The NOH and Galle in January 1988: Exquisite Images

Joe Simpson’s Lens captures the scenes of this famous hotel and its environs in Galle at a time when Nesta Brohier was holding the reins of this iconic hotel within the Fort of Galle

  The spacious front verandah-cum-lounge of the New Oriental Hotel

  The main lounge of the NOH in 1988

  Joe Simpsons’ Guest Room during his short stay

  the old-fashioned washroom

With the swimming pool that Nesta Brohier installed in the early 1980s – now gone & replaced I’m told by a much fancier version elsewhere in the back garden where her father Len “Zambuk” Ephraums once chased a polecat!

 the Inner Hallway then — keeper of a thousand secrets if walls could talk
 the approach to NOH from the Entrance to the Fort

  Harbour view from the NOH – image taken from the top corner room of the NOH

  Harbour view from the NOH – image in early evening from same room

mosque and lighthouse in evening twilight

 The Rubasinghe’s House in Middle sSreet with the NOH on the left in the far distance

  A now-vanished mode of transportation in Galle Fort … Photo taken from upper floor of NOH looking down on Church Street, Jan 1988

 Outriggers on beach near Galle –pr obably replaced by fibre-glass boars

 Beach seine fishing , or madal, near Galle … a practice still sustained in Sri Lanka

 The “Grand Old Lady”, as Joe recalls the NOH. In 1988.

EPILOGUE IN MEMORIAM

Anestasia (Nesta) Brohier (nee Ephraums) with her N.O.H., Galle staff and two pet dalmatians, taken a few years before her death in 1995, aged 90 years …… http://www.vmsl-library.com/index.php/photographs/image/121-anestasia-nesta-brohier-n-o-h-galle

ALSO SEE http://www.tamarindliving.com/a-colonial-luxury-retreat-at-amangalla-galle-fort-sri-lanka/   ,,,, For the NOH transformed into the AMANGALLA

Amangalla - Exterior

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9 responses to “The NOH and Galle in January 1988: Exquisite Images

  1. Eddie Wijesuriya

    On Fri, Feb 23, 2018 at 6:34 PM, Thuppahi’s Blog wrote:

    > thuppahi posted: “Joe Simpson’s Lens captures the scenes of this famous > hotel and its environs in Galle at a time when Nesta Brohier was holding > the reins of this iconic hotel within the Fort of Galle The spacious > front verandah-cum-lounge of the New Oriental Hotel ” >

  2. Gary Ellis

    I have Stayed there Many times.What a History. A lovely old Hotel. Gary Ellis AUSTRALIA.

  3. Trevor LaBrooy

    My family and I knew ‘Aunty Nesta and uncle Hal very well, when Uncle Hal was planting on a rubber estate near Dangan Estate, Matale.. Their son Gordon, was a good friend and we used to play together as young boys.

    Your article brought back many memories.

    • Joe Simpson

      So happy to hear that, Trevor. I have a longer essay specifically about the Ephraums long family history in Ceylon-Sri Lanka – involving much research & correspondence with far-flung informants around the world about 15 years ago. if you would like a copy, please email me at otesaga70ATgmail.com (substituting @ for AT of course – this message is designed to avoid roaming bots harvesting my address!)

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  8. raigam

    Michael, you are treasure trove of happy memories!
    Thank you very much.

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