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Write my essay for me now – My tribute to Richmond
What day would you consider as your birth date – the day you were born or the day you were given a name? One cannot have two birth dates. What if i need someone to write my essay for me now? If this argument to be taken a step further for a female which would be her BIRTHDAY – the day she was born, the day she was given a name, the day she was Baptised or the day she acquired her husband’s name after marriage? It is left to the reader to logically think what is right and wrong and I do not intend starting a debate. The day you were born is your Birthday! Likewise this so called Richmond College today was born in July 1814 in Galle. In reality Richmond is approaching her 200th year of existence.
How this pioneering school was known then is not known and it was the first step towards training local preachers of Methodism. When the mission headquarters was moved to Sillary’s Hill later Richmond Hill there were a cluster of educational institutes, including schools to teach women, carpentry and the like. Those pioneering Missionaries realised before long that it was essential to teach the locals English if they were to propagate Christianity. However amongst the pioneering missionaries Rev. Baugh was more interested in the educational aspects than teaching gospel.
My wife being from a sister school once told me that theirs was the oldest Mission School in Sri Lanka. That took my memory back to early parts of 1960’s and I remembered reading in one of the old Richmond College magazines, about, how Richmond came about. Upon my wife’s claims I started to research. The more I read and researched, I was amazed at the volume of historical information that we did not know and I wanted to share all what I gathered with others and the end result, this web site. I was at the same time compiling my family tree and my many visits to the archives to research the family heritage gave me the opportunity to do some research on Richmond as well. Reading many web sites, articles in foreign archives and old books and the past Ferguson Directories helped me glean lot of other information which I have included under various topics.
According to Wesleyan Methodist records Rev. Baugh (speaking of Rev. Baugh, reminds of the lore that when the hill top was being cleared and the Bo tree – Sacred Fig (Ficus religiosa) was marked to be felled. When the workmen became hesitant he had enquired why and has been told that the tree is venerated by the Buddhist and was called the ‘Bo’ tree. Hearing it sounded exactly like his name he has said not to harm it and allow the tree to stand in his memory) converted two staunch Catholics Don Daniel Pereira who was a teacher and his son Don Daniel Henry Pereira opening the door to Methodism in Negombo a Catholic stronghold at the time. They later on became Ministers in the Methodist Mission and thereafter started the Wesleyan Methodist Sunday School in the same location where the father and son duo has been conducting scripture classes, for the newly converted Methodist followers. This school was earlier known as the “Wesleyan Girls English High School“. In 1919 a name change was done and the school was renamed Newstead Girls School in honour of Rev. Robert Newstead (who has been associated with first school in Galle many years before) and stands in the same place. Before the conversion the father and son has been conducting a school in a cadjan hut for the benefit of the Catholics in Negombo since 1815.
Incidentally the son Rev. Don Daniel Henry Pereira who became a convert and a Methodist Minister is credited with founding Wesley College and was her first Vice Principal.