From Ceylon to Australia: Migrant Journeys, 1860s-to-2010s – By Michael Roberts Source : thuppahis Earl Forbes, whose chosen title in The Ceylankan is “Ceylon/Sri Lanka to Australia: Arrivals and Survival” Ceylonese/Sri Lankans have entered Australia for a variety of reasons during the past one and a half centuries.  The far greater number of these arrivals occurred in the second half of the twentieth century and first two decades of the 21st century.  Early arrivals go as far back as the last two decades of the nineteenth century. Early Arrivals Before Australian Federation on 01 January 1901, there is evidence of arrivals from Ceylon, mainly to Queensland and a very small number to Victoria and Western Australia.  In 1882, a sizable number of Ceylonese arrived in Queensland as indentured labour. With the expansion of sugar cane planting in Queensland at that time, there was an ever-present need for labour to work the plantations. In November 1882 ...

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Kangaroo Vs Lions ; 140-Yr Sticks & Stones Rivalry Reconciled with All-Yellow Bat & Ball Game – By KKS Perera Source:dailymirror.lk British rock band Coldplay’s “Yellow” released on 26 June -2000 reached number four on the UK Singles Chart: they sang….  “Look at the stars” Look how they shine for you And everything you do Yeah, they were all yellow Australian cricket authorities and players responded positively to a tour that was hanging in balance after political insecurity and the economic catastrophe that prevailed. Appreciating their gesture, spectators kept their ‘blues’ in wardrobes and sported yellow on Friday; a well deserved accolade for sporting Kangaroos, ending a record five-match series victory for the Lions. The most luminous colour of the spectrum, Yellow captures our attention of happiness, optimism, enlightenment and creativity.  The ‘Tampa Bay Lightning’ is a professional ice hockey team based in Tampa, Florida, banned fans entering in opposing teams’ ...

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Australia releases Sri Lankan family from island detention   Source:-www.dw.com Australia’s conservative government will allow the release of a Tamil asylum-seeking family from the Christmas Island detention center in the Indian Ocean, officials said Tuesday. The Sri Lankan family of four, who were living in the small Queensland town of Biloela before their detention, have been the center of a campaign that sought the shutdown of Australia’s offshore asylum detention camps. Public anger grew recently after the 4-year-old daughter was flown to Perth for medical treatment for a blood infection, and only her mother was allowed to travel with her. Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said the family would stay in Perth while they exhaust their legal options, as the government came under backlash over its handling of the case. “In making this determination, I am balancing the government’s ongoing commitment to strong border protection policies with appropriate compassion in circumstances involving children in detention,” Hawke ...

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Patron Anton Swan receives OAM in Australia Day Honours OAM honours for Anton Swan Source: Sri Lanka Sports Association of Queensland Anton Swan, Honorary Consul for Sri Lanka in Queensland and Sri Lanka Sports Association patron, was awarded an OAM (Medal in the Order of Australia) in the Australia Day Honours issued today (January 26). Mr Swan received his award for his selfless service to the Sri Lankan community in Queensland. Apart from his long-standing involvement with the SLSAQ, Mr Swan also is the patron of the Federation of Sri Lankan Organisations of Queensland and Sri Lanka Ex-Servicemen’s and Police Association Queensland. He is the Dean of the Consular Corps of Queensland, made up of consuls and consul-generals representing 47 countries. Among his other many achievements, he spearheaded the successful Disaster Relief Fund and coordinated the Sri Lanka pavilion at Expo ’88. He was among 570 recipients in the General ...

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Sri Lankan cardiologist honoured in Australia Source: Sunday Island 28th Jan 2018 Dr Kumar Gunawardane (right) and Mrs. Gunawardane after the award. A Sri Lanka-born cardiologist, Dr Kumar Gunawardane, has been bestowed the most prestigious award – CONSULTANT EMERITUS by The TOWNSVILLE HOSPITAL AND HEALTH SERVICE BOARD. The presentation was made by the Minister for Health, Queensland, Dr. Steven Miles at a glittering staff excellence award ceremony. This was attended by many local dignitaries including the state and federal parliamentarians and the Mayor of Townsville Cr Jenny Hill. Dr Steven Miles also presented a floral bouquet to Mrs Shirani Gunawardane honouring her selfless contribution to her husband’s career. Dr Gunawardane’s initial cardiology training was with Dr Ivor Obeysekare and Dr N. Walloopillai at the General Hospital, Colombo. Subsequently, he worked as Registrar in the Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Regional Cardiac Service UK and the Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane, the leading cardiothoracic institution ...

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