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By Victor Melder

Michelle de Kretser, the Melbourne author, editor and reviewer has just released her second publication, The Hamilton Case. It concerns the murder of an English tea planter in Ceylon. She has set the murder and trial early, in the last century, before the British knew their days were numbered. Sam Obeysekere, an aristocratic young prosecutor, famously solves the case using the clues he picked up as a fan of detective fiction during his days at Oxford, read on....The Hamilton Case is published by Knopf at $29.95.

The following Office Bearers were elected for the year 2003/2004 at the recent Annual General meeting of the Australia Sri Lanka Welfare Guild Inc. President: Maurice Van Cuylenburg, Vice-Presidents: Ms Sheila Van Twest, Lorensz Redlich, Secretary: Ms June Herft, Asst Secretary: Ms Maureen Alles, Treasurer: Bernard Cole, Asst Treasurer: Kingston Jansz, Editor: Ms Edith Jansz, General Committee: Michael Fernandez, Ralph De Zylva, Henry Hingert, Ms Yvonne De Zylva, Sherwin Meerwald, Ms Daphne Redlich and Ms June van Cuylenburg.

Prem Kumbakkage will speak on "Temple Paintings" at the next meeting of the Ceylon Society of Australia (Melbourne Chapter) on Sunday 25 May 2003, at 5.00pm at the Holy Redeemer Church Hall, Cnr of York Street and Mont Albert Road, Surrey Hills, Vic 3127 (Melways Ref: 46 H10). The talk will be illustrated by slides and video filmed on location at Kandy, Kelaniya, Dambulla and Polonnaruwa. Admission is free. For further information contact: Shelagh (03) 9808 4962 or Srilal (03) 9809 1004.

Vesak celebrations will be held this year at various locations around Melbourne, on Saturday 17 May. Among them are: Buddhist Meditation Centre - Dandenong Temple, Sakyamuni Sambuddha Vihare - Berwick Temple, Dhamma Sarana - Keysborough Temple, Daham Niketenaya - Yuroke Temple, Buddhaloka Centre - Malvern Temple.

More cricketing achievements by the Sri Lankan expatriates at the Keysborough Cricket club, which has ended its cricket season along with all the other clubs. Sajith Kodithuwakku won the Dandenong & District Association (DDCA) Turf 2 "Best Allrounder" award known as the Stephen Wearne Trophy. Former Sri Lankan Test and One-Day player, Sanath Kaluperuma came second in the "Gartside Medal" as the competitions best Turf 2 player, missing the medal by only one vote.

Isipathana College Old Boys Association present 'Green Breeze 2003 - Dinner Dance' at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall, 24 Johnson Street, Oakleigh (Melway ref: 69 F8), on Saturday 24 May 2003. Tickets are priced at: Adults $25.00 each, Children $15.00 each. For tickets and inquiries contact: Gamini (03) 9551 7180, Mahinda (03) 9702 6836.

The following Office Bearers were elected to office for the year 2003 at the recent Annual General Meeting of the Old Aloysian Sports Club (Australia) Incorporated. President: Pat Williams, Vice-President: Jerome de Zylva, Secretary: Reg Oorloff, Treasurer: John R. de Silva, Asst Treasurer: Jerome de Zylva, Sports Secretary: Walter Perumal, Social Secretary: Mrs Hilary Oorloff, Editor: Pat Williams, General Committee: Rufus St John, Noel Edema, Dudley Foenander, Kithsiri Hettihewa, Maliq Deane, Melroy Morel, Lyndon Elias.

The Knox Tavern, Melbourne will be the venue for a function to pay tribute to Aravinda de Silva for his services to Sri Lankan cricket. A Gala Night is planned for sometime in June or July this year, to celebrate his 20 years of cricketing service. Tickets will be limited to 250 and fans are advised to book early. More details from: David 0419 346 031, Bertie 0414 979 483 or Nigel 0407 195 142.

The Buddhist Society of Victoria, the first Theravada Buddhist Society in Victoria, will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary at the Box Hill Town Hall, on Saturday, May 17, 2003, at 6.30pm. The Guest Speaker will be Ajahn Brahmavanso of the Bodinayane Monastery, Perth. All proceedings (except Pirith chanting) in English. For inquiries please contact the Temple on (03) 9571 6409. There has been complete success in tracing the whereabouts of the persons mentioned in the last few months summaries. Thanks to all who have helped in this connection and still continue to call. There are more persons being sought - A work colleague of Chitra Ambrose at Glaxo, Sri Lanka, is seeking to contact her daughter, Yasmine (Ambrose, married name unknown), who migrated to Melbourne in 1986/87. Please call me on (03) 9309 4040 or e-mail on < [email protected] >, if you could assist. Thanks.

The Convenor of the Royal College Class of '55 (Royal Primary) reunion to be held in Colombo in March 2004, is seeking to make contact with two former classmates who migrated to Australia (20 of the 22 have been contacted so far), they are possibly Angus ? Melder and Gene Francke. An Old Boy of St Anthony's College, Kandy is seeking to make contact with Dr L.C. (Lionel) Fernando, who played cricket for the college in the late 40's. Dr Fernando worked for some time at the Kandy hospital as an anaesthetist, before moving to New Zealand and then Melbourne. Please call the above number or e-mail with information. Thank you.

The following Office Bearers were elected to office for the year 2003/2004, at the Annual General meeting of the Australia Ceylon Fellowship Incorporated held recently: President - Chris Lawton, Vice-Presidents - Ms Lorna Vancuylenberg, George Balthazar, Secretary - Rev. Cornelius Samuel, Asst Secretary - Morely Pereira, Treasurer - Wilhelm Morgan, Asst Treasurer - Ms Pat Daviot, Editor, Ms Monica Lawton, Property Manager - Doug Jansz, Public officer - Stafford Tambimuttu, General Committee - Ms Winifred Fredericks, Rowena Hamlett, Jeff Koch, John Robinson, Lorensz Vieyera, Rev. John Blaze, Ms Ranee Fernando, Royston Leonard, Robin Wells-Jansz, Astor de Silva, Ms Geraldine Vieyra, Ms Cynthia Plunkett.

Dr N. S. Nadesan, a Veterinary Surgeon, living in Melbourne, recently published a collection of short stories in Tamil, titled "Living Footsteps". Many of the short stories revolve around the pet animals he deals with in his daily profession. Dr Nadesan, a graduate from the Peradeniya University, launched his publication at the Mulgrave Community Centre.

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