Nostalgic Pictorial Excursions in and around My Galle Fort

Michael Roberts

I was born and bred in Galle Fort, living there in Pedlar Street and then in Middle Street in houses rented from Muslim moor landlords by my retired father, T. W. Roberts, of the CCS. I visit the place whenever I can and several pictures taken during the last ten years are inserted within this collection… with Images by Michael Roberts, where not otherwise specified

deft work -chain gang Dutch-style verandahs –here in a house being repaired with a chain gang transferring clusters of tiles –yes, tiles — Up-Catch-Shift-Place. Wow, efficient-Pic by Roberts

 Galle Fort in yesteryear

Fort ramparts 1890s A Scene in front to the Fort in the 1890s  or thereaboutsPic from National Gallery of Australia

P3Fishermen at it in the 1930s along the rocks at the foot of the ramparts, western side … a common sight even in the 1950s but now unlikely in the same style of garments Pics by Lincoln Pereira  P2

SCENES TODAY: THE WATERLINE off the Fort… my teenage playground

2 from light house towardsold lighthouse GIRLS BATHING PLACE lighthouse fr old l'house DSC00055

Girls from old l'house GIRLS I GIRLS II

FULL FRONTAL: The Imposing Ramparts

Fort walls & C'tower

Entrance FORT

B-Left -- Fort from harbour's edge

The VOC crest over the original harbour entrance … and from inside

VOC crest & Wesak

Janaka-IMG_2550 Pic by Dr. Janaka Gallangoda

The Galle Literary Festival in January 2008

Opening time

Opening Scenes

eateries etc at Fest-site The Eateries– essential fare!Vikram with Bron Vikram Seth autographs Bron’s copy


partial overview of Fort+ harbour shore Pic from unknown source

GALLE AS QUIET AS ASLEEP by Norah Roberts Vijitha Yapa Publications

GAQ Asleep~cover … with cover design from Donald Friend’s Mural Imaginings of Galle in the P & O era of the late 19th century …

…….. and, then, on 26th December 2004 … there was the UNIMAGINABLE: a tsunami, THE TSUNAMI, hit the eastern, southern and south-western coasts of Sri Lanka

after Tsunami -ckt gd & bus stand Pic from Sunday Times …………………. many people died at this bus-stand and along the coasts on both sides of the Fort; but no one in the Fort was hurt … the Dutch fortifications stood the test…. while one fishing trawler is said to have made it over the southern wall into the Fort, presumably without crew!





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