“PLANTERS PERSONIFIED” – by Des Kelly   From way back when, it was understood, that, to be a Planter in Ceylon was indeed, top lucrative employment in what was always classified as  a “classy” job. I have to say that I really do not know too much about “Coffee Planters”, but did have an Uncle (God rest his soul), who was the Superintendant on a Tea plantation in Warakapola, who lived like a king, in a beautiful, large home, complete with many “Domestic-aids”, at beck and call. As part of the family, we did spend some holidays with him, my Aunt, and a couple or three Cousins, and I could not help but notice the daily routine of this Planter-personified. His day would start very early each morning, as he would “attend” his plantation which consisted of many acres of lush green tea plants, already being looked after by mostly ...

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VICTOR  MELDER  SRI  LANKA LIBRARY 7, Benambra Street, Broadmeadows, Vic 3047, Australia. Telephone + 61 3 9309 4040 E-mail < melder.rjvm1935@bigpond.com > Web Site < www.vmsl-library.com >   THOSE WISHING TO DONATE BOOKS & OTHER PUBLICATIONS TO THIS LIBRARY, THEY ARE MOST WELCOME. PLEASE CONTACT ME AT ABOVE ADDRESS, BY EMAIL OR TELEPHONE. Thank You.                  ACQUISITIONS   FOR  THE  MONTH  OF  APRIL  2022 BOOKS. Laudetur Franciscus, A Man for Others, edited by Avishka Mario Senewiratne, 2022 (Donated by the Editor, Colombo, Sri Lanka) The Great Days of Colombo, A Journey of Colombo Through Times As Never Seen Before by Asiff Hussein, 2021. (Donated by the Author, Colombo, Sri Lanka) (Items 1 – 2 collected and brought to Australia by Jeremy De Lima, Vermont South, Vic) MAGAZINES NEWSLETTERS Newsletter, The Burgher Welfare League of WA Inc, Vol 32.3, March 2022 ‘Silverscene’, Newsletter of The Silver Fawn Club Inc, ...

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SRI LANKA CRICKET NEWS (APRIL 2022) Compiled by Victor Melder Sri Lanka national team will tour Bangladesh for a two-match Test series from May 15.The first Test will be held from May 15 to 19 at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium (ZACS) in Chattogram (formerly known as Chittagong) while the second Test will commence from May 23 to 27 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) in Minpuir, Dhaka. The series will be played under the ICC World Test Championship. The two-day practice match will be played prior to the Test series on May 11, 12 at MA Aziz Stadium, Chattogram. Sri Lanka Cricket confirmed this tour schedule yesterday. (Daily News, 1.4.2022 Englishman Chris Silverwood has been appointed as the new Head Coach of Sri Lanka’s national men’s cricket team. Silverwood takes up the position that has been vacant since January, after Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) decided against extending the two-year ...

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SRI LANKA NEWS (APRIL 2022) Compiled by Victor Melder President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has issued the Extraordinary Gazette declaring a public emergency in Sri Lanka with effect from April 01, 2022. The Gazette has been issued considering the prevailing situation in the country and in the interests of public security, the protection of public order and the maintenance of supplies and services essential to the life of the community. President Gotabaya has issued the Gazette under the powers vested in him by Section 2 of the Public Security Ordinance (Chapter 40), as amended by Act. No. 8 of 1959. Law No. 6 of 1978 and Act, No.28 of 1988. (Daily Mirror Online, 1.4.2022) Sri Lanka will need about $3 billion in external assistance over the next six months to help restore supplies of essential items including fuel and medicine, Finance Minister Ali Sabry told Reuters yesterday. “It’s a Herculean task,” said ...

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