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Photo Essays


This section captures articles and photo documentaries relating to the families produced by the webmaster as well as articles published elsewhere. These photo essays takes us to the very times and places covered in the preceding sections and brings it to it’s present day. In the history section, we also follow up with historical documentaries, necessary to understand the time frame of the narrations made in the rest of the website.

E. C. de Fonseka and the Royal Star & Garter Home

In 1922, the Star and Garter Home in the Borough of Richmond-Upon-Thames, UK, was the beneficiary of a substantial donation from a Sri Lankan philanthropist, Edmund Clarke de Fonseka M.B.E ...
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Island in the Stream

If you have traveled to the south of the Island, chances are that you went across the Kalutara Bridge and past the picturesque Kalutara Temple. If you did notice, the ...
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Ascot Avenue

Ascot Avenue:  This posh residential area owes its name to Major Edmund Clarence de Fonseka During the early part of the century, Edmund Clarke de Fonseka owned some of the largest ...
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ARCADIA – The home that lent it’s name to Arcadia Gardens.

Arcadia as painted in the early 1930's by Otto Scheinhammer (see footnote 2) ARCADIA(1) ;  A search of an Encyclopedia may describe it as a mountainous region of ancient Greece, ...
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Fonseka/Fonseca – Brands from around the world

de Fonseca of Italy : Check out this famous Italian fashion house, renowned for their slippers. The company founded over 30 years ago produces and sells over 10 million pairs ...
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The Gulf of Fonseca

The Fonseca Gulf or the 'Golfo de Fonseca' is located on the Pacific Ocean of Central America. It is an inlet of the Pacific Ocean, with a size of 700 ...
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The Brownrigg Gold Medal (1819)

Among the most cherished possessions in the collection of S. R. De Fonseka , (Mudaliyar) was a gold medal presented by Governor Brownrigg to Johannes De Fonseka, (Mudaliyar) dated 21st ...
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Mahawatta – The Dutch Grant

Mahawatta, in the Grandpass area of Colombo, is a property steeped in history. It has been identified with the D'andrado families for well over 200 years. In this page we ...
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De Fonseka Road

De Fonseka Road, which connects Dickman's Road and Vajira Road in the prestige residential area of Havelock Town in Colombo, was named after Mudaliyar Simon Richard De Fonseka. The lane ...
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The Henry Frederick Walauwa:

The old 'Walawwa' of Henry Fredrick de Fonseka still exists at 116/1 Horton Place, and is used by it's present owners, Tudawe Brothers as a Warehouse. The Front of the ...
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Kalutara De Fonseka Places

Telford Lodge, Kalutara ‘Telford Lodge’ was the home of John Henry de Fonseka. His children Henry Frederick, E.C, Frank, Luke, Emmy and Louise de Fonseka spent the early part of ...
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St. Kevin’s Bungalow – Then and Now

St. Kevin's bungalow was at one time the home of Mudaliyar S. R. De Fonseka, and appears  in the book '20th Century Impressions' (see the Reference Section), a veritable who's ...
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Alvinu Lowe Headstone

Alvinu Lowe : This photograph taken in 1997 shows the headstone of Alvinu Lowe's grave. Alvinu lowe was the Mudaliyar of Kammala Pattu (Ceylon Almanac 1839), Mudaliyar of Pitigal Korale ...
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History


History is given a different perspective, within these pages as we take you on a trip back in time, visiting some of the vary places mentioned elsewhere in this website. This page also covers significant events of that era, pluck their background stories  to gives us a broader understanding of our past. In keeping within the timeframe of the genealogical data presented elsewhere in this web site, we limit the scope of the study to a period beginning with the Kotte period and ending up in the British Period, in the later part of the 20th Century.

 

JAYAWARDHANAPURA: The capital of the kingdom of Sri Lanka 1400-1565 A. D.

JAYAWARDHANAPURA Kotte, as its name indicates was originally a fortified city; the word Kotte, is derived from the Malayalam word ...
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Remains of the Day – Kingdom of Kotte as it is today.

Thousands of people who travel daily down the parliament road and head for the city for their work, pass thru ...
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A virtual tour of Kotte

This page hopes to take you on a virtual tour of the remains of Kotte.  We start our journey from ...
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Early Prints of Kalutara and it’s Fort.

‘K’ is for Kalutara : From the evidence collected so far it seems that the De Fonsekas and one branch ...
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The Whist Bungalow

The Whist Bungalow: With a documented existence of over 200 years, the "Whist Bungalow" at Mutwal, is a property steeped ...
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Interrupted Genius: Donald Friend and the City of Galle

Donald Friend 1915-89 Donald Friend, who is often referred to as "the great wine of Australian Art", was born in ...
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Closenberg; The Cliff Citadel

'His fine natural taste led him to choose for his house a site of almost unequalled beauty ..... a perfect ...
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Early Postal History of Ceylon and the P&O Steam Navigation Company

 Dr. Srilal Fernando In these days of instant communication it is difficult to conceive the difficulties that existed 200 years ...
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Mackinnon Mackenzie & Company of Ceylon and the P&O Company

Mackinnon Mackenzie & Company of Ceylon and the P&O Company Mackinnon Mackenzie and Company of Ceylon Limited dates back to ...
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Sri Lanka History – The Portuguese Period

By the late fifteenth century, Portugal, which had already established its dominance as a maritime power in the Atlantic, was ...
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Sri Lanka History – The Dutch Period

The Dutch became involved in the politics of the Indian Ocean in the beginning of the seventeenth century. Headquartered at ...
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Sri Lanka History – The British Period

By the mid-eighteenth century, it was apparent that the Mughal Empire (1526-1757) in India faced imminent collapse, and the major ...
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