone which receives less than 900 mm annual rainfall can meet the daily water demand of 60-70 litres for cooking and drinking, during the driest days off a small roof (50 m2) catchment. The project is providing safe drinking water and promoting sanitation facilities among 4200 families from 25 Grama Niladhari Divisions in five Divisional Secretariat Divisions of Batticaloa. Pure drinking water facilities are also provided for 54 government schools, benefitting around 10000 students.. Only 30% of the households in the entire Batticaloa District have piped water connections and many of them cannot afford water connections. (Daily Island, 10.8.2019)

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                               ACQUISITIONS   FOR  THE  MONTH  OF  JULY  2019


  1. Constitutional Reform and Crisis in Sri Lanka edited by Asanga Welikala, 2019
  2. Sri Lanka: The Recent Past, Brief Essays in History & Politics by Prf. K. M. de Silva, 2018
  3. Ethnic Conflict in Buddhist Societies in South and Southeast Asia, edited by Prof. K. M. de Silva, 2015
  4. Sri Lanka: Come Wind, Come Weather. A Political History of Sri Lanka Since Independence in Narrative Form, Vol 1,2015,by Prof. K. M. de


  1. Sri Lanka: Come Wind, Come Weather. A Political History of Sri Lanka Since Independence in Narrative Form, Vol 2,2016,by Prof. K. M. de


  1. A Field Guide to the Bats of Sri Lanka by Wipula Bandara Yapa, 2017.
  2. The Kandy Asala Maha Perahera by Lorna Dewaraja, 2018.
  3. The ‘Traditional Homelands’ of the Tamils. Separatist Ideology in Sri Lanka: A Historical Appraisal, by Prof K. M. de Silva, 2013.
  4. The Odyssey & Living Legacy of sieur de La Nerolle. The French Lieutenant of the Expedition Escadre de Perse to Ceylon in 1672 by Yasmin 

    Rajapakse, 2018.

      (No’s 1 – 9, donated by Hemal Gurusinghe, Chelsea Heights, Vic)

  1. Marian Epic, Tewatta’s Fulfilment. The Dedication of the Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka, February 6, 1974.
  2. The Enchanted Circle, A Sri Lankan Memoir of the Rosary by Manny Candappa, 1997
  3. The Palm of His Hand, by E. C. T. Candappa, 2003
  4. Parish Hymnal, St Mary’s Church, Dehiwela, Sri Lanka, 1991.
  5. ‘Sing Every Song’ – Bi lingual Song Book, Sri Lanka, 2001
  6.  Sri Lanka’s Secrets. How the Rajapaksha Regime Gets Away With Murder by Trevor Grant, 2014.
  7. Journey for Justice, The Life & Work of Rev. Fr Michael Rodrigo, OMI  by Nandini Gunewardena, 2017.
  8. Ceylon, Historical Sketch & Guide by The Ceylon Publicity Committee.
  9.  The Power of Good People, Surviving Sri Lanka’s Civil War, by Para Paheer & Alison Corke, 2017.
  10.  Symbols of Conflict, A Novel by Cedric Forster, 1989
  11. Emergency ’58, The Story of the Ceylon Race Riots by Tarzie Vittachi, 1958
  12. Tenth Parliament of Sri Lanka, compiled and edited by W. G. Goonerathne & R. S. Karynarathne, 1989
  13. Parliament of Sri Lanka – Lake House, Colombo
  14. The Catholic Church in Sri Lanka, The British Period, Vol 1, 1795 – 1844, The Colombo Vicariate, by Fr. V. Perniola, SJ, 1992.
  15. Reflections – Ceylonese Welfare Organisation Inc, Foundation & Journey, 1973 – 2012 (Facsimile) 
  16. A History of the Southern Vicariate of Colombo, Sri Lanka, being also, The History of the Apostolate of the Sylvestrine-Benedictine Monks in the

     Island, by Dom Bede Barcutta, OSB, 1991.

               (No’s 10 – 25, donated by Clair Herft, Glen Waverley, Vic)

  1. A Concise History of Ceylon, From the Earliest Times to the Arrival of the Portuguese in 1505, by Nicholas & Paranavitana, 1961.
  2. Essays in Railroading by Udaya Peeligama, 2016.
  3. Essays on Ceylon Railways (1864 – 1964), by Hemasiri Fernando, 2017.
  4.  Tales of the Blue Elephant, Life & Times with the Ceylon Police by Douglas Ranmuthugala, 2000.
  5.  Symbols of Conflict, A Novel by Cedric Forster, 1989.
  6.  Birdsong & Other Tales by Carl Muller, 2000.
  7.  Crosscurrents, Sri Lanka & Australia at Cricket by Michael Roberts & Alfred James, 1998.
  8.  Aspects of Sinhala Folklore by J. B. Disanayaka, 2004.
  9.  Best Loved Folk Tales of Sri Lanka by Manel Ratnatunga, 1999.
  10.  Evolution & Development of Water & Soil Conservation Ecosystems from Ancient Dry Zone Forest Garden to Modern Jaffna Market Garden by 
  11. L. O. Mendis, 2001.
  12. WTO, Globalization & Eppawala after Seattle, edited by D. L. O. Mendis, 2000.
  13.  Pugwash, Globalization & Eppawala – Pugwash Betrayed ? or Eppawala Betrayed ? by D. L. O. Mendis, 2000.
  14. History of Kingship in Ceylon, up to the Fourth Century AD, by Tilak Hettiarachchy, 1972.
  15.  Guide to Ceylon (Sri Lanka), by H. A. J. Hulugalle, 1973
  16. Ceremonial Dances of the Sinhalese, An Inquiry into Sinhalese Folk Religion, by Otaker Pertold, 1973.
  17.  Wild Ceylon, Describing in Particular the Lives of the Present-Day Veddas, by R. L. Spittel1951.
  18.  Ceylon, A General Description of the Island & Its Inhabitants, by Henry Marshall, 1969.
  19.   Water Heritage of Sri Lanka by D. L. O. Mendis, 2002
  20. Village Folk Tales of Ceylon, collects and translated by H. Parker, Vol 1, 1971.
  21.   Village Folk Tales of Ceylon, collects and translated by H. Parker, Vol 2, 1972.
  22. Village Folk Tales of Ceylon, collects and translated by H. Parker, Vol 3, 1973.
  23. A History of Sri Lanka, by Prof . K. M. de Silva, 2005.
  24. Bronzes From Ceylon Chiefly in the Colombo Museum, Series A, Mo 1, by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, 1914
  25. Rail 2000, Sri Lanka Railway, 1864 – 2000 by Priyal de Silva, 2000.
  26.  Innovation & Self – Reliance, Kulasinghe Felicitation Volume, History of Engineering in Sri Lanka, Vol 2, Part 1, by D. L. O. Mendis, 2001.
  27. Celebrations – Fifty Years of Sri Lanka Interactions, edited by C. A. & I. H. vanden Driesen,
  28. Art of the Ancient Sinhalese, by Senarat Paranavitana, 1971.
  29. The Story of Sigiri, by Senarat Paranavitana, 1972.
  30. Island of Light, Buddhism in Sri Lanka by T. Y. Lee, 2010.
  31. The Light of Asia, by Sir Edwin Arnold, 1994.
  32. The Story of Sinhalese Painting, by D. B. Dhanapala, 1957.
  33. Stories from the History of Ceylon, Book 1, by Marie Musaeus-Higgins, 1997.
  34. Railways of Sri Lanka, by David Hyatt, 2000
  35. Early Prints of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) 1800 – 1900, by R. K. de Silva, 1985.
  36. Ridma Rekha, A collection of deco-motifs based on traditional style. Decorative Motiffs by Jayasiri Semage, 1996.
  37. Lost Cities of Asia, by Wim Swaan, 1976.
  38. Water For People & Nature, Arumugam Commemoration Volume, Sri Lanka Water Heritage, History of Water Conservation, Vol 2, by Bhadra

            Kamaladasa, 2003

              (No’s 26 – 62, donated by Mrs Srimathie de Zoysa, Glen Waverley (Her late Husband, Nihal de Zoysa’s Collection)           


  1. Lanka Railway Digest, Ten Issues from Vol 1, Issue 2 to Vol 6, Issue 1 (assorted)

 (No 1, donated by Mrs Srimathie de Zoysa, Glen Waverley (Her late Husband, Nihal de Zoysa’s Collection)

  1. ‘Serendib’, The In Flight Magazine of Sri Lankan Airlines, Vol 39, No 3, May 2019.
  • ‘Serendib’, The In Flight Magazine of Sri Lankan Airlines, Vol 39, No 4, June 2019.
  • ‘Lankan Isle’, A Collector’s Digest, Vol 2, No 2, April – June 2019 

  (No’s 1 – 3, donated by Hemal Gurusinghe, Chelsea Heights, Vic)

  • ‘The Ceylankan’ -Journals of the Ceylon Society of Australia, Journal 68 to 85, inclusive.

  (No 4, donated by Clair Herft, Glen Waverley, Vic)

  • ‘Serendib’, The In Flight Magazine of Sri Lankan Airlines, Vol 39, No 4, June 2019.
  • ‘Serendib’, The In Flight Magazine of Sri Lankan Airlines, Vol 39, No 5, July 2019.

  (No’s 6 – 7, donated by Shenon Fernando, Roxburgh Park, Vic)


  1. Large selection of assorted Newsletters – Australia / Sri Lanka Welfare Guild Inc, Ceylonese Welfare Organisation Inc, Eighty Club Melbourne 


            (No’s 1, donated by Clair Herft, Glen Waverley, Vic)

  1. Newsletter – Eighty Club Melbourne Inc, 2nd Edition, July – October 2019, Newsletter No 149.
  2. Newsletter  – Ceylonese Welfare Organisation Inc (CWO), Vol 37, Issue No 2
  3. “Silverscene” – Newsletter, Silver Fawn Club Inc, Qld, Issue: July / August 2019
  4. Newsletter – Burgher Welfare League of WA Inc, Vol 30.1, July 2019.
  5. :Outreach: Newsletter – Voluntary Outreach Club Inc, July 2019.


  1. Souvenir, “Off the Beaten Tack 2019”, CDF Transport Annual Ball
    (No 1, donated by Hemal Gurusinghe, Chelsea Heights, Vic

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(E & O.E.)
(JULY  2019)
Victor Meldor

HENDRICKS – FERGUS,  husband of the late Maureen, father of Portia and Shawn, father-in-law of Silmiya, grandfather of Dephane. Brother of Horatious & late Lorna, late Hiyazeene & Boby Crusz, Fabian & Lorraine, Sheila & Herbert Kreltsheim, Rodney & Wendy and Esme & Ralph De Visser, in Sri Lanka. (Daily News 4.7.2019) 

MARTYN – SCHOLASTICE (MARIE),  wife of G. A. (Maurice) Martyn, mother of Sandra Walgama, Charmaine Mathews and Sean Martyn, grandmother of Shane, Jessica, Shanese, Shontel, Shanelle and Stefan. Daughter of late Clement and Zena Pereira, sister of late Kevin, Angela, Therese, Bernard, Marie, Annette and Bernadette, in Sri Lanka. – 74, Halpe Mawatha, Kandana, Sri Lanka. (Daily News 9.7.2019) 

KELLY – GERTRUDE, wife of late Rex Kelly, mother of late Trevor, Tyronne, Therese, Rhonda, Radley, Sandra and late Rennet, daughter and sons-in-law, grandchildren and great grandchildren, in Sri Lanka. (Daily News 11.7.2019)

PULLE – BERTHA MONICA (nee Marcelline), wife of Dr Christopher Pulle. Daughter of Mr & Mrs B.M. Marcelline, sister of Frances, Greg, Annette, Heddy, Mark, Berny, Billy and Hilary, sister-in-law of the Pulle family – Dunstan, late Josephine, Stan and Austin, on July 7, 2019, in California, USA (Daily News, 13.7.2019 and contributed)

ROELOFSZ – ANGELA DAISY,  wife of Malcolm, mother of Jennifer and Geoffrey, mother-in-law of Peter, on May 25, 2019, aged 102, in Sydney. (Sydney Morning Herald, 13.7.2019)

JOACHIM – CLAUDE DENZIL, father of Aubrey and Doyne Joachim, father-in-law of Nelum and Angela, grandfather of Ryle and Dale, Nichole, Linda and Suzette, great grandfather of Zara and Hazel, in Sydney on July 10, 2019, aged 96 years. (Elanka, 12.7.2019)

BARTLETT – DR RENE. Wife of late Dr Jayam. Sister of Inez Gunawardena and of the late Bertille De Silva, Leah Fernando, Maureen Jayatilleke, Dr Melva Perera and the late Fr Claver  Perera, in Sri Lanka. – 19, First Lane, Ratmalana, Sri Lanka. (Daily News, 20.7.2019)

JESURASINGHAM – DR ANTHONY ALEXANDER, husband of Imelda, father of Nathan and Elaine. Brother of Violet, Wilfred, Josephine, Hamilton, Daisy, Fr Patrick, Philip, Jeyam, Nessy and Rajie, in Brisbane, aged 84 years. (Brisbane Courier Mail, 20.7.2019)

FERNANDO – MARY BEATRICE,  wife of late Stanley Fernando, mother of Sunimal and Chrysanthe. Sister of the late Eva, Leela, Mervyn, Violet and Margie, in Sydney. (Daily News, 25.7.2019)

VANDERWERT – ROLLO, husband of Betzy, father and father-in-law of Dexter – Asuntha, Pollyann – Kumar Fernando, Sharon, Marissa – Olga Perera, Chomo – Tharanga, Sandra – Jude Gunasekera, Rezleigh – Pomoda, grandfather of Christine, Marlon, Fiorenza, Tania, Sara, Shanie, Naveen, Kevin, Genesius and Malathi, great grandfather of Malinka, Maleesha, Khane, Eron, Jeynon, in Sri Lanka. – 152, Suhada Mawatha, Mahahunupitiya, Negombo, Sri Lanka. (Daily News 25.7.2019)

APONSO – LUCIAN STANLEY, husband of late Berryl, father of Shivanthie and Lasha, father-in-law of Toni and Gerard. Brother of late Nimal (George), Connie and Jackson, in Melbourne on July 22, 2019. (Daily News, 26.7.2019)

MOLLIGODA – ERIC WENDY (nee Pereira), 03.02.1944  – 10. 07.2019, wife of Bandula, mother of Suriya. Sister of Joan, Edda (Switz), Jeanne, late Heather, Sylvia (Lalla) and Megan (UK), Rudy, Clem and Esther (Aust), in Melbourne. < > (Daily News, 26.7.2019 & 31.7.2019)) 

GUNASINGHE – E.D., husband of Chandralatha, father of Darshana and Ajitha, father-in-law of Yameng and Tharishi, grandfather of Ruwana and Sarah, Seshan, Luckni, Harini, Kushil, Chaniru and Ashni, great grandfather of Isaiah, in Sydney. (Daily News, 27.7.2019)

ELIAS – CLEMENT JOHN, husband of Margo (dec), father of Neil (dec), Sandie (dec) and Trish, grandfather of Tracey, Nigel, Marion, Jo, Mel and Kate, great grandfather of 9, in West Australia. (The West Australian, 27.7.2019)

FRANCIS – JOSEPH  JEROME, husband of Gail, father of Jason and Joel. Son of late Giles and Therese (Dolly), brother of late Jennifer and of Darrel, brother-in-law of Dicky, Jacqueline, Dave Rhonda, Astrid, Tania and Kevin, in Sri Lanka. (Sunday Observer, 28.7.2019)

FAREED – YVONNE (YASMIN),  nee Koch, wife of late Colonel A. M. M. Fareed, mother of Rev. Richard and Dawn Brohier, grandmother of Andre and Amanda, great grandmother of Asher, Sierra and Aaliyah. Daughter of late Walter and Ruby Koch, sister of late Mervyn, late Zena Koch (Syd), Mavis & late Elmo White (Syd), late Louis & Fortune (UK), sister-in-law of late Inudeen, late Kahideen & Lyna, in Sri Lanka. (Daily News 31.7.2019)

Note: All spelling of names as taken from Sri Lankan newspapers

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