Kamal Samarasinghe, “Guest of Honour at RoyTho 2021, ‘ A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS, A TRUE GENTLEMAN, NATURALLY A THOMIAN” — S. Thomas’ College – Old Boys Association – NSW/ACT Source:-stcobasydney “A near fifty-year-old friendship with a kind, gentle and intelligent Thomian to his boot laces, has been a silver lining in my life “ I met Kamal Samarasinghe in 1970 when he played first XI cricket at S.Thomas’ College against St Benedicts. I myself had been at S.Thomas” Prep, for five years and had fond memories of my time there. St Thomas’ to me was a second home. Kamal was a wicketkeeper and a batsman of no mean repute. Our paths did not cross till we matched wits against each other at cricket. He with the bat and I with the ball. Memory fades but some remain despite the advent of time. Thomian openers in 1970 were Ravi Sathasivam ...

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S. THOMAS’ COLLEGE OLD BOYS’ ASSOCIATION,NSW/ACT     Dear Fellow Thomians, Announcement – New Committee STC OBA NSW/ACT 2020/2021 It is with great joy and satisfaction we announce the newly elected OBA committee for the forthcoming period 2020/2021. The new committee was appointed at the AGM concluded on Sunday 25 October 2020. Despite the prevailing social gathering restrictions due to COVID-19, the 2020 AGM was conducted in an atmosphere of friendship and camaraderie, interwoven with that intrinsic characteristic, “Thomian Spirit”. Whilst, Kulasiri Jayasinghe was elected President for another year, with him most current committee members will continue to serve, however, the highlight was the election of several young Thomians, some of them taking responsibility in the OBA’s executive committee. This will be the largest committee in the history of STC OBA NSW/ACT, since its inception in 1996. We thank all those who attended the AGM and others who sent their ...

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eLanka Newsletter – 19 July – 6th edition – Sri Lankans in Australia Click here or on the image below to read this week’s elanka Newsletter The Peterite Chorale: A Brief History “GOD’S CREATIONS, ALL” – By Des Kelly (Editor-In-Chief) eLanka Mr. TIDDY WIJERATNE – dedicated teacher and an inspiring cricket coach at St. Anthony’s College 6 Royalists have become Commander of Sri Lanka Navy ANURA TENNEKOON’S AUTOBIOGRAPHY – Passionately Cricket Noel News – By Noel Whittaker To Canada with Love from Sri Lanka – A Beautiful song presentation from Sri Lankans in Mississauga!. Anuradhapura Kingdom & heritage-Harold GunatillakeSCC & SCF – COVID-19 Community Support Program Open Mike with Emcee Duke Ramachandran “Brief introduction of the arrival of the Malays in Ceylon (Sri Lanka)”.By Noor Rahim Memories….photo of “Old Josephians in Melbourne 2015” Kerrigan La-Brooy #1 on Aussie Charts for the 2nd Consecutive Week SCC – Sri Lankan Food – Take ...

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eLanka Newsletter – July 5th edition – Sri Lankans in Australia Click here or on the image below to read this week’s elanka Newsletter To Canada with Love from Sri Lanka – A Beautiful song presentation from Sri Lankans in Mississauga!. This is HOW a newscaster SHOULD operate – By Des Kelly Kerrigan La-Brooy #1 on Aussie Charts for the 2nd Consecutive Week Sri Lanka for the first time records birth of twin elephant calves Australia’s greatest ever Test XI Down memory lane at Aluthmawatha St. Sylvester’s College: The forgotten school that produced top sportsmen without anything-BY HAFIZ MARIKKAR Anuradhapura Kingdom & heritage-Harold Gunatillake SCC & SCF – COVID-19 Community Support Program Open Mike with Emcee Duke Ramachandran ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF CEYLON – A LOOK INTO THE PAST – TEA CENTENARY YEAR SOUVENIR 1954 Edition Prasanna Kariyawasam and Umesh Idippily being interviewed at the 141st Battle of the Blues Click below ...

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Open Mike with Emcee Duke Ramachandran Source:STCOBASydney Rewind 1987, way before our OBA association was formed, a group of Royalist and Thomians organised a Harbour Cruise. With booze flowing and the crowd reveling in the festivities of the night, someone (our Royalist colleague) who could not make it all the way to the lower deck toilet, took his business to the flower pot!  Small job completed he then proceeded to grab the ‘plant with pot and all’ and hurl it into the harbour!  The official emcee of the night Rajan Saravanamuthu was immediately whizzed off to “cool down “the situation and the mike was thrust upon Duke to complete the night.  Like a duck taking to water he rose to the occasion and has ever since played an integral role at Thomian dances. From there on Duke recalls going to Thomian events at Ryde Civic and at the Scout Hall ...

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Royal Thomian Masters O50 Annual Encounter in Sydney, Australia 27th January 2020   STC Skipper Richie De Silva receiving the Randy Morrell Trophy from STC OBA NSW Patron Ananda Amaranath Reporting By Doosra The Royal Thomian 2020 Masters cricket match was played on Monday 27th January 2020, the day after Australia Day at the Kareela Reserve, Doonside cricket grounds. This year’s tournament was hosted by Royal. Thomian Captain Richie De Silva lost the toss and were asked to field first on an extremely sunny & humid day. Thomians found the spring in their step when Indy Gunawardhana at point took a catch inches off the ground off Don Jayasinghe’s bowling to send the Royal skipper Opener Neshan Dias packing home for 5 runs in the second over of the day. The other opener Aruna Wickremasinghe was soon shown the exit when Jerome Gasperson repeated the display of how to pluck ...

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Renowned restaurateur Manjula Fernando’s product launch Reporting from the event desk – Photos thanks to Lakshan Sangakkara of framelabs. 350 guests, friends and well-wishers converged at the Don Moore Community Centre, North Rocks with one thing in common; the love of Sri Lankan food and who better to tantalize their taste buds  but renowned Sydney Chef Manjula Fernando. The night represented the unveiling of this dynamic restaurateur’s “ALL IN ONE CURRY MIXES” and the congruous promotion of his tour venture Sri Lankan Travels. https://www.srilankantravels.com.au/about/ Amidst the buzz of heightened conversations and entrees emcee extraordinaire Duke Ramachandran warmly welcomed the attendees and in true Sri Lankan style the night got underway with the traditional lighting of the lamp by distinguished guests. Flanked by legendary Sri Lankan singer Desmond De Silva it was his wife Phyllis who took to the mike and warmly acknowledge Manjula’s dedication to his profession and his selfless ...

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SLANSW 2018 Winter Ball – A Night of Compassion in aid of Foodbank NSW & ACT (Photos thanks to RoyGrafix) On the 7th of July 2018 The Sri Lanka Association of New South Wales (SLANSW) held its annual Winter Ball in the lavish and glamorous surroundings of the Cockle Bay and Quay Room Balcony Level. This glittering event was attended by beautiful ladies in gorgeous sarees and classy evening gowns while the men were in their Seville row suits. The venue was beautifully and tastefully decorated and looked like a scene out of a movie. The theme of this event was called “A Night of Compassion” and the aim was to raise funds to fight hunger especially among those poverty-stricken Australians who are unable to spend money on nutritious foods and their children go to school hungry. According to Mr Gerry Anderson, CEO Foodbank one in five children in Australia ...

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