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

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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 to enable the CSA members to conclude the business of the AGM before the Hall was opened for friends and well wishers. Pauline was her usual efficient self, smoothly conducting the AGM with her President’s Report and the Financial Report for the preceding year. The AGM re elected the Committee for another year.

A special event was the AGM appreciating the immense contribution to the CSA over the years and the flawless production of the Ceylankan by Doug Jones, by unanimously conferring the Honour of Life Membership.

At the conclusion of the AGM, Pauline switched the microphone from her gubernatorial mode to that of the convivial hostess. She welcomed our Special Guest, the Sri Lanka Consul General, Nimal Bandara. The guests were then treated to a performance by Geoff Suede, the winner of Australia’s 2016 “Elvis Sing Along Contest at the Blue Mountains Elvis Festival”

While ‘Elvis’ was keeping the audience enchanted, three Raffle ticket sellers, Virasmi Perera, Rosani Wahab and Chrysanthe Fernando, who broke all previous records to sell almost $1000.00 worth of tickets for the draw via the ever ebullient Harry de Sayrah who organized donations for the prizes, injecting some badly need funds to the CSA coffers by the pure profit from the Raffle.

The function also  gratefully realised sponsorships from Avinder Paul of RAMS, Harry Solomons of Kingsgrove Sports Centre and Sunil’s Spice Centre.

Thiru Arumugam ran his signature Trivia contest but was beaten to the draw by Professor Raja Bandaranayke with an astounding ‘all correct’ answer sheet

We then had the cream of the evening, the CSA Singers led by Shirani Rodrigo at the Piano with Kevin Ruberu, Lucien Wijetunga, Aubrey Joachim providing the base voices to Devika De Fonseka, Rosani Wahab, Virasmi Perera and Pauline’s dulcet tones. The audience participation was comprehensive and augurs well for Sing Along gatherings in the next year.

Roger Menezes who had been providing great music for the Social wound up the evening by enticing almost the whole hall to the dance floor.

Images of the event were captured by Mahal Selvadurai. Her mercurial presence and the all seeing camera blended harmoniously through the evening.

Sunil de Silva

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Watch the Video – Ceylon Society of Australia (Sydney chapter) – Dinner and social at the Pennant Hills – 30th November 2019 – Filmed by Harold Gunatillake

This is a film taken at the Ceylon Society of Australia Dinner and social at the Pennant Hills, Community centre, Sydney. Over 200 members participated.

This video is all about the CEYLON SOCIETY OF AUSTRALIA (Sydney) Dinner and Social event on 30th November 2019.

Venue: Pennant Hills Community Centre.

A very relaxed enjoyable evening for over 200 members and guests

The participants had all the time to chit chat and have a laugh, and the buffet dinner was exquisite provided by “Dish”

Music was provided by Roger Menzies.






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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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Ceylon Society of Australia
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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Ceylon Society of Australia’s annual ‘fest’ best ever! – by Doug Jones – Photos thanks to Mahal Selvadurai

“Amazing night! splendid evening, outstanding success, enjoyed it immensely, Well done – super show!!! Everything went off like clockwork.” That was how many of the 140 members and guests described their experience of the Ceylon Society of Australia’s Annual Dinner and Social held at the Pennant Hills Community Centre hall on November 24. In more ways than one, the success of the evening was due to the enterprising leadership of the society’s new President Pauline Gunawardene, the first female to hold that office since inception.

The entire committee and other members and friends spared no pain in ensuring that the society’s annual function would be the ‘best ever’. Having ‘live’ music provided by Roger Menezes was an innovation, along with the introduction of a session of ballroom dancing to terminate the evening was a touch that was thoroughly enjoyed by all – expressed by their reluctance to leave the floor at closing time. Sri Lanka Consul General in NSW Lal Wickrematunge, who graced the occasion, enjoyed the evening by participating in the singing and dancing.

Formalities done with, guests appreciated the socialising with one another while wracking their memories for answers to Thiru Arumugam’s looked-forward to quiz; entertained with a brief comedy skit by Suren Jayamanne, followed by dinner. Next was the sing-along, a big feature of the social – familiar faces, including the Consul General, made up the choir. Roger Menezes on the guitar with Hyacinth Jones on the piano provided the music with all guests joining in with gusto. For the first time in the history of the society, a short session of ballroom dancing was provided. It was welcomed without reserve as seen by the numbers who thronged the floor. Without a doubt, the CSA’s annual social was the “best ever!”

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An absorbingly educational evening – From a Guest (photos thanks to Senanie de Silva)

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The Ceylon Society of Australia held its third public meeting for 2018 in the presence of 72 members and guests on a nippy Sunday night on August 26 at the Community Centre hall in Pennant Hills.

         Our speaker was Dr Palitha Kohona. He hails from Matale and had his early education at St Thomas College, Mount Lavinia. Thereafter, he obtained his LLB (Hons) at the University of Sri Lanka, a Masters in Law from the Australian National University and a Doctorate from Cambridge University in the UK. He is an Attorney-at-Law, Supreme Court of Sri Lanka and is Honorary Professor at Utah Valley University, USA.

             Dr Kohona is a citizen of both Sri Lanka and Australia and has served both countries as a diplomat, as well as serving as an international Civil servant at the United Nations. He has written extensively on a range of subjects.

               Sitting in the middle of the Indian Ocean at the southern tip of India, and at the cross roads of the monsoons, Dr Kohona said that Sri Lanka occupies an enviable strategic position. This geographically unique location has attracted numerous sailors, traders, holy men and even invaders in the country’s past. The Chinese were well represented among them for over two millennia as evidenced by the wrecks of the large number of Chinese vessels off the coast of Sri Lanka and the hordes of Chinese origin porcelain and coins being discovered regularly. At times, we elegantly parried these varied attentions and benefited from them. At other times we faltered and suffered. Now, Dr Kohona continued, we are facing another opportunity/challenge with China giving high priority to its well-funded Belt and Road Initiative.

                Today an additional factor must enter our considerations, the speaker pointed out. We possess a 200-mile exclusive economic zone and possibly a vast area of sea bed to which we have lodged a claim since 2009. The wealth of this area, both in the water column and trapped

in the sea bed, could make Sri Lanka a prosperous nation with

careful management.

                An absorbing question time was followed by the usual social.

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