Burgher Tennis Club in Galle, circa 1928

Burgher Tennis Club

Left to right – Standing: Messrs R. W. E. de Vos, Vyvil Loudowyk, Fred Bastiansz, E. F. C. Ludowyk Jnr., R. A. de Vos, Bubsy Austin, E. F. C. Ludowyk Snr, W. Colin-Thomé, Dudley de Kretser, Arthur Arndt, Bertie Toussaint

Seated: Miss Mina de Vos, Miss E. Koch, Mrs Glen Altendorf, Mrs Bertie Joseph, Mrs R. A. de Vos, Mrs Bertie Toussaint, Miss Rita Kale, Mrs E. F. C. Ludowyk, Mrs W. Colin-Thomé, Mrs Dudley de Kretser, Mrs Bessie Bartholomeusz,

Seated on ground: Earnleigh de Krester, Miss Owen Ludowyk, Miss Ina de Zilwa, Miss Mabel Arndt, Miss Mavis Ludowyk, Miss Dagmar Toussaint, Francis Toussaint.

A NOTE: I discovered this photograph mounted on cardboard in my Mss depository,. I could not recollect how I got it but on my recent trip to Sri lanka David Colin-Thome informed me that his mother Moira had presented it to me.   Percy Colin-Thome would have been the person who identified all the personnel for me when  placed the image  win my sister’s book, Galle As Quiet as Asleep. The late  Percy Colin-Thome, a gentle soul we all miss, worked closely with me in preparing the book People Inbetween during the late 1980s.









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2 responses to “Burgher Tennis Club in Galle, circa 1928

  1. Ivan Amarasinghe

    Been an absolute delight to see the pictures and be reminded of those wonderful clan they call “burghers” of my hometown Galle. Wish they never left because neither as a child nor as an adult have I ever heard a bad word about these people who gave so much to make my birthplace such a joyous and amicable “achcharu” of ethnicities and spiritual belief systems.

    • pkbalachandran

      Unfortunately none of the new countries of South Asia thought they were multi ethnic.British India broke into Hindu India and Muslim Pakistan.Pakistan broke into Urdu speakers and Bengali speagkers.Ceylon had tried to divide itself into Sinhalese and Tamil speakers.

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