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Only in Australia: Meaningful Roadsigns

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Memories are Made of This: The Agar-Hewawissa-Plunkett-Forbes Lineages of Ceylon

Charles Schokman

This picture brought back memories. I knew Ashton Agar’s Great Grandfather from way back in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). Mr. Plunkett worked at Walker Sons & Co Ltd as a car salesman and resided at Negombo. He had two daughters Sheila and Carmaline. (Bubbles). Sheila was married to Nala Hewawissa and Carmaline to Ron Forbes.

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Senaka Calls for a Ticker-Tape Farewell for the Aussie Cricket Teams

Senaka Weeraratna

Give Aussies a Ticker Tape parade as a farewell gesture by driving them through the streets of Colombo (near Galle Face Green) once this popular Australian cricket tour is over.

This is exactly what the Australians did in Melbourne on February 20, 1961 when they bid goodbye to the West Indian Cricket Team led by Frank Worrell. Australia beat West Indies by 3 to 2 in a close contest which went down to the wire.

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A Slashing Picture of Australia’s Policy towards Boat People

Binoy Kampmark, in The Island, June 2022, where the title reads “

When it comes to the tawdry, hideous business of politicising the right to asylum, and the refugees who arise from it, no country does it better than Australia.  A country proud of being a pioneer in women’s rights, the secret ballot, good pay conditions and tatty hardware (the Hills Hoist remains a famous suburban monstrosity) has also been responsible for jettisoning key principles of international law.

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An Australian Minister’s Homespun Reading of Sri Lanka’s Crisis

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DR KEITH SUTTER : Sri Lanka in TURMOIL – worst economic crisis in 70 years | 7NEWS …..June 21, 2022 ………………………27,741 views

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Australia’s Home Affairs Minister has travelled to Sri Lanka after hundreds of asylum seekers have been turned back in recent weeks. The country is struggling with its worst economic crisis in 70 years. Leading to shortages of food, medicine and fuel. And prompting fears of growing social unrest

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Ashton Agar’s Sri Lankan Lineages

Michael Roberts

Ashton Agar may play cricket now for Western Australia, but he is the eldest of three boys schooled at the De La Salle College in Melbourne. Our investigations indicate that his father John Agar is from a cricketing family associated with the Prahran Cricket Club in Melbourne – a happy coincidence because Prahran had several Burgher migrants active within its portals—notably Owen Mottau and Dav Whatmore.[1] As vitally, his mother Sonia is a Sinhalese Sri Lankan, being the daughter of Nala Hewawisa[2] from a marriage with Sheila Plunkett,[3] who is described in one source as a “Burgher of British descent.”

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A Practical Channel of Charity for Sri Lankan Families in Need

elanka Notice

Dear Fellow Sri Lankan – in Australia …. and globally …..

The following is an initiative of eLanka, the leading website for the Sri Lankan expats in Australia and globally. We have created via our eLanka Shop several Grocery packs which you can purchase online and then we will delivery free of charge anywhere in Sri Lanka.

Have a look at the pricing and different packages we have on eLanka Shop. https://elankashop.com/ (People can order online).

Delicious Sri Lankan food on Lotus leafe.

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A View of Australia from ORCADIAN somewhere in the Orkney Islands

Orcadian, responding to an Email circulated by Thuppahi conveying the views of JOHN LANDER,  circulated by Senaka Weeraratne

John Lander, a former Australian ambassador, gives a most thoughtful analysis on the fictions of the China threat. Western diplomats need to return to the basics of what makes for good diplomacy. We are increasingly seeing Western diplomats becoming irrational, bordering on insane.

 

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Nimal Wikramanayake’s Legal Career in Victoria in Review

Hugh Karunanayake, reviewing the book A LIFE in the Law … by Nimal Wikramanayake, QC

Published by Hybrid Publishers, Melbourne, Victoria

ISBN: 9781925736762(p)

           9781925736779(e)

……… Available at the publishers Ormond, VIC 3204, P.O. Box 52 ………..Tel: (03) 9504 3462)

 Nimal Wikramanayake QC’s autobiographical memoir “A LIFE IN THE LAW” has all the ingredients necessary for it to join the ranks of the best sellers. I say this despite the fact that his book concerns a specialised subject viz law, and speciality areas are generally not for the general reader. This book however is different. It is a “no holds barred” story of the inner workings of the almost highly cloistered workings of the legal profession in Victoria.

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Olde Time Organ Music at the Capri in Adelaide

Baritone Andrew Crispe joined organist Chris McPhee for a very entertaining afternoon of music featuring music from Broadway.at the Capri Theatre on Goodwood Road in Adelaide this Ssunday 22nd May 2012.

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