Leonard Woolf in Ceylon: A Pictorial Excursion

A Collection derived from Digital internet sources  and with special thanks to Hugh Karunanayake in Melbourne for some great finds, including the shot of the New Oriental Hotel in Galle Fort in the 1910s, the dhony and the coastal steamers plying the island’s coasts.

Young Leonard Woolf    …. & then a mustachioed Woolf






Woolf and his dogs in Jaffna


The Jaffna railway station in 1908









 a dhoni of the type found in the Jaffna Peninsula and north-western coastline in the early 1900s


 Lady MacCallum & Lady Blake — two  of the passenger  steamships plying between the ports of island Ceylon








a typical urban scenario…….. location  unclear


 Woolf and his kachcheri staff … in Kandy … depicted in the cover of his book Growing




Hambantota Bay in the early 20th century … 










…. & women in the Hambantota area fetching tank water















the AGA’s bungalow in Hambantota where Woolf resided

... …… the New Oriental Hotel or NOH in the Fort of Galle where Woolf sojourned when on leave and/or duty

Leonard Woolf (1880-1969), Engish writer and husband of Virginia Woolf with Margaret Llewelyn Davies (1861-1943). In 1916. (Photo by adoc-photos/Corbis via Getty Images)













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4 responses to “Leonard Woolf in Ceylon: A Pictorial Excursion

  1. Nathan Sivasambu

    Michael, thank you. Leonard Woolf possessed an exceptional intellect, sensibility,
    one should note the February 1917 Society he formed with Virginia Woolf
    following the February 1917 Revolution in Petrograd – Nathan

  2. Daya Wickramatunga.

    He was indeed a British politician who was fond of Sri Lanka. Spent most of his time in Hambantota, moving closely with the village folk. Wrote that famous book Village in the Jungle.

  3. Daya Wickramatunga.

    His famous book Village in the Jungle.Should bew read.

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