The Population of Galle Fort in 2018
Foreigners 60 …… Total 1071
Buildings – Distrn
Samagam = 12
Sinhala = 183
Muslim = 182
Tamils = 08
Malays = 01
Burgher = 01
Foreign = 51
TOTAL ………………………… 457
INFORMATION supplied by Shiranga Jayasekera of the Galle Heritage Foundation
NOTES by Michael Roberts, 5 August 2020
I was informed that one of the Burgher house-owners is Stephen Labrooy (note his renovation of house in Middle Street featured some years back in Thuppahi). David-Colin-Thome has supplied the second link: “Apart from Stephen LaBrooy, my cousin Keith Colin-Thome and his wife Sharlini own the villa at #39 Lighthouse Street. As Keith’s uncle (my grandfather) William Colin-Thome’s tombstone is at the Dutch church, I would presume that they must be the only current owner with such an ancestral connection.”
Now, some 80 odd years on from the 1930s the situation is a far cry from a world where the Burghers of Galle, were, so to speak, ‘cocks of the walk’ (and included a few named Koch). See the group photograph of the Burgher Tennis Club from that era –one supplied by Moira Colin-Thome – a document as rare as vital.
Among those featured therein is EFC ‘Lyn’ Ludowyk, Professor of English at University College and thereafter at Peradeniya University – a multi-talented man who produced plays as well as writing up Sri Lankan history. One of his lighter story-telling historical forays is the booklet Those LongAfternoons (Colombo. Lake House bookshop, 1989) which is all about Galle and should sit alongside Norah Roberts, Galle As Quiet as Asleep.