eLanka Newsletter – 22nd September 2021 – 6th Edition – Sri Lankans In Australia Click here or on the image below to read this week’s elanka Newsletter Pam Ayers Ode to Corona Virus – By Des Kelly Kerrigan La-Brooy – Nominated in the Australian Country Music People’s Choice Awards in 6 Categories Spring Fair to lift our moods during lockdown Business Systems Certification – ISO Certification by Sydney-based Australian company owned by Sri-Lankan Australians Johns Hopkins Cancer Researcher Ashani Weeraratna Appointed To National Cancer Advisory Board By President Biden – by Upali Obeyesekere Peanut’s Password Panic! | JEFF DUNHAM’S Completely Unrehearsed Last-Minute Pandemic Holiday Special Spring Fair to lift our moods during lockdown Veteran Journalist Thalif Deen Takes Over as IDN Advisor By Ramesh Jaura Memories of Yore – By Noor Rahim Pancreas gland- what does it do for you?-By Dr Harold Gunatillake Kaleidoscope with Savithri Rodrigo 71 17 10 ...

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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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Dr Brendon Gooneratne-by Hugh Karunanayake Source:Island (28 March 1938- 21 June 2021) Dr Brendon Gooneratne, acclaimed physician, entrepreneur, author, antiquarian, collector,environmentalist and all round sportsman, passed away in Badulla where he was receiving treatment after a fall. The news of Brendon’s demise was communicated by his daughter Devika just a day following his death. Towering in physique, and with a broad bodily frame, Brendon was physically outstanding in any crowd. To add to that, he had a dominating, outspoken, and fearless attitude to life, which partly accounts for the many successes that he achieved during a multifaceted and unique lifetime. He also had his detractors, but that comes along as part of the baggage that success is wont to bring! ...

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HARRY DE SAYRAH OAM. J.P – 50 years of Service to the Community OLD JOSEPHIAN LION HARRY DE SAYRAH OAM. J.P – MELVIN JONES FELLOW – LIFE MEMBER OF THE 101 YEAR OLD LIONS CLIBS INTERNATIONAL THE LARGEST SERVICE ORGANISATION IN THE WORLD HAS SERVED THE COMMUNITIES OF SRI LANKA FOR 20 YEARS AND AUSTRALIA FOR 30 YEARS  IN 1969 LION HARRY WAS INVITED TO JOIN THE THEN LIONS CLUB OF COLOMBO BY LION COMMODORE MALCOLM DE COSTA – FORMER ADC TO A GOVERNOR GENERAL OF SRI LANKA HE WAS THE 1st ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE LIONS CLUB OF KOLLUPITIYA COLOMBO AND THE 39th PRESIDENT OF THE LIONS CLUB OF BANKSTOWN SYDNEY AND HELD VARIOUS RESPONSIBLE POSITIONS  ——————————————————————————— Harry de Sayrah reminisces…🏇🏆 Harry de Sayrah a proud product of St. Josephs College, Colombo 10 and now a resident of Australia counts 50 years of service to the community this year. ...

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Sunil de Silva – by Hugh Karunanayake My acquaintance with Sunil De Silva was mainly after he migrated to Australia in the early 1990s when I encountered him at a Sri Lanka Association dinner which he attended in formal attire replete with a curved pipe, (ala Sherlock Holmes) firmly placed in his mouth. We immediately acknowledged each other, he  recognizing me as a senior student from his old school and as a fellow denizen of a small town in Colombo called Pamankade. I  of course had seen him first as a rather rotund young hosteller at Royal College in around 1951/52, given to streaks of impish behaviour. No signs then of the great future that awaited him. A few years later I observed him when his parents moved from Galle to Harischandra Mawata in Pamankade. I use the word ‘observed” as I  had not spoken to him yet, but watched ...

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(Photo on left is of the interior of the church with the pew and baptismal font and a glimpse of the old Dutch chairs against the wall in the background. On the right is portrait of Dutch Governor Ryckloff Van Goens) Source: Sunday Island, October 1, 2017 That almost neglected but historic building in the Pettah, the Wolvendaal Church, is unique in many ways. It is one of the few buildings in Sri Lanka which link the Portuguese period of occupation of Sri Lanka right through the Dutch, and British periods, to independent Ceylon, and finally exists as a repository of culture of the Dutch who unsuccessfully sought to conquer the whole country. Some recent photographs show weather related damage to the exterior of the building, which seem to be receiving the attention of those who are in charge of The Dutch made their presence in Ceylon in 1640 with the ...

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