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Galle Face burial ground/Garrison cemetery

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Galle Face burial ground/Garrison cemetery

Anne Wnter Williams (View posts)
Posted: 1076664402000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Newman, Rudd
13.2.04

Have just returned from S.Lanka and tried to ascertain where the above burial ground had been and was told that a Roman Catholic church had been built on the site and all the tombstones moved to the Kanatte cemetery so was unable to photo any of them.Also visited the Garrison cemetery in Kandy which has been restored splendidly due to a proposed visit by Prince Charles which did not occur due to security problems. The marble inscriptions on the D'Oyley tomb had been tarred.This shows the sheer ignorance of the whoever vandalised this tomb of this most clever linguist who translated out of the Pali and Sanskrit and became a recluse who lived as the Sinhalese for whom he must have had the utmost respect.Photoed a tomb of the Newmans and saw the grave of Ottoline Rudd. The tomb of the wife of Sir Wm Gregory, the Governor was of pink granite and too heavy to move so was in pristine condition.This cemetery was supposed to have been cared for by the Anglican church authorities and the descendants of those buried and fell into dreadful neglect. The little chapel has many pics of the restoration and we were guided by a Mr Carmichael to whom I mentioned 'Tombstones & Monuments.He said he wished there was a copy locally.St Paul's church nearby had also been damaged by the bomb placed near the temple of the Tooth. The Garrison cemetery is now directly cared for by the British High Commission apparently.//Met a Sinhalese guard locally, aged about 65 who told me how pleased he was that the British not only abolished 'Rajakariya' but tried to do so re: the caste system. He said, "We had been slaves before".It was very refreshing to hear these facts and not the slanted view one hears so often.The man gave credit where it was long overdue but was as Lankan as any of us.//I bought some Dimbula tea at the Colombo airport and remarked." "Ceylon tea, the gift of the British and the Tamils"!!!!
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