Frontpage Headline in THE AUSTRALIAN, 17 July 2023 = “Students take housing shortage to next level”
“Internaional students Isi Larraguibel, Rowen Fernandopulle, Jaden Amba and Rois Maullers in Brisbane on Sunday”
…. visit … https://www.theaustralian.com.au/subscribe/news/1/?sourceCode=TAWEB_WRE …. AND TRY TO negotiate their money-seeking hoops if you wish to read the whole article
The surname “Fernandopulle” indicates that this young university student is a Sri Lankan from the “Colombo Chetty” community. In my possiblt fallible experience such surnames as Candappa, Suvisundaram, De Votta and Alles usually indicated such familial backgrounds. This community was domiciled along the southwestern seaboard from Portuguese to Dutch to British times. Many belonged to the Catholic faith. Intermarriages resulted in such surnames as Abeysundera, Alles and Rodrigo being identified as “Colombo Chetty” – albeit only in some instances.
The Colombo Chetties of British and post-independent Sri Lanka were prominent in business and trade; and sometimes also in the prestigious professions (medical, legal). The Wikipedia Note says that “As an elite, prosperous and a noble group, they no longer strictly marry amongst themselves. In addition, migration to Australia, England, United States of America and Canada has tended to dilute their numbers.” They numbered only 6.075 in the Census of 2011.
A NOTE, 20 July 2023
As always helpful, my Aloysian buddy KK De Silva in metropolitan Colombo has sent these useful references for readers to pursue in search of data on the Colombo Chetties [and thus their disticntion from the Nattukotiay Chetties)
Simon Casiechetty genealogy