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Old 22-04-16, 11:15 PM
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.colombo harbour from MutwalColombo Harbour from Mutwal, 1860s –-from R. K. de Silva, Early Prints of Ceylon (Sri Lanka), 1800-1900, London: Serendib Publications, 1985: 247.

Capt. Charles O’Brien’s description of this sepia lithograph in colour runs thus: “Colombo …has an interest as being the port from which nearly all the coffee and cocoa-nut oil is shipped to Europe. … It is also the port in which the rice for the support of Malabar coolies on the coffee estates is received. The import in 1860 was 3,182,204 bushels, of the value of 636,423l. The view represents the Fort, with the Custom house, the Roadstead in which are seen the large ships lading for Europe, and the ‘Inner harbour’, in which are the coasting vessels and native craft. The view is taken from Mootwal, the resort of fishing boats ….”. As Rajpal de Silva notes, the image displays several significant features predating the British government’s demolition of the fort: notably two bastions of the ramparts, the customs house, the old Queen’s House and the clock tower (1985: 257). The fort of Colombo was demolished between December 1869 and February 1871. For more details on the port of Colombo and the transformation of the city as a whole, see Dharmasena 1980; Roberts et al, People Inbetween, 1989, chap. 7; Raheem & Colin-Thome, Images of British Ceylon, 2000: 80-87, 114-19.


Michael Roberts: “People Inbetween: Ethnic & Class Prejudices in British Ceylon,” 3 August 2015,

By the way, Frederick Jayetilleke is not connected with D.B.Jayatilleke.
Frederick Jayayatilaka (jayetileke) (born 1833)in school was the son of
Cornelius de Silva (Cornelius Jayatilaka) and brother in law of James
Alexander Dunuwille Snr. . he became an advocate and married Louisa
Goonewardene (from Galle) His son Frederick James
William Jayatilaka was a District Judge in 1915. Another son was Richard
George Jayetileke (who wife was a de saram and so his children were de Saram
Jayetilekes)whose descendents include Zoe Jayetileke who married 1) Sando
Mirsky and 2) Salty Nightingale... And sons, Willie and George Jayetileke. (Willie was a star cricketer at STC.)
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