This website was started to unearth the proper history of Richmond College. To-date no one has put forth anything tangible to disprove any of the history that was gleaned off Mission Records. It proves that the precursor to Richmond existed throughout the sixty two years from 1814 to 1876 until it was upgraded. We have had much compliments even from people in as much as we got ‘brick-bats’ from a few who could not stomach this history of Richmond for reasons best known to them. We were even threatened but we are not the least shaken but it gives us the strength to come out with the authentic history.
Scouting at Richmond dates back to 1915 and we were one of the pioneers. Richmond has got a permanent ‘Camping Site’ now at Rajas Kanda. We bring you a picture report of the Camping site when it was being prepared few days ago and the activities thereafter, on Monday the 14th January, 2013. Here are the activities > Rajaskanda Camp Site pictures.
You can also view the images from the Gallery ‘Rajaskanda Camp Site’.
Richmond College will be hosting the third annual Triangular Baseball tournament on the 12th and 13th, January at the Koggala BOI Grounds for the “K.M.C Fernando Challenge Trophy”. Richmond under 19 team has won the trophy in the two previous year. The event isMost people are not aware that Richmond is one of the pioneer baseball playing schools and incidentally this is our twentieth year. Read more…
New Office bearers for the term 2012-2013 were elected at the Richmond College Union AGM held on 26th December, 2012 at “Waters Edge”. The AGM was followed by a grand fellowship. Pictures from the event will follow in due course.
Mahendra de Silva
K. M. D. Liyanage
Here is the Press Release in connection with the recently concluded T20 tournament among Richmond College, Nalanda College and Thurstan College together with the match results and the Award winners.
The Sunday Times reported >
and The Sunday Observer reported >
or the reports can be read by clicking each paper’s logo below.
The Sunday Times also carried the article “Beware of this pack of Warriors” about the Richmond Team and here it is >
This could be a surprise to many. The picture below of a very famous Sri Lankan was an old boy of Richmond. He was at Richmond from 1941 to 1947. How many more like Percy Abyesekera could be around?
Old boys from the 50, 60 era will remember the Radio Club which was a popular extra curricular activity for us. It has been dormant for a while but revived recently as the Richmond Radio Association. In the near future the association hopes to have a localised transmission that will help the students to learn rudiments of electronics and radio engineering. As a start they have begun with the ‘Rich FM’ which is a part of Richmond Radio Association and Richmond College Galle.
You can access them from here: Rich FM
It is with much pride that we give you the img of the achievements of another Richmondite in USA – Dr. Nishad Jayasundara. We are privileged to have your company in this website.
The Sri Lanka Foundation in USA is a 501 C (3) non-profit organization formed in June 2003 by Dr. Walter Jayasinghe, M.D., a well-known Sri Lankan-American physician in Los Angeles. With its head office in Los Angeles, California, the main focus of Sri Lanka Foundation is to promote Sri Lankan culture in the United States and globally.
On Sunday the 11th November the foundation held its annual awards night and followed up with a cultural show. More than four hundred guests from all over America gathered on Sunday, November 11th to cheer the winners of the Sri Lanka Foundation Awards at the Baltimore Hotel in Los Angeles. Ten exceptional expatriate Sri Lankans were recognized by Sri Lanka Foundation as the winners of the Sri Lanka Foundation Awards 2012.
Outstanding Performance by a Young Professional Award Winner Nishad Jayasundara
Nishad Jayasundara is a postdoctoral fellow at Duke University, North Carolina. He recently completed his PhD at Stanford University, California and his research focuses on understanding how certain changes in bio-chemical processes have allowed organisms to live in very different environments, such as the extremely cold Antarctic Ocean. During his PhD Nishad was awarded an opportunity through the US National Science Foundation to conducted research in the Antarctic, perhaps becoming the first Sri Lankan to conduct research there. Nishad has also travelled to many corners of the world for research, including to his hometown in Galle, where he was studying how changes in ocean temperatures due to global warming might affect fish living in the Indian Ocean. His current research at Duke University focuses on environmental toxins and their affects on our environment.
Nishad is also one of the administrative directors and founding members of SL2College. The goal of SL2College is to provide free educational guidance to students in Sri Lanka. Since its inception as a small email group, through the efforts of many volunteers, SL2College has become the largest Sri Lankan student network of this kind. Nishad was inspired to be part of this organization because of his own experience in navigating through the western-education system after he left Sri Lanka. He wishes that through Sl2College thousands of other Sri Lankan students would be able to reach their academic potential someday.
Prior to coming to the US, Nishad attended Mahindra United World College in India – one of the ten UWCs in the world – where he received a full scholarship to complete his high school. Prior to that he attended Richmond College, Galle and had already represented Sri Lanka at the international level as a President Scout. After UWC, Nishad received a full scholarship through Shelby Davis foundation to complete his bachelors degree at College of the Atlantic, ME. As an undergraduate, he also spent a year at University of Edinburgh, UK before joining Stanford University and has received numerous awards over the years for his academic accomplishments.
Dr. Nishad Jayasundara is the son-in-law of Mr. Palitha de Silva who played Cricket and Badminton for Richmond and an accomplished athlete, too. Nishad’s father Mr. Rohana Jayasundara too is a Richmondite. Perhaps the marriage of the daughter of Palitha and Son of Rohana was made at Richmond! We Richmondites are proud of Nishad and Munir and sends our heartiest congratulations on your achievements and hope to receive more good img of further inroads to your career, both academic and professional.
President’s Award 2012 Winner Mr. Munir Akbar
Munir Malik Akbar was born in Matara, Sri Lanka.
His early education was at St. Thomas College Matara and at Richmond College Galle. At the age of 11 he was sent to live with his uncle in order to complete his schooling at Royal College Colombo.
Munir apprenticed in his uncle’s Business at 16 while still at Royal College and then followed in the entrepreneurial footsteps of his uncles and maternal grandfather, a jeweler established in 1855.
Being the oldest son he became responsible for his family, he learnt the trade and moved into business himself, exporting Sri Lankan gemstones and traveling in Asia to trade, and participate in industry trade shows.
Emulating his family tradition, giving to those in need with generosity and compassion is second nature to him.
On the demise of his father, he took on the additional responsibility of managing his father’s Cement business which was the Southern Sales Agent for Mahaweli Marine Cement Company. His endeavors grew it to be the second largest general sales agent in Sri Lanka.
In August of 1992 Munir married his lovely wife Habeeba Salie, and on the advice of his father in law, who was his greatest inspiration, he started traveling to and fro to explore the US market. Whilst going through the struggle of ‘door to door’ sales visiting the offices of wholesale buyers of gems stones in the USA, his keen attention was drawn to the home shopping networks on television and so the dream began……
In 1996 on yet another business trip to the US with his wife and son, a fortuitous meeting in Santa Monica led him to an opportunity to work with Home Shopping Networks, as a struggling vendor.
Operating on the ‘No back door policy’, obstacles to Munir is just another step to overcome for further growth. The love for family and his desire to establish his own Jewelry network on television being the motivations, he left ‘no stone unturned’. The responsibility of being the older brother and a supportive son together with being a husband, and father to his own three children, Dhaiyaan 19, Amani 16, and Muniq 10 coupled with his passion for building and owning his own show on TV, is his driving force, thus the ‘Gems Bond Jewelry Network’ was born and is now aired on Direct TV, Time Warner and Dish Network Four times a week nationwide!
Munir enjoys being an entrepreneur. The Jewelry and gemstones he works with are of great value and brings joy to and appreciation from many quarters. To him, imglly, the most priceless gems in his collection are his Wife and his three children!
The function was graced by another Richmondite who has brought much credit to the College and the Country. Dr. Nandasiri Jasentuliyana who is better known by his contemporaries as Dr. J. L. N. de Silva played cricket and captained the first eleven in the fifties. He passed out from the then Ceylon Law College as a Proctor and then an Advocate and went on to become a ‘shining star’ of Richmond that we all can be proud of. He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003
You can see several of Nishad’s, Munir’s and Nandasiri’s photographs here. The credits for the photographs goes to Mr. Andy Samarasena and are reproduced courtesy Mr. Samarasena. A big thank you Mr. Samarasena .
They too are from Galle and products of Mahinda College, Galle.
On a different note at the same function two other img received awards although they are not from Richmond we thought we should feature them too as they are from Galle. As Gallians we are all proud of them and congratulates them all.
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Nandi Wijesinghe, M.D.,
Nandi Wijesinghe was born on December 30th, 1938 in Kandy, Sri Lanka, spending most of his childhood in Galle, Sri Lanka. He attended Mahinda College, Galle from second grade through high school certificate and entered the Faculty of Medicine, Colombo, directly from Mahinda College in 1960, graduating with honors in 1965.
Dr. Wijesinghe interned in pediatrics under Madam Stella De Silva at the Lady Ridgeway Hospital for six months and then at the De Soysa Maternity Hospital in Colombo under Dr. Wedanda.
Completing his internship, Dr. Wijesinghe joined the Sri Lanka Air Force where he spent a year at Katunayke Air Force Base, later becoming the medical officer in charge of the training base in Trincomalee.
In January of 1969, Dr. Wijesinghe immigrated to the United States where he did his residency training at Bronx Lebanon Hospital and Albert Einstein School of Medicine, New York, and completed a fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine. Dr. Wijesinghe is board certified in both Obstetrics/Gynecology and Maternal Fetal Medicine. While at Albert Einstein, he was on the volunteer teaching faculty starting as a registrar and later as an associate professor.
In July, 1979 Dr. Wijesinghe moved his family to California and started private practice in Anaheim. He continued his academic affiliation with the University of California, Irvine Medical Center as a volunteer faculty member and resigned from the faculty position three years ago as a full clinical professor.
Dr. Wijesinghe was uniquely privileged to have been the obstetrician of record to deliver the first documented post-menopausal pregnancy in the world. He has dedicated his professional life in providing the highest quality of care regardless of the patient’s ability to pay. He is an active staff member of Anaheim Regional Medical Centre and Western Medical Centre, Anaheim, having served as Chairman of the OB/Gyn department at each of these hospitals. He is highly respected and regarded by his peers who seek his guidance and expertise.
Dr. Wijesinghe is married to Neelakshi Wijesinghe, a board certified pediatrician who worked for the County of Orange Health Department in a clinical and administrative capacity until her retirement four years ago. They have been blessed with three children, two girls and one boy, and four wonderful grandchildren.
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Professor Saman Warnakulasuriya
Professor Warnakulasuriya holds the chair in Oral Medicine & Experimental Pathology at King’s College London. He is a consultant in Oral Medicine to King’s College Hospital and Guy’s Hospital NHS Trusts. He is the Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Oral Cancer. He was awarded OBE, a Queen’s honour for outstanding achievement in the field of medicine & dentistry.
He studied at Mahinda College Galle (1954-1963), graduated from University of Ceylon (1965-69) and won a British Council Scholarship for post graduate studies in Great Britain (1972-1976). After receiving his doctorate he returned to Sri Lanka and lectured at the Dental Faculty in Peradeniya (1976-1990), established the specialty in Oral Medicine and in later years served as Professor of Oral Medicine.
In 1990, he moved to the Royal College of Surgeon in London as Quintin Hogg Research Fellow and in 1993 joined King’s College London, one of the top 30 Universities in the world. King’s has an outstanding reputation for providing world-class teaching and cutting edge research.
Professor Warnakulasuriya has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped the understanding of causes for mouth cancer, such as the discovery that areca nut causes mouth cancer and a chronic precancerous disorder referred to as oral submucous fibrosis, mostly found among inhabitants in the Indian subcontinent. He established how alcohol metabolites permeate and act on the lining of the oral cavity, studied several oncogenes and tumour suppressor genes in head and neck cancer and some emerging risk factors for oral cancer in young people.
He has participated in several expert Working Groups of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) on evaluation of carcinogenic substances to humans. He has over 180 peer reviewed publications on the subject of oral cancer and a renowned speaker at international congresses. He serves on several Editorial Boards. His current research interests include examining risk factors and tumour markers (both clinical and genetic) for oral cancer in different populations, evaluating cancer detection systems, screening as a public health intervention and effective management of patients with potentially malignant disorders of the oral cavity. With other European partners he recently launched an E learning educational programme on oral cancer detection: www.oralcancerldv.org
Recently we found an article appearing in a Singhalese paper which we have reproduced here. Authored by Sarath Sandagomi whom we suspect to be an old Richmondite or someone who know the Richmond history intimately, it was an excellent article and easy reading. Click the image below to read the article:
Richmond remembered one of her greatest sons the late Dr. C. W. W. Kannangara with a commemoration ceremony. The Commemoration speech was given by Prof. T. K. N. P. de Silva another famous product of Richmond. It was well attended and a series of other functions too were held with a lunch. Please see the Gallery or click here to take you to the slide show for pictures taken during the ceremonies.
The incumbent Principal of Richmond, Mr. E. M. S. Ekanayake has been appointed a Brevet Colonel of the Sri Lanka National Cadet Corp (NCC). Here is Bvt. Col. E. M. S. Ekanayake during the award ceremony seated in the back-row. Among the Boys Schools in Galle he was the solitary Principal to be commissioned. You can read the full article as published by the Ministry of Defence here.
Mr. H. A. U. Gunasekera – Principal Royal College Colombo an old boy of Richmond too was made a Brevet Colonel and the second picture is of him being awarded the commission.
Congratulations to both!
(img and pictures courtesy Ministry of Defence)
One of our readers sent the following from the book “Ithihasaya, Vikurthiyen Prakurthiyata” (loosely translated as – History from Falsehood to Truth) authored by Mr. W. S. Bandara who taught at Richmond for more than Twenty Five years. He is popularly known as the “Guru Tharuwa” (Star Teacher). Thank you ‘SW’ for passing this on!
Click on the image to see an enlarged view.
img Flash – We were not the first!
We were not the first to have said that the present day Richmond is the first and the oldest Wesleyan Methodist Mission School in the Country. We have found several publications that have been published before the website went live that say Richmond is the First School. We were elated when we saw this. (see the right hand image…).
Sometimes information are found in unusual places like in this book which is a book on Social History. We are now in a position to present two pages from a publication by Dr. Kannangara, D. Phil (Oxford) . Please click on each page to take you to a full view of the page.
This relates to the year 1841 and the first seven schools to be listed in the School Commission. The publication also says the “First Mission School” in Galle referring to Richmond gave an English Education. In 1841 no schools by these names existed but the author has merely identified the seven schools by their present names. The author is a D. Phil (Oxford) is an author of several publications who was held in high esteem at the Oxford University according to several members of the learned society. Having spoken to several intellectuals we were told that the author of this publication was a solid and a brilliant scholar. However he is not a product of Richmond.
This was the review for the book:
This is a posthumously published book. The Author died in July 2004 leaving “a vast collection of Notes….collected from the Sri Lankan National Archives, the British National Archives in London, the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris,…. and a tentative plan for the book…”. His wife, Monica was determined to have the book published on his behalf and undertook to fulfill her husband’s aspirations. It was a difficult task that took all her time and energy. Though domiciled in Paris she travelled extensively and completed it!
Thank you for letting me go through your very interesting and clearly written study of the social history of Sri Lanka. I have done my best to “proof read’ the text and edit it a little … It is quite clear that you and your late husband have done a tremendous amount of detailed original research, unearthing all kinds of fascinating data which I feel sure will enlighten, stimulate, and in places, amuse today’s Sri Lankans who want to know more about where they are coming from. More specifically, I think that the book should be aimed at the intelligent general reader and students, but it will be of value to academics who need an engaging overview of the development of Sri Lanka’s society.
Honorary Research Associate
Department of Information Studies
University College, London
Formerly, Deputy Director
British Library’s Oriental & India Office Collections
We are happy to announce that three Academics of repute who went through the comprehensive history of Richmond with all references provided working independently agree that the chronological history that was presented is correct. We will present their unbiased findings in the near future and let the viewers to decide.