Identified as “Old Dutch Fortification, Point De Galle,” this image a has been kindly supplied by the National Library of Australia. It is a late 19th century picture — before the new entrance was punched through the frontal ramparts and before a clock tower was built to honour Dr Anthonisz.
Whately’s water-colour painting (12.9 x 17.7 cm) of Point de Galle, dated 31 July 1874 has also been provided by the National Library of Australia.
Skyline of roofs across the Fort. This picture (19.45 x 23 .3 cm) is from the Ferguson Collection at the National Gallery of Australia to whom I am indebted [when they sent it for reproduction in Galle as Quiet As Asleep by my sister Norah Roberts)
PHOTOGRAPHS taken by Michael Roberts in 2006 and subsequently over recent years
The southern walls with the new lighthouse in one corner — a barrier that withstood the tsunami of 26th December 2004 and saved the residents in the Fort [though one or two [unmanned?] fishing boats made it over the wall
two tourists relax above the beach on the eastern face … (pic from 2018)the new lighthouse as twilight looms (2018)
Elephant Rock as one approaches the south-western bastion [where the old lighthouse stood] and which is now the platform for some pinpoint diving into a small seaside pool by an intrepid Fort-dweller — acts captured so vividly by that camera artist Juliet Coombe, herself a Fort-dweller
Striking images of those Dutch Verandahs of yesteryear
….. and that grand touch the VOC emblem carved above the old entrance to the Fort on the northeastern side
…. with Janaka Gallangoda’s superb picture of the same emblem on the inner side and one of the Fort’s typical residents serving as touchstone for our medley of snapshots
And last but not least view of the Fort ramparts as a Test Match takes place in its shadow –India vs Sri Lanka … with Pissu Percy in attendance