17 thoughts on “Galle Fort- Ariya

  1. Galle Fort – Thanks Ariya- very beautiful historical lesson and modern day views too .

    You sure took me down memory lane, when as kids, back in the day- 1948- 1952 — my father would take us to the Galle Fort almost every sunday, and to the park near by .

    As kids- we had sooo much fun, climbing the stone walls etc .
    This memory is still sooo fresh in my mind, and you now brought back to real life so to speak .

    The pity is, back then we never had a camera !

    I must go through some of my old photos taken over the past 25 yrs, or so, and see, if I see some of these with ‘new eyes ‘.

    I was last there in Oct 2014 after the RU 64 .

    Thanks a lot- Deepthie .


    • Lovely photos Ariya.
      Even though we lived in Payagala I don’t think my parents had ever taken me to Galle… they took me to all sorts of places in the North,Hill Country and every possible place we could go with the so called first class Railway warrants (as they were called ) but never to Galle. Sad to say the first time I visited Galle was when I was doing some charity work with Eagle D when we went to the orphanage run by nuns at Galle to distribute dry rations. Praxy


  2. Thanks Ariya. I was at Richmond , Galle , from 1950 to 1962. I have walked on practically every street inside the Galle Fort. Walking on the Ramparts on Sunday evenings was a routine we used to do. The reason was that the Holy Family Convent girls used to take their walks with their Chaperones on Sunday evenings as well. The sea breeze and the “She ” breeze was enticing.

    When we were there for the RU64 we took a trip to Galle and toured part of the fort and of course Richmond College. Some of the old buildings in the fort are still standing. Apparently the Galle Fort is the place to have a home in the city of Galle. There are a lot foreign buyers who buy these old houses to refurbish them into magnificent homes. I have seen pictures of some of them.

    Ariya your pictures and description brought very pleasant memories. Thanks.



    • The convent is not Holy Family Convent-
      It is Sacred Heart Convent – I was a student there during those years – Jun Kg- grade 2.
      I was too young back then to be a part of the She Breeze !-
      I was just a rattly little kid jumping over every rock wall !
      Nice memories Nisantha .
      Yes- I saw those lovely old homes, well re- furbished and looking real grand .
      Lots of teachers from the Sacred Heart Convent lived in the Galle Fort – the Dutch Burgher ladies , and after school. my mom who was a school teacher would take us to her friends’ homes, and we would wait for my father to come and pick us up .
      My god- I still remember those grand ladies and their fancy tea cups and ‘short eats ‘ and how nervous I was that I would do something stupid and spill the tea, or mess my white school uniform !
      I had a very nice trip to Galle Fort- after the RU 64 and I too have taken some nice photos- including the red Royal Mail Post box !
      Thanks Nisantha for the trip down memory lane, and Ariya, for the awakening of those grand old days !
      Deepthie .


  3. Thanks Nisantha.
    Ranjit De Saram too wrote to me.
    Other than you two and Sam, are there any others in our batch from Southern Province schools?
    You probably know myself Indrajith and late Floyd Wijemanne entered from Dharmasoka Ambalanhoda.


    • Thanks Ariya.
      The collection of Photos will definitely bring about a moment of indulgence in Nostalgia, among most of you.

      As ,someone who had only visited the Town of Galle several times, the Photos were able to fire my photographic imagination,while experiencing “visual saturation.” Of the beautiful town of Galle.


    • Yes- I was a student at Sacred Heart Convent Galle, from junior Kg- grade 2- 1948- 1952.
      I would visit this school many , many times over the years, I would spend school holidays , even as a young teenager, as I still had family and friends there.

      My generation of the extended family is no more- but, the next generation still lives in Hirimbura , Galle .

      After the tragic tsunami, I lost a family member , and I managed to make contact with my grade one teacher, and helped her out , through a family member .

      Praxy took me to Galle, a year after the tsunami, to visit the Mother Theresa Orphanage- where I helped the nuns and the kids for a while, in memory of my niece that got swept away in Matara .
      Praxy was a great help to me, during those dreadful days …
      Thanks my dear Praxy- for all your help to me, during those post tsunami days ..

      Deepthie .


      • Dear Eagle D
        That was a nice trip we did and in fact I think post Tsunami trip was the first time I visited Galle. Looking back I wonder why on earth I had not visited Galle before when Payagala is not that far way from Galle. In fact Ranjit along with his siblings, was a boarder at St Aloysius College but that was before I met him. Praxy

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      • A bit more Deepthie,
        I can remember how we visited your cousin and saw the injuries she had when Tsunami struck when she was in church. I think it was then that Koelmeyer’s sister who was a nun was dragged to the ocean. I have vivid memories of your cousin describing how her daughter was lost in that Tsunami. That was terrible. At that time we managed to collect clothes and all sorts of things from here and sent a 20 ft container to SL and went there to get it cleared and distributed . Actually I think that was the first time I visited Galle and thereafter with you when we went to the orphanage….my memory is fading!!! Praxy


  4. I had relatives in Galle & visited them frequently. Galle Fort was a place we came for evening walks. Spectacular place. You take us on MEMORY LANE!!; Ariya. Thanks. WIMAL.


  5. It is amazing how many of us virtually started life Down South !

    All my cousins both boys and girls, from both my mother’s and father’s side, my father’s sisters, and my younger sister, attended Sacred Heart Convent for girls, and boys at St . Aloysious College and they all knew the De Saram boys- twins included .
    I knew them too- as real good catholic boys and I stayed away from them !!!

    ALL of my mother’s brothers attended St Aloysious College , and their sons too .
    Their daughters went to the convent and I was there only for a short 4 yrs, but was a very regular visitor to both schools for many , many years even until about 10 yrs ago .

    My Grandfather’s Notaris Kantoruwa I think got washed away in the tsunami, but I visited it 2 yrs before that and took pics of him and the current owners- the daughter of my grandfather’s ‘clark mahattaya’ !

    Praxy- I think, you and I drove down Main St Matara, and could not find the old kantoruwa and the traffic was sooo bad, that we turned around .

    What a flood of memories can be unearthed by just a nice photo shoot from Galle Fort !

    By the way- I heard that NOT a single stone from the Gall Fort was moved / damaged by the tsunami, and the Fort saved that part of town , while the rest of Galle was virtually destroyed and had to be re- built .

    Credit to the Dutch Builders .

    Thanks Ariya and Sam–

    Hurrah Down South Folks !!



  6. Dear Eagle D
    Thanks for all that info.Yes the de Saram boys were all boarded at St Aloysius.
    An interesting story that one of the fellow boarders told me was, that Ranjit’s parents would bring butter for him and since this was a rare commodity those days Ranjit would keep it away from the rest of the boys. So what the boys had done was put their fingers into the butter so that the marks would be there and,when Ranjit sees that others have been licking his butter and left the finger marks he would not eat it, and the boys would enjoy it.. Ranjit will kill me if he knows that I put this in the blog. What a lot of history and d tales we share because of the blog. Praxy


  7. Finger Licking Good Story at the old School in Galle !
    yum- yum– yes- butter was a rare commodity back then, and we never had it – if at all – just enough to coat the bread as a very thin layer .
    I still dont eat butter, as I never developed a taste for it as it was a ‘special item ‘ for us kids back then — thank god !


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