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Ceylon & Sri Lanka Banknotes Coins, 100 RUPEE

Collection of Banknotes and Coins for Sri Lanka (& Ceylon before 1972). Collectors items related to 100 Rupee


Collection Stamps for Sri Lanka (& Ceylon before 1972). Collectors items related to Royal College Colombo. The Royal College Colombo (commonly known as Royal) was founded in January 1835. It is considered to be the leading Public School in Sri Lanka. It is a National School, meaning that it is controlled by the central government as opposed to the Provincial Council and provides both primary and secondary education. Royal College has produced many distinguished personalities, including 2 Presidents of two countries, a Sultan, three Prime Ministers and countless number of intellectuals. The school was founded by the Rev. Joseph Marsh, the acting Colonial Chaplain at St. Paul's Church as the Hill Street Academy in January 1835, as a private institution with 20 students, mainly from the upper class Burgher community situated at Hill Street, Pettah.

In January 4, 1836, the British Governor of Ceylon Sir Robert Wilmot-Horton, converted it, as the Colombo Academy, into a public school modeled on Eton College, with Marsh continuing as Head master. The oldest Public School on the island with the governor as its patron, it was intended to give to the children of leading Ceylonese an education which would make them fit to be citizens of the British Empire. In July 1836 the school was moved to San Sebastian Hill, Pettah, it would stay there for another 75 years before being shifted to Thurstan Road. In 1859 it was renamed Colombo Academy and Queens College and affiliated to the University of Oxford. In 1865 the Morgan Committee of inquiry into education recommended that it be reorganized and that scholarships should be awarded to study in Oxford.

It became the Colombo Academy once again in 1869. In 1881 it was renamed Royal College with the royal consent from Her Majesty Queen Victoria. The Gazette Notification giving Her Majesty Queen Victoria's approval to change the name of the school was appeared on July 31, 1881. With the introduction of free education in Ceylon in 1931 Royal stopped charging fees from its students thus proving education free of charge to this day. Old College Building (1911-1921)The school was originally at Maradana, right next to Hulftsdorp, but moved to San Sebastian, Pettah and then in 27 August 1913 the school was moved to its new building at Thurstan Road which is now the main building of the University of Colombo.

Ten years later on 10th October 1923 the school moved once again, this time to the newly built Victorian styled building on Reid Avenue, which it still occupies. This move was due the suggestion made by a higher education committee in 1914, witch suggested that Royal College should be converted in to a University College. Due to the objections made by members of the Royal College Old Boys Union, especially by the speeches made by Frederick Dornhorst KC, the Governor of Ceylon Lord Chalmers instead created a separate University College named University College Colombo, at the schools former premises which became the University of Colombo in the later years. In 1940 the school was again on the move this time due to the start of World War II in the far east.

The school was ordered to move out and the British Army moved in establishing a military hospital in the school buildings. Principal E.L. Bradby made sure the education of the students was carried on unhindered by moving the students in to four private villas (known as bungalows in Ceylon) at Turret Street, Colombo and shifting the 1-3 forms to Glendale bungalow in Bandarawela where it was till 1948. After the war the school was relocated to its old home on Ried Avenue, Colombo. In August 1977 the Royal College Preparatory School was amalgamated to Royal College forming the school's primary school, with it came the county's only national theatre at the time the Navarangahala.

Stamps, WESAK

Collection of Stamps for Sri Lanka (& Ceylon before 1972). Collectors items related to wesak Lanka. Vesak (Sinhalese) is an annual holiday observed by practicing Buddhists. The word Vesak itself is the Sinhalese language word for the Pali variation, 'Visakha'. Vaishakha is the name of the second month of the lunar Hindu calendar. Vesak is a public holiday in many Asian countries like Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, and also Indonesia, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. The exact date of Vesak varies according to the various lunar calendars used in different traditions. In Theravada countries following the Buddhist calendar, it falls on the full moon Poya day (typically the 5th or 6th lunar month). The date varies from year to year in the Western Gregorian calendar but falls in April or May. It actually encompasses the birth, enlightenment Nirvana, and passing (Parinirvana) of Gautama Buddha. In Sri Lanka, stamps are issued every year for Vesak or Wesak as it is known.


Collection of Stamps for Sri Lanka (& Ceylon before 1972). Collectors items related to Wewurukannala. 15 miles east of Matara is the town of Dikwella, where there is one of the most extraordinary Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka. The Wewurukannala Vihara temple is dominated by an image of a seated Buddha. It is 160ft high, the largest statue in all of Sri Lanka and dates back to the time of King Rajadhi (1782 - 1798). The temple has three parts, the oldest being about 250 years old; however this is of no particular interest. The next part has life size models of demons and sinners shown in graphic detail. If you don't follow the path to enlightenment this is what happens to you. Punishments include being drunken in boiling cauldrons, swan in half, disemboweled and so on. Finally there is the enormous seated Buddha that is as high as an eight storey building.


Collection of Stamps for Sri Lanka (& Ceylon before 1972). Collectors items related to Dunhinda. Dunhinda waterfall is big waterfall of Sri Lanka and which is at Soranathota place of Badulla Sri Lanka. Dunhinda waterfall is made by jump water with high gap of Badulu river. This water ways started with Uma Oya, Hal Oya and various water ways. Dunhinda is at Badulla - Mahiyangana road and there are about 10km from Badulla town. Dunhinda waterfalls at about 1km from main road. This path is to be walk. First you can see little Dunhinda waterfalls which is at downside of main waterfall.


Collection of Stamps for Sri Lanka (& Ceylon before 1972). Collectors items related to Devinuwara. Devinuwara situated in the southern most point in Sri Lanka, is one of the oldest cities in the country.It goes back to the established of history of 690 AC, which is the opening year of reign of king Dapulusen.This oldest city has been the kingdom of about 30 kings and they all have contributed to develop this kingdom city and to maintain it.


Collection of Stamps for Sri Lanka (& Ceylon before 1972). Collectors items related to International Labour Organisation. The ILO was established as an agency of the League of Nations in the Treaty of Versailles, which ended World War I.

Post-war reconstruction and the protection of labour unions occupied the attention of many nations during and immediately after World War I. In Great Britain, the Whitley Commission, a subcommittee of the Reconstruction Commission, recommended in its July 1918 Final Report that 'industrial councils' be established throughout the world. The British Labour Party had issued its own reconstruction programme in the document titled Labour and the New Social Order. In February 1918, the third Inter-Allied Labour and Socialist Conference (representing delegates from Great Britain, France, Belgium and Italy) issued its report, advocating an international labour rights body, an end to secret diplomacy, and other goals. And in December 1918, the American Federation of Labor (AFL) issued its own distinctively apolitical report, which called for the achievement of numerous incremental improvements via the collective bargaining process.

As the war drew to a close, two competing visions for the post-war world emerged. The first was offered by the International Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU), which called for a meeting in Berne in July 1919. The Berne meeting would consider both the future of the IFTU and the various proposals which had been made in the previous few years. The IFTU also proposed including delegates from the Central Powers as equals. Samuel Gompers, president of the AFL, boycotted the meeting, wanting the Central Powers delegates in a subservient role as an admission of guilt for their countries' role in the bringing about war. Instead, Gompers favored a meeting in Paris which would only consider President Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points as a platform. Despite the American boycott, the Berne meeting went ahead as scheduled. In its final report, the Berne Conference demanded an end to wage labour and the establishment of socialism. If these ends could not be immediately achieved, then an international body attached to the League of Nations should enact and enforce legislation to protect workers and trade unions.

Meanwhile, the Paris Peace Conference sought to dampen public support for communism. Subsequently, the Allied Powers agreed that clauses should be inserted into the emerging peace treaty protecting labour unions and workers' rights, and that an international labour body be established to help guide international labour relations in the future. The advisory Commission on International Labour Legislation was established by the Peace Conference to draft these proposals. The Commission met for the first time on February 1, 1919, and Gompers was elected chairman.


Collection Stamps for Sri Lanka (& Ceylon before 1972). Collectors items related to King Devanampiyatissa. King Tissa ruled Anuradhapura for forty years from 247-207 B.C. He is considered to be the first consecrated King of Sri Lanka who was also a close friend of the contemporary Indian Emperor Asoka. When Tissa sent envoys to Asoka with costly presents the Emperor in return conferred various honours on the envoys and on Tissa and sent everything that was required for the consecration of a king.

In addition, the envoys were asked to convey to Tissa that he (Asoka) had declared himself a lay disciple of Sakyamuni Buddha and that he would like Tissa himself to seek refuge in the three supreme gems. At this consecration the King took the epithet Devanampiya meaning 'beloved of the Gods' that Asoka himself used, thus becoming Devanampiyatissa.

This was a great festival day in Sri Lanka. King Devanampiyatissa who was the ruling monarch declared a festival of water-sport for the inhabitants of the city and went hunting with his attendants. He ran up to Missaka mountain, and met the Thera there.


Collection Stamps for Sri Lanka (& Ceylon before 1972). Collectors items related to Scout Jamboree. 1st August 2007, saw Scouting around the world celebrate 100 years to the day from the time Baden Powell marked the opening of the first ever Scout camp on Brownsea Island by blowing into a Kudu horn.

Stamps, KINGS

Collection of Stamps for Sri Lanka (& Ceylon before 1972). Collectors items related to Kings. The city of Kandy lies at an altitude of 488.6 meters (1629 feet) above sea level in the center of the island and surrounded by the ranges of mountains. It is still very much a focal point of Sri Lankan culture. It was the capitol of last generation of Sri Lanka`s kings until it fell in to the hands of British in 1815. Kandy was originally known as Senkadagala pura after a hermit named Senkada who lived there. Many of Sinhalese people call it.


Best of Ceylon & Sri Lanka Stamp Mini Sheets (souvenir sheets), First Day Covers, Mint Stamps & Used Stamps.


Collection of Stamps for Sri Lanka (& Ceylon before 1972). Collectors items related to St Anthony. St. Anthony's College, the dear Alma Mater of past and present Antonians, marked her majestic 150th year of existence as a premier education institute in Sri Lanka. Growing strength-to-strength, through sand and stones, St. Anthony's has come a long way setting unmatched standards in Sports, Academics and Discipline.


Collection of Stamps for Sri Lanka (& Ceylon before 1972). Collectors items related to Zahira College. With a history of more than 115 years, Zahira College Colombo is, Sri Lanka


Collection of Stamps for Sri Lanka (& Ceylon before 1972). Collectors items related to Nursing. Nursing Stamp from Sri Lanka for International Nursing Day. Postal stamps are a practical way that countries can honor individuals or subjects. The United States has had far fewer postal stamps commemorating nursing than other countries. A number of nursing historians have presented stamps as historical research at Annual AAHN conferences, generally focusing on the image of nursing presented by stamps.


Collection of Stamps for Sri Lanka (& Ceylon before 1972). Collectors items related to Vesak Lanterns. Vesak is the festival, which is celebrated with high enthusiasm and elaborate preparations. Basically this is a religious festival commemorating the birth of Buddha the founder of Buddhism. This festival is celebrated in all the countries where Buddhists live in considerable number. These include India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Tibet, Laos, Myanmar and Sri Lanka.

However the name of the festival vary widely. 'Vesak' is a word in Singhalese, the language of the majority Buddhists in Sri Lanka. The main emphasis in celebrating this festival is to commemorate the events in Buddha's life namely his birth, enlightenment and passing away. Generally, the purpose of festival remains same all over the world, the way it is celebrated defer. People make Lanterns, which are generally referred to as vesak lanterns, of various shapes and sizes incorporating coloured electric lights. These lanterns are displayed in private houses as well as in streets and public places. Huge lanterns with considerable artistic appeal attract many people to the places where they are displayed.


Collection of Stamps for Sri Lanka (& Ceylon before 1972). Collectors items related to Olympic Games. The Olympic Games is an international multi-sport event subdivided into summer and winter sporting events. The summer and winter games are each held every four years (an Olympiad). Until 1992, they were both held in the same year. Since then, they have been separated two years apart

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Banknote-Sri Lanka 20 Rupee - 2001
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Sri Lanka 100 Rupee 1979
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