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.
Thuppahi's Blog · This web site presents the interventions of MICHAEL ROBERTS in the public realm with reference to Sri Lankan political affairs. It will embrace the politics of cricket as well. ROBERTS was educated at St. Aloysius College in Galle and the universities of Peradeniya and Oxford. He taught History at Peradeniya University and Anthropology at Adelaide university. He is now retired and lives in Adelaide.