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 I placed the image  in my sister’s book, Galle As Quiet as Asleep. The late  Percy Colin-Thome, a gentle soul we all miss, worked closely with meand Ismeth Raheem in preparing the book People Inbetween during the late 1980s.



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14 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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  7. Sarath Gamini De Silva

    So nice to see Miss Rita Kale who was in charge of the kindergarten shen I noined Richmond in 195r. Can still remember the tik tok noise her shoes made approaching our class.

  8. Hugh Karunanayake

    There are nine persons seated on the ground of whom only seven have been named. Either Mavis or Gwen Ludowyck (sisters of Lyn) taught at Royal Prep school for some years and was my form teacher in STD IV in 1944. She used to travel to school in a rickshaw and wearing a skirt used a cape to cover her legs! We kids used to wonder why? !!

  9. Hugh Karunanayake

    Now here is an old baila we used to sing ;
    Rail paarey mama yana Kota, Kello tennis gahanawa,
    Tennis gahana kellangey bunnis Penawa”

  10. santannad

    beautiful article..
    hopefully we may go back to that era where Galle is that wonderful place to live again

  11. Sanath de Silva

    I bet Carrol Stork is there!

  12. Mike thanks for this very Historical Picture. It gives us great pleasure to see our Teacher Rita Kale, and several distinguished old boys in it like Percy Colin-Thome,E.F.C Ludowyke in the picture which is very valuable for our Richmond College Museum. Hope the 60 club and the College will take note of it . Nihal de Alwis

  13. This picture is Very Historical . Especially for Richmondites wit Rita Kale, our teacher, Percy Collin-Thome and E.F.C. Ludowyke distinguish Old Boys who were Not only academics but excelled in Drama. Richmond Museum and the School should take not and the 60 club should give prominence.

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