Sri Lanka Sinhalese Family Genealogy

 

DE LIVERA – FAMILY #3109

 

1  Denavaca Ralahami, b approx 1630 (Supposed to have originated from the Sabaragamuwa Province in the Ratnapura District, Pelmadulla Division, Denavaka Village) Ralahami is a title correctly employed by members of a Royal family,and officials of state.

(It may be assumed that during the Portuguese period (1505-1658)or early Dutch period (1658-1796) they took Western names and changed the religion.to Christianity in the Anglican sect).

This is a reputed Kandyan family that settled in the low country , and held important offices of trust under the successive Ceylon Governtments (golden book of India/Ceylon)

(It may be assumed that during the Portuguese period (1505-1658) or early Dutch period (1658-1796) they took Western names and changed their religion to Christianity in the Anglican sect). See article on De Livera Family below.

    2  Dona Ana, d:1710

        3  Don Paulo, d:1727

    2  Don Philippoe, d:1728 (he was Corale and Wibadde Rala) + Dona Gimara, d:1721(they established in Hina Corla), m:9 Nov  1708

        3  Simon Don Philippoe, bp:19 Jan 1713

        3  Maria Don Philippoe, bp:1714

        3  Catherina Don Philippoe, bp:1717

        3  Ana Don Philippoe, bp:1718

        3  Louis Don Philippoe, bp:1721

 

    2  Don Marco Appuhamy Arachi b: circa 1680, d:1722 + Dona Ana

        3  Andris de Livera Samaradiwakera Seneviratne Marappuli Mudaliyar of Raiygam Korale (was living on 12/8/1782) + Monika Perera Lama Eteni

            4  Don Kostan de Livera Samaradiwakere Seneviratne Marappuli Mohandiram of Raiygam Korale + daughter of David Perera Samaranaike Mohandiram of Wisidagama

        3  Marappuli Appuhamilage Don Simon de Livera, Aarachchi of Madurawela, Born approx 1700, + Louisa Dias Bandaranaike, b:1701, d:1733, m:15 Aug 1716, d/o Don Domngo Bandaranaike of Nawagomuwa, bp:1701 (1001)

            4  Marappuli Appuhamilage Dona Dominga de Livera

            4  Marappuli Appuhamilage Dona Ignatia de LIvera

            4  Marappuli Appuhamilage Don Daniel de LIvera

            4  Marappuli Appuhamilage Dona Ana de Livera

            4  Marappuli Appuhamilage Dona Florentina de LIvera

            4  Marappuli Appuhamilage Dona Dominga de Livera

            4  Marappuli Appuhamilage Don Theodosio de Livera

            4  Marappuli Appuhamilage Don Louis de Livera Wijewickreme Seneviratne Tennekoon of Maduruwela, Mudaliyar of Attapattu. bp: 19th Jan 1725,died 20th March 1790. + Johanna Dassanaike, bp: 3-May-1728 (d/o Joseph de Crastolian Wijesundera Dassanaike Mohandiam of Attapattu, great great grand daughter of Magamme Rala, b:1610), m:10th Jan 1751

                5  Dona Louisa de Livera b:20th May 1753 + Paulis Samarakkody-(b approx 1750)(Mohandiram.Hewagam Korale), m:3rd June 1770 (s/o John Fonseka Samanakkody Mudaliyar) (3118)

                    6  Louis Samarakkody + Francina de Livera, d/o Paules de Livera Wirakoon

                        7  James de Fonseka Samarakkody + de Livera

                            8  Lawrence Samarakkody (Lawyer) + Eheliyagoda

                                9  Lorinda Samarakkody, d:2005 + Terrance Perera

                                    10  Mahinda Perera (Aus) + Nirmalee

                                        11  Milinda Perera

                                        11  Imara Perera

                                        11  Lakshini Perera

                                        11  Sean Perera

 

                        7  **Louis Charles de Fonseka Thilakaratne Samarakkody. b 1840. STC Mount Lavinia + Cornelia Fredrica Siriwardena, (great grand daughter of David de Silva Siriwardene, Mudliyar Raigam Korale, grand daughter of Simon de Silva Siriwardene Maha Mudliyar and daughter of Jacobus Dionysius de Siva Siriwardene), Mohandiram Alukuru Korale, Mudaliyar Kegalle Kachcherri. President 6 village Tribunals.Mudaliyar under Governor Gate 1883. Had following estates-Lenegala Estate Panagoda, Mahalanda Estate, Rambukkana Kegalle. (They lived in a house in Wolfendhal Street Fort,Colombo).

                            8  William Charles Samarakkody.Born approx 1875, educated at Wesley College.

                            8  Jane Samarakkody. died unmarried

                            8  Charles Henry Augustinus Samarakkody (Mudaliyar Pasdum Korale) + Yohanna Peiris Deraniyagala. Their house was called “Sorodoven” - presently the Gampaha Holy Family Convent)

                    9  Solomon Samarakkody (Lawyer) + Iole de Livera (3109)

                                    10  Srikumar Samarakkody (Doctor) (STC) + Nanda Jayasinghe no children

                        10  Srivanka Samarakkody + Welagedara 2 children STC Mount Lavinia

                        10  Rajan Samarakkody + Irani Alahakoon. 3 children STC Mount Lavinia

                                    10  Sriyani Samarakkody + Gamini Jayaweera one son (pilot)

                                    10  Rohini Samarakkody (unmarried)

                        10  Malkanthi Samarakkody + Gehan de Livera (NZ)

                                        11  Roland de Livera

                                        11  Jeevaka de Livera

                        10  Indrajith Samarakkody, STC Mount Lavinia

                            11  Name Not Known

                            11  Name Not Known

                        10  Suvendrini Samarakkody + Nihal Gunathilaka (no issue)

 

                    9  Millicent Samarakkody (d:1994) + Jimmy Seneviratne.

                        10  Wasanthi Seneviratne + Marshal Wijesinghe (SLAF)

                            11  Ayanthi Wijesinghe.(UK) + Samith.

                                    10  Ranjith Seneviratne (STC.Mt Lavinia) +  Deepthi

                                        11  Hirantha Seneviratne STC.Mt Lavinia

                                    10  Tissa Seneviratne (Dr.) STC Mount Lavinia + Shreeni Attygalle

                            11  Thishani Seneviratne + Name Not Known

                                12  Daughter

                                12  Daughter

                                        11  Chaminda Seneviratne (STC Mt Lavinia) + Misthi de Silva

 

                                9  Dagmar Samarakkody (1912-2000) + *Edmund Samarakkody.(1912-1992), (MP Dehiowita & Bulathsinhala . Lawyer STC Mount Lavinia

                        10  Nahil Samarakkody, STC Mount Lavinia, Lawyer + Yvonne Kobbekaduwa (sister of Lt. General Denzil Kobbekaduwa)

                            11  Pulinda Samarakkody, STC. Mount Lavinia (cricket for STC), + Minoli Sirimanne, Has a daughter and lives in Vancouver.

                                        11  Sidath Samarakkody, STC Mount Lavinia (captained cricket team) + Ms Peiris has 2 children.

                                        11  Swanthi Samarakkody (California)

                                    10  Chulanganee Samarakkody. + Nihal Tudugalle (SLAF) (Singapore)

                            11  Hasitha Tudugalle

                            11  Shasita Tudugalle

                            11  Thilanka Tudugalle

 

                                9  Robert Samarakkody (1913-1998 )+ Allina Dassanayake

                        10  Amara Samarakkody(PhD) + Kusum Perera

                            11  Chandana Yasanatha (California)

                           10  Senaka Samarakkody +  Mangalika Jayathilake (California)

                                        11  Tharuja Samarakkody + Ashok Ponnambalam (Texas), two boys

                                        11  Sajeevani Samarakkody + Brandon Hughes (California)

                                        11  Niroshana Samarakkody + Ushma Bhatt (California)

 

                                9  Douglas Samarakkody

                                    10  Nanda Samarakkody

                                    10  Somapala Samarakkody

                                    10  Son

                                    10  Neela Samarakkody

                                    10  Mahinda Samarakkody

                                    10  Shrimathi Samarakkody

                                9  2nd spouse of Douglas Samarakkody + Nedra Bandaranaike (SWRD’s cousin) (1001)

                                    10  Dudley Samarakkody

                                    10  Chrisantha Samarakkody

                        10  Niranjala Samarakkody

 

                                9  Olga Samarakkody + Henry Taldena

                                    10  Lankasa Taldena

                                    10  Jayantha Taldena, died unmarried

 

                                9  Amy Samarakkody (b.1917) + Milton Samarakkody.(1915-1964)

                                    10  Shiranthi Samarakkody (UK) + Cyril Wijesekera

                                        11  Nevin Wijesekera (Dr)

                                        11  Amantha Wijesekera

                                    10  Sivendrini (Babishi) Samarakkody unmarried

 

                                    10  Mohan Samarakkody, STC Mount Lavinia + Priyani Senewiratne

                                        11  Sandeepani Samarakkody + Alutwala

                                        11  Yasamali Samarakkody

                                    10  Romesh Samarakkody, STC.Mt Lavinia (Lawyer) + Anoma Meddegoda    

                                        11  Shalini Samarakkody + Kodikara

 

                    9  Vernon Samarakkody, died unmarried

 

                    9  Lionel Samarakkody + Chandra de Sarem, d:Feb 16 2007 (see obituary notice below**)

                                    10  Sasanka Samarakkody (Journalist)

                

                    9  Lilly Samarakkody + Eric de Alwis.(died of a heart attack at Royal-Thomian match in the 1960’s)

                                    10  Neomal de Alwis.STC.Mount Lavinia(married )

                                    10  Rohan de Alwis.STC.Mount Lavinia(unmarried)

                                    10  Duleep de Alwis.STC.Mount Laviniamarried Chubby Meddegoda

                                        11  Son and a daughter

 

                    9  Harriet Samarakkody +  Godfrey Perera.

                                    10  Anoja Perera (NZ) + Mohan Senanayake

                                        11  Roshanara Senanayake

                                        11  Samantha Senanayake

                                    10  Dilip Perera, STC.Mount Lavinia, d:1998 + Sunethra Senanayake

                                        11  Daughter

                                        11  Son

                                    10  Heshan Perera (USA), STC.Mount Lavinia

                                    10  Eranjani Perera (Aus) + Pasan Manawadu

                                        11  Dmithri Manawadu

 

                            8  Edwin Charles Augustus Samarakkody. b:1881, Proctor Dist Court Colombo. + Rosalyn Peiris Deraniyagala.

                                9  Malcolm Samarakkody, b:4 Sep 1923, Royal College, Worked as Asst Commissioner National Housing + Daisy Kobbekaduwa. born 28/6/1926 (aunt of Lieutenant General Denzil Kobbekaduwa, Daisy Kobbekaduwa is from Kandy and related to the Ratwatte, Hulangamuwa, Halangoda and Amunugama families.)

                                    10  Shiranthi died at 29 years in 1979                               

                                    10  Nirmani (Nimmi) Samarakkody

                                        11  Randy + Buddhini

                                        11  Samadhi

                                    10  Tyronne Samarakkody

                                    10  Marlon Samarakkody + Padma

                                    10  Anomi Samarakkody + Asoka Abeydeera

                                        11  Nirusha Abeydeera, b:1995

                                        11  Dishan Abeydeera, b:1995

                                        11  Nishani Abeydeera, b:1995 (California)

                                9  Hinton Samarakkody.

                                9  Dottie Samarakkody + Clive Dias Bandaranaike

                                    10  Sripali Bandaranaike

 

                                                    8  Peter Charles Samarakkody. Mohandiram Governor Gate period and planter. + Anne Catherine Thilakaratne. (d/o John Nicholas Thilakaratne Mudaliyar of Matara)                    

                                9  Elsie Samarakkody + Quintas Gunewardena

                                    10  Eileen Gunewardena

                                    10  Desmond Gunewardena +  Rani

                                    10  Champani Gunewardena +  Eustus (California)

                                    10  Derrick Gunewardena

                                        11  Shane Gunewardena

                                    10  Doreen Gunewardena + Balendra

                                        11  Sriyakanthi Balendra

                                    10  Hyacinth Gunewardena + Dias (formerly Central Bank)

                    9  Togo Samarakkody + Rivette Abeysinghe

                                    10  Wimala (adopted) and has 4 children

                    9  Siripala Samarakkody (MP-Narammala) (1907-1944), + Girlie Senanayake (daughter of FR Senanayake) (3001)

                                    10  Malini Samarakkody  + Raja Ratnagopal

                                        11  four children

                                    10  Rukmani Samarakkody  + Sena Attygalle

                                        11  three children

                                    10  Surangani Samarakkody  + Dr Ranasinghe (UK)

                                        11  Channa Ranasinghe

                                        11  Thiruni Ranasinghe

                                        11  Ruwani Ranasinghe

                    9  Nannie Samarakkody + Phillip Senewiratne

                                    10  Dr. Brian Senewiratne (Aus) +  Alagaratnam

                                        11  Romesh Senewiratne

                                        11  Sherine Senewiratne

                                    10  Phobe Senewiratne +  Nanda Yatawara.

                                        11  two sons and a daughter.

                    9  Edmund Samarakkody.1912-1992.Lawyer.STC.Mount Lavinia MP for Dehiowita 1957  MP for Bulathsinhala 1960 LSSP. Participated in the freedom struggle for Sri Lanka. + Dagmar Samarakkody

                                    10  Nahil Samarakkody.Lawyer. + Yvonne Kobbekaduwa (see above)

                                    10  Chulanganee. + Nihal Tudugalle (see above)

                    9  Lilly Samarakkody + Piyadasa Senanayake (3001)

                                    10  Lilani Senanayake + Jayasinghe.

                                    10  Egerton Senanayake (UK)

                                    10  Devendra Senanayake

                                    10  Ananda Senanayake

                                9  Milton Samarakkody (1915-1964) + Amy Samarakkody

                                    10  Shiranthi Samarakkody

                                    10  Mohan Samarakkody

                                    10  Suvendrini Samarakkody

                        10  Romesh Samarakkody (Lawyer)

                 

                    9  Zeida Samarakkody

 

                                9  Steven Samarakkody.MP Polgahawela 1960. + Neeta Senanayake

                                    10  Sriyani Samarakkody + Mahinda Yatawaka

                                        11  Son

                                        11  Daughter

                                    10  Dilkara +  Shanthi Perera

                                    10  Shanthi Perera

 

                    9  Effie Samarakkody + Pani Ilangakoon

                                    10  Rohan Ilangakoon

                                    10  Dullip Ilangakoon

                                    10  Lakshan Ilangakoon

                                    10  Jayantha Ilangakoon

                                    10  Tanya Ilangakoon

 

                            8  Charlotte Henrietta Samarakkody 1880-1970 + Godwin de Livera.1876-1921 Revenue Officer (3109)      

                                9  Carita de Livera, died unmarried                        

                                9  Ivy de Livera, died unmarried

                                9  Zisca de Livera, died unmarried

                                9  Iole de Livera + Solomn Samarakkody.

                                    10  Dr. Srikumar Samarakkody + Nanda

                                    10  Srivanka Samarakkody + Welagedera

                                    10  Rajan Samarakkody + Ira Alahakoon

                                    10  Sriyani Samarakkody + Gamini Jayaweera

                                    10  Rohini Samarakkody

                                    10  Malkanthi Samarakkody + Gehan de Livera (NZ)

                                    10  Indrajith Samarakkody + Name Not Known

                                        11  son

                                        11  daughter

                                    10  Suvendrini Samarakkody + Nihal Gunathilake

 

                                9  Vaughn de Livera 1917-2003. STC +  Chandra Pieris Deraniyagala (1005)

                                    10  Yasmin de Livera(Aus) + Ramesh Abeysekera

                                        11  Jehan Abeysekera

                                        11  Yohan Abeysekera

                                    10  Gayan de Livera died unmarried STC.Mount Lavinia

 

                                9  Louis Charles de Livera (Carl), 1919-1969 STC Mt Lavinia, Lawyer Colombo, District Court Gertrude Seneviratne .Eng .Instructor.(3108)

                                    10  Sunil de Livera.Musicion.STC.Mount Lavinia, 1956-2003, d:unmarried  

                                    10  Manjula de Livera, STC Mount Lavinia, (b:1960), (Accountant/Deputy Chief Internal Auditor Urban Development Authority Sri Lanka, 1985-2005), migrated to Melbourne Australia in  2006Lakshmi Arulanandam, Lawyer (5030, 5037)

                                        11  Rahul de Livera b 1994,  Rowville Sec. College, Aus

                                        11  Shruti de Livera b 2001, Rowville Primary, Aus

                                    10  Lankika de Livera b1964  Journalist, Bishops College 1st + Prasanna Panditharatne.

                                        11  Kusan Panditharatne.STC. Kollupitiya

                                    10  Lankika de Livera, b:1964, journalist, Bishops College + S. Srikumar (Accountant) STC Mt Lavinia

 

                           8  Mary Elizebeth Samarakkody + Arthur Thilakaratne.

                               9  Grace Thilakaratne + Francis Senewiratne.

                                   10  Ranjith died at 16yrs

                       10  Nimal Senewiratne + Geetha

                                       11  Amanda Senewiratne

                                       11  Eshan Senewiratne

                                   10  Niranjala Senewiratne + Kalinda Doranagoda

                                       11  Shamila Doranagoda (Aus) +  Duminda Maligaspe

                                           12  Dinuri Maligaspe

                                   10  Priyani Senewiratne + Mohan Samarakkody

                                       11  Sandeepani Samarakkody

                                       11  Yasamali Samarakkody

                              9  Olive Thilakaratne +  Francis Wijesundera

 

                5  de Livera Wijewickrema Tennakoon - from Ampitigala (born approx 1758)

                    6  de Livera Wijewickrema Tennakoon - to be traced (born approx 1800)

                        7  de Livera Wijewickrema Tennakoon – to be traced (born approx 1840)

                            8  Abraham de Livera (b approx  1880) + Anna Florentina Dias Bandaranaike (1001)

                                9  May de Livera

                                9  Christopher de Livera (b approx 1920) (Lawyer) + Nimal Pieris

                                   10  Asanthi de Livera + Oswin de Alwis

                                   10  Shanaka de Livera b 1959 (Lawyer)(STC Mt Lavinia) + Samanda

                                       11  Sajin de Livera

                                       11  Shealan de Livera

                                   10  Priyan de Livera (Lawyer)

 

                5  Don Carolis de Livera Wijewickrema Tennekoon,b: circa 1760, Mudliyar of Attapattu 1800, with honorary rank of Maha Mudaliyar of the Gate, Fredrick North Governor gave a medal to Don Carolis de Livera Wijewickrema Tennekoon for long and faithful services, as Mudliyar of Attapattu in .A.D.1804 +  d/o Don Simon de Silva Jayathilake Seneviratne Maha Mudaliyar, m:11th Feb 1790.

                    6  David de Livera Wijewardena Tennakoon Mudliyar of the Gate (Muhamdiram, Hewagam Korale) and translator of Commissioner of Revenue office bp: 7th Feb 1794 + Dona Louisa Dias Abeysinghe, m:2hd July 1821.

                        7  [6] Julias Earnest de Livera + [5] Jane Maria de Livera

                        7  [7] Franciscus de Livera, Mudliyar Alukuru Korale + [8] Charlott Fredricka de Livera (d/o Simon de Livera Mudaliyar)

                            8  Dr Edwin de Livera b:25-May-1849, see pic below (Member of British Medical Association), Educated at Colombo Acadamy. In 1870 received Jijeebhoy scholarship Calcutta. In 1873 went to Glasgow and obtained MBCM. 1900 Provincial Surgeon of NW province and Sabaragamuwa. Resided in Kandy. Colonial Surgeon + Alexandra Eliza Speldewine (Maartensz) from Batticaloa. b1863

                            8  Walter de Livera, b:1863, (Royal College, Colombo), Police Magistrate & Commissioner of Requests at Chilaw and Marawila in 1898. Occupied similar positions since 1902 at Gampola and Nawalapitiya. Served as Private Secretary,first to Sir Harry Dias Bandaranaike and later to Sir Archibald Cambell Laurie. Walter de Livera’s home was in Veyangoda, and he was fond of Horticulture. Member of the Orient Club and Turf Club and also of the Ceylon Agricultural Society. + Elizabeth Dias Bandaranaike m:1898 (Sister of Soloman Dias Bandaranaike(Maha Mudaliyar) (1001)

                                9  Manique de Livera, b:1892

                                9  "Princess" de Livera (Joy), b:1900, d 1921 + Reginold Felix Dias Bandaranaike, b:1891, d:1950, m:1921 (1001)

                                    10  Reginold Walter Dias Bandaranaike b 1921 + Norah Hunter Crabb

                                        11  Alison Dias Bandaranaike + Wolfram Kock (Austria)

                                        11  Julia Dias Bandaranaike + Stuart Orford (UK)

                                            12  Name Not Known                                 

 

                    6  Louis de Livera Samaranaike Tennekoon, Attapattu Mudliyar bp: 8th May 1796

                        7  [5] Jane Maria de Livera +  [6] Julias Earnest de Livera (Mohandiram), (s/o Don David de Livera Tennakoon, Translator Colombo Kachcheri and Mudaliyar of the Governor's Gate, bp 7th Feb 1794)

                            8  Louis de Livera Wijewickrema Tennakoon (Mudaliyar)

                            8  Julian Richard de Livera Wijewickrema Tennakoon (Draftsman)

                            8  Don Edwin de Livera Wijewickrema Senewiratne Tennekoon, b approx 1878, Mohandiram Governor Gate,and Chief translator of Colombo Kachcheri.1901 appointed as Shroff Mudaliyar of Colombo Kachcheri. Educated at Stc.Mtl(1894-1897). Born at Attapattu Walauwa, Barber Street Colombo. administered his fathers properties, In 1897 he entered Govt Service and was appointed First Native writer of Colombo Kachcheri + Venitia Nillie Theodara Dassenaike. (in 1900)

(s/o Louis Arthur Dassenaike, and d/o Henricus Louis Dassenaike -Mudaliyar) (3148)

                               9  William Vernon de Livera Tennakoon b approx 1920

                                   10  de Livera Tennakoon

                                   10  Palitha Edwin de Livera Tennakoon (Canada)b approx 1950.

                                  

                               9  Nellie Margret Evelyn de Livera

                               9  Venitia Myrily de Livera

                            8  Henry Stuart de Livera.(Proctor)

                            8  Jane de Livera

                            8  Annie de Livera

 

                    6  Maria de Livera bp: 21st August 1791 +  Cornelis de Saram Mudaliyar (3126)

 

                    6  Petronella de Livera bp: 8th May,1796 + J.L Perera, Kuruwe Mudaliyar, b:1775, d:1850

                        7  John Abraham Wijesekera Gunerwardena Maha Mudaliyar, m:19th Nov 1847, d:1879

                        7  Luke Perera, drowned in Raigam Korale 17th July 1849.

                        7  Caroline Perera, b:1808 d1873 + Johan Godfrid Cornelis Peiris Samarawira Siriwardhana Mohottiar. m:1834

                        7  Charlotte Perera + Don Andris de Alwis Amarasiriwardhana Gunathileke Mudaliyar of the Gate.

                        7  Eliza Perera + Johannes Adrian Peter Peiris Samarasinhe Siriwardhana Mohandiram, m:1847

                        7  Catharine Perera + John Abraham Perera Gunerwardena Mohandiram.

 

            4  Don Balthazar de Livera Wijewickrema Seneviratne Mudaliyar, Hewagam Korale. Received medal from Governor Fredrick North for good

    services in 1803. Was appointed Mudaliyar of Hewagam Korale with the same degree of State as allowed under Dutch Govt to Mudaliyars. All Mohandirams, Aratchis, Canganis, Lascorins and every other person was ordered to respect him, (Mudaliyar of Bentota, Walallawatta Korale, residence at Bentota)+ Dona Catherina Perera, of Panadura m:1778

                Johanna Petrenella de Livera bp:6-Sep-1780 + Don Solomon Dias Bandaranaike Mudaliyar m:17-Jun-1805, d:15-Sep-1859 (1001), (SWRD’s GGF-his 1st marriage)

                5  Christina Louisa de Livera bap:26 May 1782 

                5  Justina Monika de Livera bap:6 Jun 1784  + Abraham Petrus Dias Bandaranaike m:14-Feb-1809 (1001)

                5  Nicholas Johannes de Livera bap:3 Aug 1786 

 

                5  Simon de Livera Samaranayake Senewiratne Mudaliyar, bp: 4th May 1779, Mudaliyar Hewagam Korale, 3rd Attapattu Mudliyar,

District Judge, Matara.)

+ Elizebeth Dias Bandaranaike, m:1st Nov 1807, (d/o Don Alexander Dias Bandaranaike), (Grand daughter of Don Francisco Dias Bandaranaike b:1720 Mudaliyar), (Francisco Bandaranaike is the great great great grand father of SWRD Bandaranaike) (Don Simon 2hd marriage (1809) to Dona Florentina Abeysinghe,daughter of JW Dias Abeysinghe Mohandiram and had Fredrick baptised 9th August 1813. he became District Judge Matara) (1001)

                    6  [8] Charlott Fredricka de Livera +   [7] Franciscus de Livera, Mudliyar Alukuru Korale

                        7  Dr Edwin Simon Ernest de Livera b:25-May-1849, see pic below (Member of British Medical Association), Educated at Colombo Acadamy. In 1870 received Jijeebhoy scholarship Calcutta. In 1873 went to Glasgow and obtained MBCM in 1877.And in 1894 he was senior medical officer in EP, Ceylon. 1900 Provincial Surgeon of NW province and Sabaragamuwa. Resided in Kandy. Colonial Surgeon + Alexandra Eliza Speldewine (Maartensz) from Batticaloa. b15/7/1863.(Eliza Maartinsz in her 1st marriage with Francis Speldewine (b31/3/1849-d30/5/1887) had by him 6 children.)

                        7  Walter de Livera, b:1863, (Royal College, Colombo), Police Magistrate & Commissioner of Requests at Chilaw and Marawila in 1898. Occupied similar positions since 1902 at Gampola and Nawalapitiya. Served as Private Secretary,first to Sir Harry Dias Bandaranaike and later to Sir Archibald Cambell Laurie. Walter de Livera’s home was in Veyangoda, and he was fond of Horticulture. Member of the Orient Club and Turf Club and also of the Ceylon Agricultural Society. + Elizabeth Dias Bandaranaike b:1864, m:1898 (Sister of Soloman Dias Bandaranaike(Maha Mudaliyar) (1001)

                            8  Manique de Livera, b:1892

                            8   "Princess" de Livera (Joy), b:1900 + Reginold Felix Dias Bandaranaike, (Bunny) b:1891, d:1950, m:1921 (1001)

                                9  Reginold Walter Dias Bandaranaike + Norah Hunter Crabb

                                    10  Alison Dias Bandaranaike + Wolfram Kock (Austria)

                                    10  Julia Dias Bandaranaike + Stuart Orford (UK)

                                        11  Name Not Known

 

                    6  Cornelius de Livera (b:1808) + Isabella Dias Bandaranaike (1001)

                        7  James de Livera (lawyer) + Fredricka

                            8  Violet de Livera

                                9  Mona + Manickam Saravanamuttu (High Commissioner Malaysia)

                                     10  Dr Manorani Saravanamuttu, d:2001 + Lucian de Zoysa.

                                         11  *****Richard de Zoysa (Journalist/Actor),1958-1990 STC Mt Lavinia (assasinated)

                            8  Jane de Livera

                            8  Ella de Livera

                            8  Rienzi de Livera, d:1939, Inspector of Police + Elizebeth Bandaranaike 1908-1987 (1001)

                                9  Rienzi de Livera

                                    10  Vivina de Livera + Derek Walter Samarasinghe, b:1927

                                        11  Dinesh Samarasinghe

                                        11  Suren Samarasinghe + Ratwatte
                                              12 
Samarasinghe
                                              12 
Samarasinghe

                                        11  Dr.Ravindra Samarasinghe*** (1963-2007, see below for appreciation) Leopard Conservationist Died in a car accident

                            8  ****Edmund de Livera, (wrote the St.Thomas’s College, college song)

                            8  Ronald de Livera + Nellie

                                9  James Ronald V.de Livera (Ronnie), 1934-1980 + Chandrani Thilakaratne, 1931-2004

                                    10  [1] Gehan de Livera, Royal, (NZ) + [2] Malkanthi Samarakkody (two children)

                                        11  [3] Jeevaka de Livera + Myra Fernandes

                                             12  Rehan de Livera

                                             12  Shanik de Livera

                                        11  [4] Ronald de Livera

                                    10  Nelun de Livera + Edward Perera

                                        11  Nihal Perera

                                        11  Samantha Perera

                                    10  Shirani de Livera + Ananda Wethasinghe

                                        11  Himali Wethasinghe

                                        11  James Wethasinghe

                                    10  James Ranil de Livera, Royal College + Anusha Dickman
                                     8  Percy Walter Fredrick de Livera + Daisy Ione Tilakaratne

                                9  Oscar de Livera 1905-1988, (STC Mt Lavinia) (Was Ambassador to Pakistan 1985) + Helen de Saram, b:1910, d/o Lionel de Saram

                                    10  Asela de Livera + Sharma Dassanaike

                                        11  Ashan de Livera

                                        11  Shanila de Livera

                                9  Michael de Livera, STC Mount Lavinia + Margie Irugalbandara

                                    10  Mario Kshani de Livera, St. Benedict's College, Kotahena

                                    10  Dinesh de Livera, St. Benedict's College, Kotahena + Priyani de Zoysa

                                        11  Druvindra de Livera, St. Peter's College, Colombo 4, Sri Lanka (Ceylon), McKinnon Secondary/University of Melbourne

                                        11  Erange de Livera, St. Peter's College, Colombo 4, Sri Lanka (Ceylon), McKinnon Secondary

                                9  Fred de Livera + Martha Jayaweera

                                    10  Chulangani de Livera

                                    10  Amal de Livera

                                    10  Chrishantha de Livera

                                    10  Margantha + Anton Saparamadu

                                9  Audrey de Livera + Vernon Abeysinghe

                                    10  Dharshani Abeysinghe + Dr Janaka Goonetilleke

                                        11  Dr Prasanna Goonetilleke

                                        11  Ranil Goonetilleke

                                           9  Douglas Ivan de Livera b1910 d1979 (Lieutenant Commander Royal Ceylon Navy-Participated in World war 2-Burma Campaign)(He was also the commanding officer of the Sri Lanka Navy’s 1st gun boat the “Parakrama”)(Migrated to Melbourne Australia) + Carmen Inez Van Cuylenburg (3109)

                                                10  Daphne de Livera

                                                10  Jennifer de Livera + Dominic Boffa

                                                10  Cheryl de Livera

                                                10  Kevin de Livera b1962

                                                      11  Luke de Livera

                                                      11  Merryn de Livera

                                                10  Christopher de Livera

                                            9  Bertie de Livera.+ Antoinette

                                                10  Roger de Livera (Sydney Australia)

                               

                                 9  James Henry(Jim) de Livera.(24/3/1912-19/10/1985) + Sumana Obeyesekere (1/1/1916-28/6/2000)(d of Hope Obeyesekere + Edith Ganegoda)

                                    10  Daisy de Livera + Quintas Perera

                                          11 Palitha Perera + Deborah

                                          11 Vasanthi Perera + Manoj Fernandez

                                    10  Sita de Livera + Sebastián Wickremasekere

                                          11  Shehan Wickremasekere

                                    10  Ratna de Livera

                                    10  Juanita de Livera

                                    10  Rukmani de Livera + Tilak Wijesinghe

                                    10  Erin de Livera + Maxwell Fernando

                                          11 Stephani Fernando

                                          11 Shehan Fernando

                                9  Norman de Livera, Served in the Royal Army for 2hd World War

                                9  Yvonne de Livera + Mervyn Metthananda

 

                           8  Flora de Livera + Thomas Dias Bandaranaike

                                9  Clive Bandaranaike + Dottie Samarakkody

                                    10  Sripali Bandaranaike

                                9  Roy Bandaranaike + Grace

                                    10  Neil Bandaranaike + Rajini Pieris Deraniyagala

                                        11  Ayendra Bandaranaike

                                        11  Priyanthi Bandaranaike

                                    10  Shirani Bandaranaike

                                    10  Dawn Bandaranaike

                                    10  Nissanka Bandaranaike, d:10/9/10 + Girlie
                                                      11 Rasika Bandaranaike

                                    10  Hiran Bandaranaike

                               9  Kingsley Bandaranaike

                               9  Enid Bandaranaike

                               9  Pearl Bandaranaike

                               9  Beatrice Bandaranaike

                               9  Queenie Bandaranaike

 

                           8  Godwin de Livera (1876-1921), Revenue Officer, (Polonnaruwa District). (Thamankaduwa, Polonnaruwa was the capital from 846AD-1277AD and there after

         abandoned,and re-discovered in 1820AD.From 1870 onwards lot of archaelogical research and development had taken place.) Was later promoted to Asst Govt Agent, but died of pneumonia aged 45 years. He had a good knowledge of wild elephants in the area + Charlot Samarakkody (1880-1970), daughter of Louis Charles de Fonseka Samarakkody Mudaliyar under Governor's Gate 1883. Mohandiram Alukuru Korale  (3118)

                               9  Carita de Livera.died unmarried

                               9  Zizka de Livera died 1974, unmarried

                               9  Ivy de Livera.died 1978, unmarried

                               9  Iole de Livera + Solomn Samarakkody (Lawyer)

                                   10  Srikumar Samarakkody (STC Mt Lavinia) (Doctor)+ Nanda Jayasinghe (no children)

                                   10  Srivanka Samarakkody(STC Mt Lavinia) + Chitra Welgedera
                                         11  Lalinda Samarakkody
                                         11  Dulanga Samarakkody

                                   10  Rajan Samarakkody(STC Mt Lavinia) + Irani Alahakoon
                                         11  Dilukshan Samarakkody
                                         11  Dinesh Samarakkody
                                         11  Chanaka Samarakkody

                                   10  Indrajith Samarakkody (STC Mt Lavinia) + Jayanthi
                                         11  Arinda Samarakkody
                                         11  Navodya Samarakkody

                                   10  Rohini Samarakkody unmarried

                                   10  Sriyani Samarakkody + Gamini Jayaweera
                                         11  Dushantha Jayaweera (Pilot)

                                   10  [2] Malkanthi Samarakkody + [1] Gehan de Livera, Royal, (NZ)

                                        11  [3] Jeevaka de Livera +

                                             12  Rehan de Livera

                                             12  Shanik de Livera

                                        11  [4] Ronald de Livera

                                   10  Suvendrini Samarakkody

                               9  James Godwin Vaughn de Livera.1917-2003 (STC Mt Lavinia), (Communication officer civil aviation.Served in 2hd World War)

+ Chandra Peiris Deraniyagala. (1005)

                                   10  Gayan de Livera (STC Mt Lavinia) died unmarried

                                   10  Yasmin de Livera + Ramesh Abaysekera

                                       11  Jehan Abaysekera + Ishini Jayamaha, Australia

                                       11  Yohan Abaysekera, Australia

                               9  Louis Charles de Livera (Carl) (STC Mt Lavinia) Lawyer (1919-1969), had a large legal practice related to real estate and land matters

 + Gertrude Hemawathi Seneviratne (Eng.Inst.Kel.Uni) b:1931 (3108)

                                   10  Sunil de Livera (STC Mt Lavnia) Musicion, died unmarried

                                   10  Manjula de Livera (STC Mt Lavinia), b:1960, (Accountant/Deputy Chief Internal Auditor Urban Development Authority Sri Lanka, 1985-2005), migrated to Melbourne Australia in  2006 + Lakshmi Arulanandam (Lawyer), b:1965 from Batticaloa, m:1993 (5030)

                                       11  Rahul Lakshan de Livera b:1994 (Aus)

                                       11  Shruti Manisha de Livera b:2001(Aus)

                                   10  **Lankika Erandathi de Livera, Journalist b:1964, d:2011 + Prasanna Panditharatne (Royal College)

                                       11  Kusan Panditharatne, b:1995 (STC Kollupitiya)

                                   10  2hd spouse of Lankika Erandathi de Livera + Sri Srikumar (Accountant, STC Mt Lavinia

           

                5  2nd spouse of  Simon de Livera b:1779 + Dona Florentina Abeysinghe, daughter of JW Dias Abeysinghe Mohandiram

                    6  Fredrick de Livera, b:1813)

       

             4  2nd spouse of Don Balthazar de Livera Wijewickrema Seneviratne Mudaliyar + Ana Dias Bandaranaike. No issue. (1001)

 

The following de Livera family names are also noted below.

 

1  Don Constan de Livera Samaradiwakera Marapooly Mohandiram of Raygam Korale.

2  Domingo de Livera, Mohandiram of Coeroowe department

3  Pascol de Livera Wirakon b:1740. of Kelaniya + Dominga Dias Bandaranaike

4  Solomon de Livera Wirakon + Madolena Dias Bandaranaike bp:1740

5  Daughter + Henry Amaraekera Mohandiram, Alukuru Korale 1798. (see Amarasekera family tree, 3068)

    Daughter + Weerakoon, Muhandiram, Kelaniya

    Daughter + Perera Siriwardana, Muhandiram, Kelaniya

    Samuel Ameresekere

        James Ameresekere

6  Princess de Livera + Reginold Felix Dias Bandaranaike b:1891 (1001)

7  Lynette de Livera + Neil Dias Bandaranaike

8  Marappuli Appuhamilage Hendrick de Livera

8  Johannes Henry Senewiratne de Livera + Louisa Dias Bandaranaike, b:1785, m:1812 (1001)

9  Soloman de Livera, b:1814

10  J de Livera (STC cricket captain 1904)

11  C de Livera (Served in World War 1 )(old Thomian)

12  D E A de Livera (Honored list - Cambridge 1920 )(old Thomian)

13  Dona Louisa de Livera Lama Etini (d 1830) widow of Don David Saa Samarawira Siriwardena

14  Lambertus de Livera Tennakoon Mohandiram(b approx 1800) + Charlotte Jayawardene

15  Alfred Senewiratne de Livera 31/12/1826, Proctor of Supreme Court

16  Jacobus de Livera Wirekon+(8/12/1737)Dona Phillipa of Mapitigama

    their daughter Maria de Livera Wirekon +Welhelmus Pieris Samarawira Siriwardhana Mohandiram b 1730

17  Theodoris de Livera Marappuli Arachi of Rayigam Korale+Ana

18  Constan de Livera Samaradiwakere Marappuli Mohandiram

19  Gerald de Livera(Barrister at law,BA,Dy Queen’s advocate NW Province,alive1880)+Miss Morgan

20  Barton de Livera

21  David Henricus de Livera in 1859,went for studies to Calcutta.

22  F de Livera Actg DJ Colombo(died of Cholara in 1854,aged 44.)

23  Fred de Livera son of F de Livera(above)

24  Thos de Livera d30/4/1862.

25  Arnoldina de Livera,daughter of Thos de Livera.

26  Anne de Livera

27 Paules de Livera Weerakon Mohandiram Hapitagam Korale alive 1800

28 Francina de Livera (d of Paules de Livera Weerakon) +Louis Samarakkody(Colombo Kachcheri)

 

*Ceylon Light Infantary officers list

*29 (1907)James Bearnard de Livera

*30 (1942)Richard Fredrick Christopher de Livera

*31 (1942)Gerald Francis de Livera

*32 Julian Ethelvert de Livera

*33 (1972)Desmond Chrisantha de Livera

 

34 Ellen de Livera d 16/1/1966

35 EA de Livera Lawyer (alive 1910)

36 Jimmy de Livera (Excise Inspector)alive 1930.

 

37 Richard F.C de Livera (Dicky)d 2006 +Olga de Livera (nee Amarasekere)(Mucision)

      Romesh de Livera

      Ramya de Livera + Christel Perera

      Ravindra de Livera d 2005.

 

38 James de Livera (Kitty) +Carmini de Livera (nee Perera)d 10/5/2009

       Rathi de Livera +Jhon

         Jade

         Mark

39 W de Livera District Judge 1913

40 Henry Johannes Senewiratne de Livera.Mudaliyar 15/3/1850.Decended from Balthasar de Livera.(possibly a son of Nicholas Johannes de Livera,and a grand son of Balthasar de Livera)

41 Rannulu Helena de Livera Karunaratne +Charles Thabru Rajakaruna

      Ananda Rajakaruna (Alfred) Sinhalese poet/Journalist/Teacher.Alive 1940

42 Oosha de Livera (dancer)+ Saravanamuttu.

43 Abraham de Livera Appuhami (alive 1820).He donated the shrine room for

    The temple Jayasekararamaya.(he may be a relative of Abraham de Livera      

    who married Florentina Bandaranaike)

44 Dr.May de Livera 1926

45 FJ de Livera-District Judge Tangalle 1880

 


 

13th February 2011.

 

References:

Sinhalese families by PE Pieris (Published 1911)

Chieftains of Ceylon (1936)

Internet.

20th Centuary impressions of Ceylon page 530.by Arnold Wright.

Golden book of India (appendix for Ceylon)

 

Any relevant contributions please submit to the following email address to be updated to the family tree.


 

Prepared by:

Manjula de Livera

email -     manjulafamily@yahoo.com.au

Last Updated: 19 May 2011


De Livera Family Photo Album:

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Left to right.

1.Manjula de Livera and family with mother Gertrude, sister Lankika, and her son Kusan.(Group photo taken

   in Sri Lanka)

2.Manjula de Livera and family. (Manjula, Lakshmi, Rahul &  Shruti - Photo taken in Australia)

3.Louis Charles de Livera (Carl) (Lawyer)-father of Manjula de Livera.

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Dr & Mrs Edwin de Livera

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Wedding of Percy de Livera

 


http://www.priu.gov.lk/news_update/features/20011103memoirs_of_an_ardently_devoted_bishopian.htm

Memoirs of an ardently devoted Bishopian

(Reproduced from The Island of November 3, 2001)

By Lankika de Livera **

The date is Saturday, 20th October, 2001 - I stand expectantly and very happily near the Odeon cinema at Mt. Lavinia, with my 6-year-old- Thomian Son, as expectant and happy. We are waiting along with many, many others big and small, to join the " Thomian Walk" which has commenced from Milagiriya, Bambalapitiya earlier and is already making it’s way to Mt. Lavinia. The scene is of festivity, Juniors in uniform and very orderly in their classroom manner, neatly in lines of four, standing on Dharmapala Road, with a blue and black balloon together in their hands - making it look like a mini Thomian parade at the "Royal-Thomian Cricket Match". Parents happily chattering away to friends whom they have met after years and maybe after the last Royal-Thomian. This morning there is intermittent drizzle, along with sunshine alternating - not the best weather for a long walk. However, everyone is happily armed with brollies and caps while some little ones have already donned raincoats. The much-awaited parade is finally approaching - heralded in by the "papara" band of Royal -Thomain fame and of course the Hewisi band of the college. A gigantic Thomian crest with the motto "Esto Perpetua" written leads the parade. Banners in-hand all the colleges begun under the parent college of Mt. Lavinia parade. S. Thomas’ Mount Lavinia, Bandarawela, and Gurutalawa and behind their banners - all the very patriotic old boys who put aside their work to participate. S.Thomas’ Preparatory School Kollupitiya is the only unmistakable missing branch on this day of great historic importance to St.Thomas’ College.

http://www.rootsweb.com/~lkawgw/sthomas.gifA very unmistakable prominent figure that walked the stretch to entirety with much strength, determination and dedication was the well-known Octogenarian old boy- "Boxer Dassanayake" - quite a legend himself. It was a delight to watch his earnestness, valour and loyalty - proved by his willingness to walk that long stretch which meandered its way through a busy Saturday morning traffic with the ease of a young boy. Young old boys were really put to shame by this sportsman of yesteryear. I met so many friends and relatives in the parade that we very joyously joined up with, to be a part this historically important walk. It was high fun and chattering nineteen-to-a-dozen we strode along with generous contributions of bottled mineral water handed to everyone who needed a gulp of it. I was personally thrilled to belong to this event because my personal ties with the college date back four very faithful generations.

Myself being a Bishopian with ties with that school too, dating back a few generations added more value and depth to the bond of faithfulness to STC. Incidentally it was my Grand Uncle Edmund de Livera who penned the College Song more than a century ago. It was originally in the form of a poem. He was the Editor of the former Times of Ceylon, and somewhere down the lines, has trickled a bit of his talent to me too. My dream is also to pen something, which would be of value to the only boys’ school I love.

Walking amidst all the Thomians today brought back vivid memories of my teen-age days. As a thirteen year old I was one who would parade the Oval grounds with my school buddies, unmistakably all of us clad in blue and black and Thomian flags tied around our waists, blue and black Golliwogs pinned on our shirts. Unmistakable memories of despair flash back, when Royalist bullies would flick our flags. We used to proudly strut about with our blue and black flags. Memory is strong of a very close and dear school buddy Nisha, who once braved one of these bullies and retrieved her flag. So much were our loyalties. 

Memories of mine go back to my school buddy Ingrid Gunewardena and her faithful Thomian Dad Shelton and her three wonderful Brothers Dilip, Vivian and Ravi. Who really enriched our teen years with the special occasion being of course the Royal -Thomian Cricket Match. A day of tremendous importance to the Gunawardena family. Aunty would prepare loads of sandwiches with different fillings and baskets of other goodies to eat along with bottles of yum iced-coffee and we would set off to enjoy a day of eating, drinking and merry-making. The Royal Thomian rugby match occasions were another event we Bishopians used to faithfully participate as Thomian fans.

One of my main reasons for going was because of a great and severe "crush" I had on a relative who was in the first fifteen rugby team, although actually this very good-looking relative Shanaka de Livera was totally unaware even of my existence! For many many reasons apart from family and personal ties and the fact that Bishop’s And St. Thomas’ being sister schools, I should say we Bishopians feel a tremendous bond to the Thomians. However to come back to the Walk, it ended with free hot dogs from John Keells, ice-cream and Nespray milk for the kiddies and a musical show. Rajiv & the Clan, Ronnie Leach and the two Thomian Bands "Stigmata" and "Absolute" were there in a very sporty way. This was all in the Small Club’s grounds.

Then I hastened to be present at the Foundation Stone laying ceremony for the historic "Heritage Museum" - the first of it’s kind in a Sri Lankan School. This is the bare area near the Winchester Dormitory, opposite the swimming pool. After a few prayers, David Ponniah the Warden together with faithful old boys buried the foundation stones and cemented them. Into the cavities of these stones were little leaflets folded and stuck inside about the historic walk and the day when these stones were laid down to posterity. This Historic Heritage Museum will hold artifacts of antiquity, valuable to the history of this prestigious school. The Warden made an appeal to all old boys of different vintages to come forward and be generous enough to donate items like books, flags, badges, photographs etc. that would be valuable artifacts to keep intact - the heritage of a great school.

I was personally requested to try and retrieve the manuscript of Edmund de Livera’s original College song. The Museum is expected to come up fast - with the generous donations of the ever-faithful old boys. Then I ventured to the OTSC - Old Thomian’s Swimming Club, where sipping a Ginger beer I chatted to the Chairman of the Organizing Committee the very active determined Udaya Guneratne who proudly proclaimed the profits made of the walk - the proceeds which were to be channeled for the Heritage Museum Building. However Janaka Boteju, Nishantha Fernando, Geethika Perera and Renganathan - the other members of the Committee showed their Chairman their appreciation by bodily throwing him into the College pool with a big splash. That was his reward! Udaya was wearing a special commemorative wristwatch that had been turned out for the 150 years Anniversary celebration. It has a black strap and outline of the face of the watch, while the dial is of a white backdrop and on top of it is the Thomian crest. It is very attractive and a beautiful souvenir. Priced at a very reasonable rupees thousand. It is definitely a collector’s item, which all old boys will be proud to possess. These wristwatches are available for sale at the College Office in Mount Lavinia. 

Then it was time for Lunch. Lunch at the Boarding Dining room - there again hosted by the College. After grace was said we all sat down to have lunch, seated on the long tables and benches. Lunch was yellow rice, pol sambol, pickle, parippu, a cutlet and that oh! so delicious "Mas Curry" - raved about for generations. I, a non-beef eater was tempted to gulp it down and even wanted more! Disgraceful I told myself - but cannot be helped - it was too good to be left on the plate. Sitting and chatting to me at lunch was old boy and former Air Vice Marshall - Paddy Mendis, who had many a tale to relate of his childhood memories of College. He looked around the dining room and sighed nostalgically, "Nothing has changed here for the last fifty years -this was just like this when I had meals here as a schoolboy". I was eating pieces of my beef curry when I remembered that my brother Manjula had said, of course, 31 years ago when he was a boarder in college, how they found worms in some curry - perhaps - that’s what makes things so tasty? But I bet it is the same recipe that is being followed for the beef curry in the kitchen quarters and that is what Paddy Mendis meant when he said that absolutely nothing had changed. Chocolate ice cream was served for dessert.

After lunch and with our bellies full and our hearts and minds very happy to be amidst so many friends, everyone stood up to bellow the College song with much gusto "Esto Perpetua" - Yes we re-echoed "Esto Perpetua" - BE THOU FOR EVER! 


***

One with the wilds and village folk alike

~Ravi Samarasinha

Sunday Times – Jan 14 2007:

Ravi Samarasinha is no more. He was snatched away from us all in a fatal motor car accident last week. His untimely death has left a void in wild life conservation in this country.

drsam

Ravi’s passion for wild life and nature was from childhood. A doctor of medicine by profession, Ravi left this career to devote his life entirely to wild life conservation much to the disappointment of his parents.

As a cousin of mine, I knew him to be quiet and reserved. As cousins we had, in groups gone on many trips to the wilds many years ago in our youth. He was a daring photographer. On one occasion in Yala, we all watched a sloth bear coming down a Palu tree. All the others were inside the double cab while Ravi and I were at the back which was open. Suddenly the bear turned on the vehicle. Ravi shouted, “Lanki jump from the other side and get inside the vehicle. I will be fine,” and continued taking photographs.

On another occasion he had a narrow shave when he walked into a cave in the heart of Yala and a bear came growling out. Everyone knows that the bear is dangerous if encountered. Ravi has recounted to us many other escapades he had had in the wilds while pursuing his passion for photography.

There was another side to Ravi’s serious demeanour which we often saw. He never changed from the jovial character that he was as a youth. Whenever he met me, his teasing was just like it was when we were very young - a side of him that some of his immediate family members were unaware of.

Ravi had held photography exhibitions and his photographs adorn some of the leading bird books in this country. He began bird watching as a child and came to be regarded as one of Sri Lanka’s experts in avifauna.

Later his passion became the Sri Lankan leopard. Together with a few others he produced a popular coffee table book “For the Leopard” which raised considerable funds for wild life conservation. Ravi was Programme Consultant for numerous television documentaries, among them the BBC documentary “Leopard Hunters”. Together with Chitral Jayatilake he produced another coffee table book “Wilds of Lanka”.

He was one of the foremost authorities on the Sri Lankan leopard. He had done a vast amount of research on the leopards of Sri Lanka, especially of Yala and Wilpattu, mostly in regard to identification of individuals but also on many other aspects of their biology and ecology.

As a practising doctor he always opted for postings to be near Yala. From 2000 to 2001, for 18 months he did full-time research in Yala on leopards. Many a time he magnanimously dipped into his own personal funds to aid conservation projects.

Two of Ravi’s friends Darrel and Shirom talk of another project that Ravi had undertaken with them to safeguard leopards that were being killed by poachers and cattle farmers. They had done research for a year and come up with the idea of giving cages to farmers to trap leopards that came to steal the cattle. In this way they had saved four leopards in the area of Tissamaharama. Ravi had had plans to extend this project to estates and other areas near wild life parks around the country.

Darrel Bartholomeusz says of Ravi, “He was accepted by people of all walks of life and was very popular amongst even village folk as he had time for everybody and shared his valuable knowledge with everyone.”

Ravi was the Honorary General Secretary of the Wild Life and Nature Protection Society of Sri Lanka and formerly a Council member of the Natural History Society of Sri Lanka. He was a Director of the Environmental Foundation. Ravi was known to be very meticulous and methodical in his work.

Because of his deep love for nature, most of the time one could not find Ravi in Colombo. He was either in a wild life park or on his estate. He was dedicated to photography and conservation.

He has discussed with me meticulous plans he had formulated to stop poaching within the Yala national park, a park he knew like the back of his palm. Ravi was also a Diploma holder of Wild Life and Conservation Management from USA.

The last annual publication of “Loris” (the magazine of the Wild Life and Nature Protection Society) carries an extensive article on leopards by Ravi and a striking photograph of a leopard adorned the cover – also a photograph taken by Ravi. At 44 years Ravi was still unmarried. Leaving aside his medical career, he had dedicated his life to wild life conservation.

Goodbye dear brother. May your soul rest in peace

By Lankika de Livera


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St Thomas’s College Song

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Words composed by Edmund de Livera

 

Thomians young and Thomians old

Thomians staunch and true!

Rally round the College Flag

The Blue,the Black and Blue

 

To your alma mater sing

Thomians near and far

Loudly let the echoes ring

For all we have and are

 

Chorus

 

Esto Perpetua

Esto Perpetua

Esto Perpetua

 

The Blue Black and Blue for ever!

 

Like the serpent keen and wise

Harmless as the dove,

By the cross we’re knit in one

Holy bond of love.

Loyal to our church and king

Both in Peace and War

To the College we will sing

For all we have and are

 

Chorus

 

In the field of intellect

Many a prize we’ve won

And upon the field of sport

Thomians yield to none

Be it work or be it play

We will do and dare

To the College therefore sing

For all we have and are

 

Chorus

 

We rejoice in victory

When our foes we beat

We have learnt,when fortune frowns

How to take defeat

All unfriendly rivalry

From our lives we bar

To the College therefore sing

For all we have and are

 

Chorus

 

When into the world we go

For our life’s career

As the call of duty sounds

We will answer clear

Onward to the goal we press

Guided by our star

To the College therefore sing

For all we have and are

 

Chorus


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14th death anniversary of Richard de Zoysa

Daily News Feb 18 2004: The 14th death anniversary of journalist Richard de Zoysa falls today. The third death anniversary of his mother, Dr. Manorani Saravanamuttu, was commemorated on February 12.

http://www.rootsweb.com/~lkawgw/rzoyza1.jpghttp://www.rootsweb.com/~lkawgw/rzoyza2.jpgRichard was a multi-faceted personality who left a lasting impression during a short but prolific creative span. Media critic, announcer, teledrama and stage actor, author and journalist, Richard was 32 when he was abducted and killed by an armed gang on a fateful night in February 1990.

The gruesome killing of her beloved son spurred Dr. Saravanamuttu to launch a campaign for justice for the 'disappeared' on behalf of the mothers who had lost their sons; the wives who had lost their husbands; the sisters who had lost their brothers.

Dr. Saravanamuttu's relentless campaign attracted international attention towards the plight of victims who disappeared without a trace during the 1988-90 terror period.

The 'Mothers' Front' organisation which she founded in 1991 rendered a yeoman service for the welfare of families who lost their breadwinners during this period. It later spread to Matara, Moneragala, Kandy, Kurunegala and Anuradhapura districts. She was accorded the 'Weera Mathru' (heroic mother) title in 1996.


Gertrude de Livera nee Seneviratne

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Biography

 

Novelist Gertrude de Livera (nee Seneviratne),a student of Girls High School Mt Lavinia, and St Paul’s Milagiriya ,obtained the Senior School Certificate with a first division pass with Distinctions in English and English Literature. .She went on to graduate in Bachelor of Arts from the University of Ceylon (Peradeniya)in 1955.

Subsequently she obtained her Master of Arts qualifying from the Kelaniya University (Sri Lanka) and Post Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Colombo.She also holds a Diploma ,from the London school of Journalism.

 

She joined the English Department of the Kelaniya University in 1970, and at the time of retirement in 1990 she held the post of Senior English Instructor in the University.

 

She has written several short stories, and has published a short story book named “Some Middle Class Sri Lankans”

 

She has thought English Literature and English Language to many students.

 

Gertrude de Livera married Louis Charles de Livera (Carl) a prominent Lawyer in 1955,and had the children Sunil,Manjula and Lankika.

 

She currently lives in her retirement in Dehiwela ,Sri Lanka.


De Livera Family Name 

 

The article Portuguese Colonial Remains suggest that the Portuguese had invaded part of America,Africa and Asia around 1500AD.The Portuguese arrived in Ceylon in the year 1505.They were in control of the entire coastal belt of Ceylon,and ruled till the year 1658,when the Dutch expelled them. 

 

http://www.colonialvoyage.com/ceylonP.html

 

1.   Portuguese in Sabaragamuwa

  a) Sabaragamuwa was captured by the Portuguese in 1618.

  b) Portuguese had a camp in Sabaragamuwa with around 5000 soldiers.

  c) Saman Devalaya of Sabaragamuwa had been destroyed by the Portuguese.

  d) In 1630,Don Constantino de Sa,under pressure from Viceroy, decided to undertake an expedition against the King Senarath’s Capital in Badulla.

 

On 9th August 1630, a small Portuguese army of around 5000 soldiers, marched from Sabaragamuwa(Near Ratnapura) to UVA.

 

http://sunsite.wits.ac.za/histp

 

2.   de Livera

A report in Portuguese,signed by one Francisco de Livera on 29/12/1633.

 

Suggests that the de Livera name was existing in that year among the Portuguese.(report relates to South Africa).

 

De Livera family which I have traced,the roots seem to be from Sabaragamuwa Province Pelmadulla Division and in the village of Denavaka.

 

From Para 1 above,it could be said that there had been a strong presence of Portuguese around Sabaragamuwa during the period 1618 to 1658.

 

From Para 2 above,it could be said that the de Livera name existed in the year 1633 among the Portuguese.

 

I have established that Denavaka Rala was born around 1630.

 

Considering the above facts it could be assumed that the Denavaka family of Sabaragamuwa,may have taken the de Livera name and changed to Christianity around the period 1620 to 1658, so that they could enjoy positions and benefits from the Portuguese.

 

It is also said that the Portuguese Language,Religion and names were well rooted ,even in the year 1704 in Ceylon.

 

Manjula de Livera

 


 

Sunday Times April 24 2011

That sweet voice will now join the choirs of angels

Lankika De Livera

Four girls burst out loud into song, while walking along the pavement of the Colpetty junction in Colombo.

“I'm born again, I feel free
No longer alone
A bright light is shining
And shows me a world that I own…..”

We were sweet sixteen. Bishopians. Carefree. Happy and oblivious to the scorching heat of the mid-day sun. Oblivious to the weight of the books we carried home after school. Oblivious to the stares of the passers-by….

Lanki led the singing with her sweet soprano voice. Nisha and Sharmini harmonized in different parts. I joined in spontaneously.

Those were the days of Boney- M, Abba, Bee Gees… Life was full of laughter and fun. Lankika De Livera, and I studied in parallel classes from kindergarten till the O’levels at Bishop’s College. She became my close friend when we were in the A’ level class, studying History and English together. 
Lanki and I spent many hours together since then. She was quiet and was in the background of things. I was more in the forefront of school activities. But we forged a strong bond of friendship.

I was a risk-taker. She was pensive and cautious. She gave me sound advice. I was always busy. She urged me to find time to join her in reaching out to the less fortunate, the old and feeble, poor people, colleagues who had problems at home. She also demonstrated to me the importance of being patient and trying to understand the problems of others.

At the Interschool Shakespeare Drama Competition, Lanki was Lysander and I Hermia , the lovers in “Midsummer Night’s Dream”. Lanki held my hand and gently led me up the steps leading upto the stage in the darkness as I had to remove my spectacles and could not see my way. She ensured that I did not trip as I entered the stage.

Lanki loved everything that was beautiful- wildlife, nature, music, song, poetry, books, drama….She opened up the marvels of many wondrous works of art and nature to me. She used to often send a dainty card with a handwritten verse to cheer or inspire a friend or someone in need. I was often a recipient of such thoughtfulness.

Lanki excelled in singing. I was overjoyed when she decided to take part in the senior solo singing competition at school and asked me to accompany her on the piano. What fun we had practising for endless hours on the old pianos at the Bishop’s College music rooms or at her home or mine. She gave a magnificent rendering of “The Holy City” and “Hark Hark the Lark” by Schubert and was adjudged the first runner up.

Our friendship grew after we left school. I entered the Kelaniya University. Lanki entered Law College. 
I embarked on journalism at “The Island” newspaper and following my advice, she applied to “The Sun” newspaper. I accompanied her for the interview and waited for her downstairs while she met the editor upstairs. She returned after a successful interview. We were both thrilled!

As journalists working for two separate newspapers, we shared experiences. We also went on many assignments together to provide coverage for our respective newspapers. We both covered the Arts and Culture round. We went to many concerts together and many trips out of Colombo to cultural and archaeological sites.

We also had our own separate interests. I was adventurous and keen on the excitement of investigative reporting, she preferred travel, wild life and nature. Lanki introduced me to her friends at Law College. We went together for many Law College events and parties and she joined my Kelaniya University friends at get-togethers.

Lanki and her mother were regular visitors at our home for Christmas. She made Christmas special for us with her beautiful singing of carols. My family and I enjoyed the Sinhala and Tamil New Year festivities at Lanki’s home.

Enjoying our newfound independence and freedom as journalists and undergraduates, Lanki and I roamed around Colombo – Lanki driving her mother’s Volkswagon. Lanki and I planned lavish celebrations for our 21st birthday parties. Mine did not materialize and ended up in a quiet affair with my family and Lanki.

Lanki’s party took place at a resort on the Mount Lavinia Beach. I spent the whole day with her decorating the place. I also made the dessert for the occasion. Lanki was swept off her feet when she met Prasanna Panditharatne. She gave up her studies in law to marry Prasanna. She also gave up journalism.

She did her best as a young bride. She cooked for her husband and kept a resplendent home. 
But the fairy tale ended. Prasanna and Lanki realized that they were not compatible. Lanki’s life was soon clouded with sorrow.

However, the birth of a bonny baby boy, offered hope. He became the centre of Lanki’s life. She went to great lengths to ensure that he had a happy childhood. Lanki and Prasanna separated and went their different ways but both did their best for their son.

Lanki remarried eight years ago. I was the only friend she invited for the quiet wedding dinner. Lanki devoted all her time and effort to her new husband and child but failed to find happiness. During the last couple of years, Lanki suffered from depression. She was overcome with sorrow and worry. She returned to her mother’s home a few weeks ago.

When she called me in her distress, I did my best to help her, comfort her, to give her hope for the future. I took her to prayer meetings. She told me that she gained a lot of comfort from the prayer meetings and promised to keep coming.

I dropped Lanki at her mother’s gate after the prayer meeting on Wednesday night, April 6 . She gave me and my daughter hugs and kisses as she left, promising to come again with us on Sunday. She looked so pretty, in a bright yellow blouse as she stood at her gate and waved to us.

On Saturday, April 9, I got a call to inform me that Lanki was dead. Her mortal remains were cremated on Sunday, April 10 at the Mount Lavinia Cemetery Many of our classmates from Bishop’s College and her friends from Law College were there amidst the large gathering of relatives and friends.

As I left the funeral, my mind was filled with memories of Lanki, standing on the Bishop’s College stage singing the verse from “The Holy City”. 
“And once again the scene was changed;
New earth there seemed to be;
I saw the Holy City
Beside the tideless sea;
The light of God was on its streets,
The gates were open wide,
And all who would might enter,
And no one was denied.
No need of moon or stars by night,
Or sun to shine by day;
It was the new Jerusalem
That would not pass away.
Jerusalem! Jerusalem!
Sing for the night is o'er!
Hosanna in the highest!
Hosanna for evermore!”

I knew that for my dearest friend Lanki, there would be no more sorrow and depression. Lanki had finally reached the holy city, where she would sing hosanna for evermore with the angels!

Manique Mendis