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Bandaranaike International Airport 1969

Bandaranaike International Airport 1969

Mural at the newly opened Bandaranaike International Airport in 1969. The airport began as a Royal Air Force airfield in 1944 during the Second World War, RAF Station Negombo. In 1957, Prime minister S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike removed all the British Military airfields from Ceylon (Sri Lanka), and the airfield was handed over to the Royal…
Central Bank in 1973

Central Bank in 1973

Queens Street, Central Bank, Light-House Clock Tower, Fort, Colombo in 1973. Central Bank Headquarters was first housed at ‘Simes’ building which was also known as ‘House of Cargills’ at York Street, in Fort in 1950. In 1955, Central Bank Headquarters was moved to the ‘Hemas’ building which was located in…
Gregory Peck in Kandy

Gregory Peck in Kandy

Gregory Peck as the Canadian pilot Bill Forrester serving in the Royal Air Force in Burma with the Burmese actress Win Min. A large part of the film was shot in Sigiriya. Among other Lankan locations were Kitulgala, Puttalam, Wilpattu, Dambulla, Colombo and the Mt. Lavinia hotel. The British Royal…
The Balana range c. 1816

The Balana range c. 1816

The summit of the Balani Mountain drawn on the spot by Lieut. William Lyttleton engraved by M. Dubourg. (which we believe is the Balana range)William Thomas Lyttleton, born in 1786 in England was an early 19th century painter and soldier who lived and painted in Van Diemen’s Land & Ceylon.…
Trincomalee had a Royal ship named after it in 1812!

Trincomalee had a Royal ship named after it in 1812!

HMS Trincomalee is a Royal Navy Leda-class sailing frigate built shortly after the end of the Napoleonic Wars named after the 1782 Battle of Trincomalee off the Ceylon port of that name. She is now restored as a museum ship in Hartlepool, England. Trincomalee is one of two surviving British frigates of her era—her near-sister HMS Unicorn (of the modified Leda class) is now a museum ship in Dundee. After…
Of Mudliyars & Pythons of years gone-by!

Of Mudliyars & Pythons of years gone-by!

ModeliaarGeneraal der Singaleezen by Jacob Haafner – A colored engraving by R. Vinkeles after a drawing by J. Haafner from Second edition, first published in Amsterdam in 1810. – A journey on foot through Ceylon from Jaffnapatnam to Colombo by Jacob Haafner (1755-1809), bookkeeper in the factory of the Dutch…
Thuparama Dagoba in April, 1901

Thuparama Dagoba in April, 1901

The Thuparama Dagoba by J.A. Skeen, Government Printer, Ceylon &  Justin Athelstan. It is a part of a collection of prints called ‘The Royal Visit to Ceylon April, 1901’ preceded by a description of the events of the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York (later H.M.…
Khakis from Korea in Colour 1955

Khakis from Korea in Colour 1955

British Soldiers ride in a rickshaw, Fort, Colombo, Ceylon on 14th July 1955. Photo Credits – Michael King. Grainy & not being focused, yet the picture paints an image of youthful vibrancy & action.Michael King, a keen photographer who was placed with the Royal Engineers for one year as part…
Ceylon Tea Café Bar in Melbourne, 60yrs ago!

Ceylon Tea Café Bar in Melbourne, 60yrs ago!

A Ceylon Tea Centre was established to boost the Australian tradition of drinking Tea in 1959 in Melbourne, Australia. Australians was able to drink their traditional cup of tea under ideal conditions at a new Ceylon Tea Centre in Melbourne. The Tea Bureau, as Ceylon Tea Board was known then,…