Development of the tea industry in Sri Lanka: Talk by Roderick de Sylva at the CSA Meeting held in Sydney on 28 February 2022: a short summary – by Adam Raffel The first meeting of the Ceylon Society of Australia (CSA) for 2022 was held on the 28th of February at the Pennant Hills Community Centre. The speaker was Roderick de Sylva who gave an interesting talk on the development of the tea industry in Sri Lanka.  Roderick shared his expertise and drew on his considerable experience in the tea industry as Tea Taster, Tea Buyer, Tea Blender and Tea Marketer with Lipton Ceylon, where he commenced work in 1973 as a ‘Trainee Tea Executive’. He gave a short history of the tea industry in Ceylon starting with the clearing of the upcountry jungles by the British and then gave a detailed presentation on the aspects of tea cultivation and ...

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Meeting of the Ceylon Society of Australia on Sunday, 27th February 2022 talk will be by Roderick de Sylva on “The Development of the Tea Industry in Sri Lanka”   Members of CSA and guests are welcome to the Meeting of the Ceylon Society of Australia on Sunday, 27th February 2022 commencing at 6.30 pm at the Main Hall of the Pennant Hills Community Centre on Level 1, Ramsay Road, Pennant Hills, NSW 2120.  Ramsay Road is off Yarrara Road and the Community Centre is opposite the Pennant Hills Railway Station.  The entrance to the building is from the car park at the back of the building. The talk will be by Roderick de Sylva on “The Development of the Tea Industry in Sri Lanka”, followed by a Q&A. The meeting will conclude with the usual social with tea/coffee and some short eats. A donation to the CSA to help ...

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You are invited, to join us for an evening of friendship, tea, food, and an entertaining talk…. CEYLON SOCIETY OF AUSTRALIA MELBOURNE CHAPTER At our next meeting Prof Anoma Pieris will present an illustrated talk on “Mrs. B, BMICH and the Non-Aligned Summit Architecture” The fifth Non-Aligned Movement summit in Colombo hosted by Sirimavo Bandaranaike’s 1970-77 government was a spectacular international event, unlike any other held previously in the city, not for its pomp and ceremony, but for its anti-imperialist politics, its call for nuclear disarmament and, above all, its delegates, leaders of newly decolonised nations seeking ‘Third World Solidarity’. Indira Gandhi, Anwar Sadat, Muammar Gaddafi, Cardinal Marcos, and others, glided by in two-toned maroon-and-cream Holden Statesman sedans, and Josip Broz Tito in his six-door Mercedes Benz limousine, cheered on by waiting crowds. Dignitaries were accommodated in American-designed multinational hotels completed during the 1970s, and the host venue for the ...

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OBITUARY IINEZ SOURJAH (6-10-1929- 8-9-2021) by Hugh Karunanayake It is with much sadness that I refer to the death of a dear friend, CSA member Inez Sourjah who  passed away in her sleep in the afternoon of 8 Septmber 2021. Inez was the dearly beloved wife of the late Dr Robert Sourjah who passed away last year. She was the mother of Rohan and Lalin. Rohan is of course the founding Hony Secretary of the Ceylon Society of Australia, a foundation member, who has rendered yeoman service in the formation of the Society nearly 25 years ago. I recall the pre-foundation dinners that were hosted by a small coterie of friends and fellow travellers in pursuit of memories and links with an almost forgotten country then called Ceylon. Rohan and his wife Deanne  hosted the third such dinner.Those get- togethers were to herald the formation of what is now known ...

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Ceylon Society of Australia – First General Meeting 2021 At 6.00 PM on Sunday 28 February – Talk by Prianga de Fonseka First General Meeting 2021 At 6.30 PM on Sunday 28 February Venue: Pennant Hills Community Centre Hall, Cnr. Ramsay Road (off Yarrara Road), Pennant Hills. Talk by Prianga de Fonseka RIBA, Graduate in Architecture (UTS) Principal Design Architect – Design Director. will speak on “The History and Development of Architecture in Sri Lanka” Prianga will show how Architecture has progressed in Sri Lanka by highlighting significant examples of projects from the pre-historic era through to the present, comparing its evolution to other civilisations around the world. The development of architecture in the present and recent past after the colonial period, and the influence of this era on traditional local architecture and how this was adapted to suit our tropical climate, is significant in the evolution of architecture of ...

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  Photos from the Ceylon Society of Australia – Quarterly Meeting with Guest Speaker Dr Raja C.Bandaranayake Photos from the Ceylon Society of Australia – Quarterly Meeting held on Sunday 23rd February 2020 at the Pennant HIlls Community Centre with Guest Speaker Dr Raja C.Bandaranayake Click here or on the photos below to view the full album of photos on eLanka Facebook page     ...

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eLanka – January 2020 – Vol: 1 – Events + Sponsors & Advertisers of eLanka – Happy New Year! 2020! Click here or on the image below to read this week’s elanka Newsletter Happy Australia Day The Good Shepherd Parish Novena Group – & The Disciples of the Infant Jesus of Prague – Invite you to the 17th Annual CELEBRATION of the FEAST of the HOLY and MIRACULOUS Infant JESUS of PRAGUE “Paduru Sajje” Royal -Thomian Cricket encounter in Sydney Ceylon Society of Australia – Quarterly Meeting Sunday 23rd February 2020 Good-Shepherd Convent – Colombo Sri Lanka – Past Pupils’ Association in NSW presents – Sesquicentennial Gala (Sydney event) Sinha Entertainment proudly presents – MARIANS LIVE IN ADELAIDE 2020 Click below for events ...

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The Ceylon Society of Australia AGM and Social 2019 – By Sunil de Silva (Photos thanks to Mahal Selvadurai) 30 November 2019 saw an exceptional event – the Social following the Annual General Meeting of the Ceylon Society of Australia. The venue was the meeting hall at the Pennant Hills Community Centre, a hall converted beyond recognition, the handiwork of Pauline Gunewardene, the President of the CSA, with the assistance of several members of the Committee. The record attendance of 168 was comfortably accommodated at twenty tables festooned in eye catching décor in a thematic red pattern and set with wine glasses and ready for the entree of patties and cutlets ‘dished out’ by Manjula of Dish Catering. A fitting prelude to a mouth watering buffet dinner and dessert. Pauline clearly was the Queen of the Evening. First deftly steering the AGM which preceded the Social by half an hour ...

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