Sri Lankan Burgher Family Genealogy

 

PHILIPSZ, D - Family #1002



 

Burial/Church records site on the internet, submitted by Manjula de Livera in Australia, states the following regards the Phillipsz and Bandaranaike family trees. - Feb 24 2011

"Rev Henricus Philipsz was the son of Lienage Phillip Philipsz Wijecon Panditharathne Maha Mudaliyar.He was educated at the Colombo Seminary. Later, he went to Holland and studied at Utrecht. He returned to Ceylon.He was able to preach in Sinhalese and Dutch.


He married in Colombo on 4/11/1759, Susana Scharff. Their son Geradus Phillepsz was educated in Holland and returned to Ceylon. He married on 29/7/1792 Johanna Adriana Van Dort.

Cornelia Henrica Philipsz, the daughter of Henricus Philipsz, married(1) 26/7/1789 Adolidh Marten Heyman of Leeuwetein (Franconia) and later married (2) 20/10/1793, Christoffel de Saram Wanigasekere Ekanaike, 4th Maha Mudaliyar, the son of Domingo de Saram Wanigasekere Ekanaike"

 

1 D. Philipsz

    Lienage Philip Philippsz Wijecon Panditharathne  aka,-  Liyanage Philip Philippsz, (formerly Wijekoon Panditharatne), Maha Mudaliyar. Changed his name to Philipsz.

        3 Reverend Henricus Philipsz, 1733-1790, a Sinhalese Christian minister of the Dutch Reformed Church in Ceylon. An account of this minister appears in De Bruyn's History Of The Reformed Church In The Dutch East Indies, written in Dutch. He died on May 19, 1790,  m:4 Nov 1759 + Susanna Scharff bp:8 Dec 1743 at Colombo, Ceylon, d:15 Jun 1781 (Germany, Weimar in Saxony) (1006)

            4 Reverend Gerardus Philipsz + Johanna Adriana Van Dort m:29-Jun-1792 (1004)

                5  son

                5  son

            4  Susanna Euphemia Phillipsz + Johannas Justus Panneburg  of Lichtenau Captain  of the (OIC), m:20 Oct 1782

            4  2nd spouse of Susanna Euphemia: +  Abraham Cornelis van Charlet, m:2 Oct 1796

 

            4 Cornelia Honrica (Henrietta?) Philipsz d:Apr-9-1924 (tombstone at Dutch Reformed Church, Wolfendhal, Colombo, Sri Lanka) + Adolf Martin Heyman (from Leuwenstein) m:Jul-27-1989

 

            4 *2nd Spouse of Cornelia Henrica (Henrietta?) Philipsz: + Christoffel de Saram Wanigasekere Ekanaike 4th Maha Mudaliyar (3126), son of Domingo de Saram Wanigasekere Ekanaike

                5 Johannes Henricus de Saram b:1797 (was taken by Governor Maitland, at the age of 14, to England in 1811 to study for the Christian Ministry) + Frances Treherne m:Jun-9-1820 London at The Church of Saint-Martin-in-the-Fields

                5  Cornelia Philipsz Panditharatne de Saram + Don Solomon Dias Bandaranayake, Mudaliyar of Siyane Korale d:Sep-15-1859, He assisted as interpreter on 10th Feb 1815 when Sri Wickrema Rajasinghe the last King of Kandy was taken to Colombo, and then, who was later taken to India. (1001)

                    6  Elizebeth Dias Bandaranaike + J M Paulus Peiris Siriwardena

                    6  Peter Dias Bandaranaike (Mohandiram)

                    6  Harriet Dias Bandaranaike + Samaradiwakera

                    6  Johanna Dias Bandaranaike

                    6  Corneliya Susana Dias Bandaranaike + (First Bed) D B F Obeysekera (3051)

                        7  [19] Sir Christoffeild Obeysekera +  [18 Lady Ezline Maria de Alwis

                            8  [21] Daisy Ezline Obeysekera, b:1898 + [20] Sir Don Solomon Dias Abeywickrema Jayatilleke Senewiratna Rajakumaruna Kadukeralu Bandaranaike (Maha Mudaliyar) b:22-May-1862, d:31-Jul-1946, Kt. Commander of the most distinguished order of St. Michael and St. George, Horogolla Walauwwa, St Thomas' College, Mohandiram 1882. Mudliyar Siyane Korale, After returning from UK, Governor Arthur Havelock awarded Maha Mudaliyar title and All Island JP. In 1897 went to UK as official representative for diamond jubilee celebration and received medal. In 1902 revisited UK. Received Coronation Medal and KCMG, m:Apr-1898 (1001)

                                9  Solomon West Ridgeway Dias Bandaranaike b:8-Jan 1899, d:26-Sep-1959, (Prime Minister of Sri Lanka 1956-59, Assassinated by a Buddhist Monk on September 25, 1959), St Thomas' College, educated as a lawyer in UK, University of Oxford. Became Secretary of Oxford Union in 1923, called to the bar in 1925, Member of the State Council in 1931, Formed the Sinhala Maha Sabha in 1937, Active in the UNP 1945-51 and established the SLFP after 1951, Prime Minister 1956-59, To solve the ethnic issue he signed the Bandaranaike-Chelvanaygam pact, which was repudiated due to a campaign led by the Buddhist Clergy. Made Sinhala the official Language + Sirimavo Ratwatta, b:17/4/1916, d:10/10/2000, m:2-Oct-1940 (First woman Prime Minister in the World, Prime Minister, 1960-65, 1970-77, 1994-2000) (3060) Wikipedia Account of Sirimavo

                                    10  Sunethra Dias Bandaranaike, b:1943 + Kumar Rupasinghe (div)

                                    10  2nd spouse of Sunethra Dias Bandaranaike + Udaya Nanayakkara (div)

                                    10  Chandrika Dias Bandaranaike, b:29/6/1945, Early education at St Bridgets Convent, Colombo, and graduated in Political Science at Sorbonne University in Paris, Formed the Peoples Alliance (PA) Party, President of Sri Lanka 1994-2005 + Vijaya Kumaratunga, Film Actor, Assasinated 1988

                                        11  Yasodhara Kumaratunga

                                        11  Vimukthi Kumaratunga 

                                    10  Anura Dias Bandaranaike b: Feb-15-1949, Educated at Royal College, Member of Parliament  1977 to 2007, Minister Higher Education 1993, Foreign Minister 2005, Leader of the opposition, Speaker of the House, Minister of Tourism/Heritage 2007

 

                           9  Alexandra Camelia Bandaranaike, lived at "Samudragiri" Walauwa in Mount Lavinia + Leo G. De Alwis

                               10  Shirlene De Alwis

                               10  Lankasa De Alwis (tenor singer) + Joy Dassenaike (cousins)

                                        11  Ranjith de Alwis

                               10  Rukmanie De Alwis + Percy Eheliyagoda

                           Anna Florentina Bandaranaike + Abraham de Livera

                               10  Christopher de Livera + Nimal Peiris

                                   11  Shanaka de Livera

                                   11  Priyan de Livera

                               10  May de Livera

                           9  2nd spouse of Anna Florentina Bandaranaike + (2nd bed) Obeysekera (3051)

 

                            8  Ethel Obeysekera + William Peiris

                            8  Forester Obeysekera, (State Councillor) + Isabel Sykes

                                9  Boykin Obeysekera

                                9  Ezlynne Obeysekera + Ralph St. L P Deraniyagala

                            8  Lillian Obeysekera + William Illangakoon (3169)

 

                        7  James Peter Obeysekera + Corneliya Henrietta Dias Bandaranaike (Missie) (1001)

                            8  Donald Obeysekera + Ethel Perera.

                                9  Danton Obeysekera + Ruby Dias Bandaranaike (1001)

                                    10  Arjuna Obeysekera

                                    10  Shireen Obeysekera

                                    10  Indra Obeysekera

                                    10  Ajith Obeysekera

                                9  Corneliya Obeysekera + Henry Ashmore Peiris

                                    10  Sita Peiris

                                    10  Wimala Peiris

                                    10  Hemal Peiris

                                    10  H S Mevan Peiris (Cricketer STC Mt Lavinia)

                                9  Asoka Obeysekera + Eliza Dias Bandaranaike.

                                9  Fredrick Obeysekera

                                9  Amelia Obeysekera, 1915-2004 + Louis Peiris

                                    10  Surani Peiris Deraniyagala

                                    10  Ravindra Peiris Deraniyagala

                                    10  Chrisanthi Peiris Deraniyagala

                                    10  Rajini Peiris Deraniyagala

                                    10  Savithri Peiris Deraniyagala

                                9  Alexander Obeysekera + Mrs Marrs

                           James Peter Obeysekera, Maha Mudaliyar + Estelle Dias Bandaranaike (1001)

                                9  James Peter Obeysekera + Sivagami Dassanaike

                                    10  James Peter Obeyesekere IV Jr. + Dr Vyjanthimala Kumarihamy

                                        11 C H Obeyesekere b:9 May 2005

                                    10  Chantal Obeysekera

                          8  Stanly Obeysekera + Brenda de Sarem (3126)

                               9  Nedra Obeysekera + FC de Sarem (Derrick) (3126)

                               9  Yolande Obeysekera + Oopatissa Illangakoon (3169)

                          8  Lady Hilda Obeysekera + Sir Paules Edward Peiris, (Civil Servent, Historian),  b:1853, educated at STC Mt Lavinia, Writer of Sinhala books and Historian, (He wrote the book Sinhalese families which was published in 1911.) (1005)

 

                              9  Paules Edward Pieris Deraniyagala 1900-1976 Director Museum, (Scientist,Zoologist) + Prini Molamure (3117)

                                 10  Isanth Deraniyagala

                                 10  Paulus Arjun Mayadun Deraniyagala

                                 10  Dr. Siran Upendra Pieris Deraniyagala

                                 10  Ranil Yudisthira Pieris Deraniyaga

                       

                             9  Justin Pieris Deraniyagala

 

                            9  Ralph St Louis Pieris Deraniyagala + Ezlyn Obeysekera

                               10  Ralph  Deraniyagala (Bando) + Indrani Nugara

                                   11  Arubind Deraniyagala

 

                            9  Miriam Pieris Deraniyagala 1908-1999 + Robert de Saram (s/o F R de Saram) (3126)    

                                10  Skanda Ajith de Saram + Sharadha Manorama Muthu Krishna (7010)

                                    11  Tesalia de Saram

                                    11  Sergei Ishviyan de Saram

                                10  Rohan de Saram (Cello) + Rosemary de Saram

                                    11  Sophia de Saram

                                    11  Suren de Saram

                                10  Druvi de Saram (Piano) + Sharmini de Fonseka

                                    11  Mandhira de Saram

                                    11  Radhika de Saram

                                10  Niloo de Saram + Desmond Fernando

                                    11  Jeevani Fernando

                                10  2nd spouse of Niloo de Saram + Jehan Edwards

 

                    6  [9] Cornelia Susanna Elizabeth Dias Bandaranayake + [8]Rev. Canon Samuel William Dias Bandaranaike (Colombo) (1001)

                        William Chapman Dias Wijewardena Bandaranaike b:9/6/1860 (nephew of Sir Harry Dias Bandaranaike and step brother of Sir James Peter Obeysekera), Born in 1860. Educated at St Thomas' College and Royal College, Colombo. Took charge of the estates and plantation management. + Rachel Asmadale, m:1896 (Niece of T B Panabokke)

                           8  Copleston Bandaranaike

                           8  Rani Bandaranaike

                                   [Ref: 20th Centuary Impression by Arnold Wright P525]

                        7  Felix Reginald Dias Bandaranaike, b:26-Jul-1861, d:30-Jan-1947, educated at Royal & St Thomas’ College), Qualifications Cambridge BA,LLB degree. Became District Judge Colombo in 1897, Legal profession + Annie Lucy (Florence) D' Alwis (third daughter of James de Alwis) m:Apr-1890

                           8  Reginald Felix Dias Bandaranaike, Dr. b:17-Jan-1891, d:26-Oct-1951 + (1) “Princess” Joy De Livera (2) (Name Not Known) Dias Abeyesinghe

                                9  Michael Dias Bandaranaike + Norah Hunter-Crabbe (UK)

                                    10  Alison + Wolfram Koch (Austria)

                                    10  Julia + Name Not Known

                                        11  Name Not Known

                9  Felix Dias Bandaranaike, b:5-Nov-1930, d:26-Jun-1985 (Minister of Public Administration,Local Govt,Home Affairs& Justice 1970-77) +  Muthulakshmi Jayasundera

                                9  Christine Dias Bandaranaike + David Blackler

                            8  Annette Lena Dias Bandaranaike + William Ilangakoon, First Sinhalese Attorney General, m:1914

                                9  Hope Ilangakoon + Quintus Tennekoon

                                    10  Serena Tennekoon (died 198?)

                                    10  Deepthi Tenekoon + Palitha Senanayake

                                9  Nannette Christine Ilangakoon, d:Aug 5 2006 in Australia + Lyn (ECG) Wickremasinghe (3103), was the GM of Bank of Ceylon in the seventies, is a second cousin of Esmund Wickremasinghe, father of Ranil Wickremasinghe (UNP).

 

http://www.dailynews.lk/2001/pix/PrintPage.asp?REF=/2006/09/07/main_Obituaries.asp

WICKREMASINGHE - NANETTE CHRISTINE (nee  ILANGAKOON)  widow of late ECG (Lyn) Wickremasinghe, beloved mother of Git and Ravi, mother-in-law of Una and Yasanthi, grandmother of Ramila, Charith and Roshana, sister of Hope, late Neil, Anthea, Philip and Glen, sister-in-law of Quintus and late Lynnette, Ine, Trissette, Gertrude, late Lota (Evelyn) and Lou, passed away on 05th August 2006. The funeral and thanksgiving service were held in Australia on 14th August 2006. DN Sep 7 2006

 

                                    10  Githendra Wickremasinghe + Una (UK)

                                        11  Roshana Wickremasinghe

                                    10  Ravi Wickremasinghe + Yasanthi (Australia)

                                        11  Ramila Wickremasinghe

                                        11  Charith Wickremasinghe

                                9  Neil Ilangakoon + Lynnette de Livera

                                    10  Sheami Ilangakoon + DEW Perera

                                        11  Name Not Known

                                        11  Name Not Known

                                    10  Anthea Ilangakoon +Ine

                                    10  Philip Ilangakoon + Trisetta

                                    10  Glendora Ilangakoon, died 197? + Gertrude

 

                            8  Samuel James Felix Dias Bandaranaike,  Agricultural Department + Esther Ramkeesoon (Trinidad).

                                9  Sonia Dias Bandaranaike + Dr. Digby William Hall (UK)

                                    10  William Hall

                                    10  Mary Hall

                                    10  James Hall

                                    10  Emma Hall

                                9  Gwen Dias Bandaranaike, died 2004 + Roland Dias Abeysinghe.

                                    10  Yohann Dias Abeyesinghe + Manjari Wickremasinghe Rajapakse

                                        11  Chandhana Dias Abeysinghe

                                        11  Hasulie Dias Abeysinghe

                                    10  Jayanthi Dias Abeyesinghe + Ranjith Weerasinghe.

                                        11  Auchithya Weerasinghe

                                    10  Kavinda Dias Abeyesinghe + Shyamini Balasuriya

                                        11  Nadhil Dias Abeysinghe

                                9  Yasmine Dias Bandaranaike, b:1935, University professor, literary critic, editor, bibliographer, novelist, essayist, and poet. She received her education from Bishop's college and went on to graduate from the University of Ceylon in 1959. She also received a Ph. D in English Literature from Cambridge University in 1962. Gooneratne became a resident of Australia in 1972. In 1981 she was the first, and remains until now, the only person to receive the higher doctoral degree of Doctor of Letters ever awarded by Macquarie University. She now holds a Personal Chair in English Literature at Macquarie University, located in New South Wales. From 1989-1993 she was the Foundation Director of her University's Postcolonial Literatures and Languages Research Center. In 1990 Gooneratne became an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to literature and education and in that same year she was also invited to become the Patron of the Jane Austen Society of Australia. From 1994-95, she served on a committee appointed by the Federal Government to review the Australian system of Honors and Awards from 1994-1995. Since 1995, she has had positions on both the Australia Abroad Council and the Visiting Committee of the Faculty of Creative Arts at the University of Wollongong. In 1998, she became a member of Asialink. She has been a visiting professor or specialist at many different places around the world including the following: Edith Cowan University (Western Australia), University of Michigan (USA), Jawarharlal Nehru University (India), and the University of the South Pacific (Fiji).  + Dr. Brendon Goneratne (Australia)

                                    10  Channa Gooneratne

                                    10  Devika Gooneratne

                                9  son (deceased a few minutes after birth at Bandarawela)

 

                        7  Harry Dias Bandaranaike                         

 

                     Don Christoffel Henricus Dias Abeywickrema Jayatilake Seneviratne Bandaranaike, b:1826 (Mudaliyar, Governers Gate, 2nd Udagaha Mudaliyar) b:1826 + Anna Florentina Philipsz Panditharatne

                            7  Alice Dias Bandaranaike 1860-1910 + John Louis Perera

 

                            7  Amy Dias Bandaranaike + Eduardo Roversi, m:1885

                               8  Hilda Roversi

                               8  Elena Roversi

                               8  Neville Roversi

  

                              7  Charlotte Dias Bandaranaike, b:1860 + Solomon Seneviratne, (see pic below) b:1860, educated at Queen's College and The Colombo Academy (later Royal College, (s/o Don Hermanis Seneviratne, Mohandiram of Siyane Korale, grandson of Don Carolis Seneviratne, Mudaliyar of Kalutara, great grandson of Don Louis Seneviratne, Modaliyar of the same place.), m:1885 (3108)

                                 8  Stevan Senewiratne + Lilian de Alwis**

                                     9  Terrance Senewiratne

                                 8  Eric Senewiratne + Ray Dassenaike

                                 8  Noel Senewiratne + Violet Dias Bandaranaike

                                     9  Erin Senewiratne

                                     9  Unis Senewiratne

                                     9  Nissanka Senewiratne.

                                     9  Daphne Senewiratne + Olive Abeynaike

                                         10  Ranil Abeynaike

                                    9  Lionel Senewiratne + Surangani Senewiratne

                                 8  Charlie Senewiratne + Roxina de Alwis

                                     9  Eddie Senewiratne + Lorna de Saram (3126)

                                         10  Anoja Senewiratne + Dr Guneratne

                                             11  Guneratne

                                             11  Guneratne

                                         10  Anil Senewiratne

                                 8  Phillip Senewiratne + Nannie Samarakkody (3118)

                                     9  Dr Brian Senewiratne + Alagaratna

                                         10  Romesh Senewiratne

                                         10  Sherine Senewiratne

                                     9  Phoebe Senewiratne + Nanda Yatawara

                                         10  Kavan Yatawara

                                         10  Lakshman Yatawara

                                         10  Neliya Yatawara

                                8  Francis Senewiratne + Neeta Dias Bandaranaike

                                     9  Sakuntala Senewiratne

                                     9  Sieeva Senewiratne

                                     9  Surangani Senewiratne + Lionel Senewiratne

                                8  2nd spouse of Francis Senewiratne + Grace Thilakaratne

                                     9  Ranjith Senewiratne

                                     9  Nimal Senewiratne + Geetha

                                         10  Amanda Senewiratne

                                         10  Eshan Senewiratne

                                     9  Niranjala Senewiratne + Kalinda Doranagoda

                                         10  Shamila Doranagoda + Duminda Maligaspe

                                             11  Dinuri Maligaspe

                                     9  Priyani Senewiratne + Mohan Samarakkody

                                         10  Sandeepani Samarakkody + Alutwala

                                         10  Yasamali Samarakkody

 

                            7  [29] Susanna Dias Bandaranaike + [30] Johannes Obeysekera

                                  8  Sir James Peter Obeysekera + Susanna Cornelia Dias Bandaranaike

                                    9  Sir Donald Obeysekera + Johanna Perera                                              

                                  8  Sir Solomon Obeysekera + Eslin Alwis

                                    9  Forester Obeysekera (State Councillor) + Anna Isabel Sykes

                                        10  Boykin Obeyesekere

                                        10  Ezlynne Obeyesekere + Ralph St. L P Deraniyagala

 

                           7  [20] Sir Don Solomon Dias Abeywickrema Jayatilleke Senewiratna Rajakumaruna Kadukeralu Bandaranaike, 1862-1946 (Maha Mudaliyar) b:22-May-1862, d:31-Jul-1946, Kt. Commander of the most distinguished order of St. Michael and St. George, Horogolla Walauwwa, St Thomas' College, Mohandiram 1882. Mudliyar Siyane Korale, After returning from UK, Governor Arthur Havelock awarded Maha Mudaliyar title and All Island JP. In 1897 went to UK as official representative for diamond jubilee celebration and received medal. In 1902 revisited UK. Received Coronation Medal and KCMG  + [21] Lady Daisy Ezline Obeyesekere (d/o Christoffel & Lady Obeyesekere) m:Apr-1898

                               8  Solomon West Ridgeway Dias Bandaranaike b:8-Jan 1899, d:26-Sep-1959, (Prime Minister of Sri Lanka 1956-59, Assassinated by a Buddhist Monk on September 25, 1959), St Thomas' College, educated as a lawyer in UK, University of Oxford. Became Secretary of Oxford Union in 1923, called to the bar in 1925, Member of the State Council in 1931, Formed the Sinhala Maha Sabha in 1937, Active in the UNP 1945-51 and established the SLFP after 1951, Prime Minister 1956-59, To solve the ethnic issue he signed the Bandaranaike-Chelvanaygam pact, which was repudiated due to a campaign led by the Buddhist Clergy. Made Sinhala the official Language + Sirimavo Ratwatta, b:17/4/1916, d:10/10/2000, m:2-Oct-1940 (First woman Prime Minister in the World, Prime Minister, 1960-65, 1970-77, 1994-2000) (3060) Wikipedia Account of Sirimavo

                                   9  Sunethra Dias Bandaranaike, b:1943 + Kumar Rupasinghe (div)

                                   9  2nd spouse of Sunethra Dias Bandaranaike + Udaya Nanayakkara (div)

                                   9  Chandrika Dias Bandaranaike, b:29/6/1945, Early education at St Bridgets Convent, Colombo, and graduated in Political Science at Sorbonne University in Paris, Formed the Peoples Alliance (PA) Party, President of Sri Lanka 1994-2005 + Vijaya Kumaratunga, Film Actor, Assasinated 1988

                                       10  Yasodhara Kumaratunga + Roger Walker (UK), m:Jun 2007 in UK (see wedding pics below)

                                       10  Vimukthi Kumaratunga 

                                   9  Anura Dias Bandaranaike b: Feb-15-1949, d:Mar 15, 2008, Educated at Royal College, Member of Parliament  1977 to 2007, Minister Higher Education 1993, Foreign Minister 2005, Leader of the opposition, Speaker of the House, Minister of Tourism/Heritage 2007

 

                               8  Alexandra Camelia Bandaranaike, lived at "Samudragiri" Walauwa in Mount Lavinia + Leo G. De Alwis

                                   9  Shirlene De Alwis + Earle Jayawardena

                                        10  Amal Jayawardena

                                   9  Lankasa De Alwis (tenor singer) + Joy Dassenaike (cousins)

                                        10  Ranjith de Alwis

                                            11  Raneesha de Alwis

                                            11  Radeena de Alwis

                                   9  Rukie (Rukmani) de Alwis b:26 Mar 1926 + Percy Eheliyagoda

                                        10  Leo Eheliyagoda + Ramya Wijetunge

                                            11  Rosanth Eheliyagoda

                                        10  Shalimar Eheliyagoda + Uma Kumar Sharma

                                            11   Shanikar Sharma

                                            11  Sandesh Sharma

                                        10  Charmaine Eheliyagoda , Attorney-at-Law, a member of the National Police Commission appointed by H.E.The President of Sri Lanka + Lakshman Madurasinghe, m:1979 held at All Saints Church Hulftsdorp in Aug 1979 + Professor Lakshman Madurasinghe, born in Galle, STC Prep School Kollupitiya 1959-1960 (LKG/UKG), STC Mount Lavinia 1961-71, Attorney at Law, CIPD UK

                                            11  Rosanth Lakshan Madurasinghe, graduate of the University of London (England). + Nishani Fernando of Wennappuwa on July 7 2007

                                        10  Lankani Eheliyagoda

                                        10  Devika Eheliyagoda

                                             [ see Family Photo 2005 & weblog at http://ceo.intellect.googlepages.com/familytree ]

 

                               8  Anna Florentina Bandaranaike + Abraham de Livera

                                   9  Christopher de Livera + Nimal Pieris

                                       10  Shanaka de Livera + Samanda

                                            11  Sajin de Livera

                                            11  Shealan de Livera

                                       10  Priyan de Livera

                                       10  Asanthi de Livera + Oswin de Alwis

                                   9  May de Livera

                               8  2nd spouse of Anna Florentina Bandaranaike + (2nd bed) Obeyesekere

 

                          7 Elizabeth Dias Bandaranaike + Walter de Livera, b:1863, (Royal College), Police Magistrate in 1898), m:1898

                                8  "Princess" de Livera (Joy), b:1900 + Reginold Felix Dias Bandaranaike, 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             

                             8  Manique de Livera, b:1892

       

 

            4 Name Not Known

            4 Name Not Known

 

            4 Johanna Elizabeth Philipsz b:1772 m:Sep-15-1799 + Diederich Wilhelm Spittel (1003), m:15th September 1799, s/o John Lourens Spittel who originated from Weimar in Saxony, Germany, similar to the Scharffs

                5 Gerardus Adrian Spittel

                    6 Frederick George Spittel, Dr + Zillia

                        7 Richard Lionel Spittel, Dr. + Claribel Frances Van Dort, (Claire) d/o Dr W G Van Dort (1004)

                            8  Christine Spittel

                            8  Yvonne Spittel

                        7  Lottie Spittel     

 

            4 Name Not Known

            4 Name Not Known

 

        3 Abraham Philipsz - Maha Mudaliyar

            4 Johannes Gottfried Philipsz (first Singhalese member of the first Legislative Council of Ceylon in 1734) d:1800

 

        3 Catherine Philipsz


 **

Murder by Chloroform at Duff House, Bagatalle Road

By Jayantha Gunasekera

Part 1

Maha Mudaliyar Sir Solomon Dias Bandaranaike of Horogolla Walauwe had two daughters and a son. The son was SWRD, Prime Minister of Ceylon, from 1956 to 1959. He married Sirimavo, one of the daughters of Barnes Ratwatte (later Sir Barnes). She was a good 18 years SWRD’s junior in age. Though Sir Solomon was not a man of education, he aspired to high titular office. He aped the British so much that he named his son Solomon West Ridgeway after a British Governor.

SWRD was educated at St Thomas’ College, Mt. Lavinia, a Christian school, and at the University of Oxford, where he was elected Treasure of the Oxford Union. He was admitted to the English Bar and, on his return, he practised his profession for a few years. Thereafter, he took to politics and was elected as the representative for Veyangoda. Unlike his father, he was national minded, and donned the “ariyasinhala” dress, and even became a Buddhist.

One of Sir Solomon’s daughters was given in marriage to Leo D’Alwis of Mt. Lavinia. The D’Alwis’ were possessed of vast tracts of agricultural property, and property in the Western Province. Leo’s sister, Lillian Roslin, was given in marriage to a Cambridge-educated, non-practising barrister – Stephen Seneviratne. The bride was a lady of large proportions, heavily built. Stephen was the eldest son of Attapattu Mudaliyar Solomon Seneviratne, and his mother was a sister of the Maha Mudaliyar. So we see that Stephen and wife were both closely related to Sir Solomon.

Stephen’s country residence was Kandahena Estate, Veyangoda. Stephen and his wife, soon after they married, resided at White House, Ward Place, Colombo. 7, which was not such a residential area, as it is now. He had a short stint at the Bar, but left and joined the Valuation Dept. as a Govt. Assessor. Within a few years he left Govt. service and did freelance Valuation for the Public Trustees Dept. and the State Mortgage Bank. He did not thereafter show any inclination to engage in intellectual pursuits and to continue as a member of the Bar. He was more interested in managing his agricultural lands. He was particularly interested in animal husbandry and poultry rearing, hardly the kind of activity expected of a Cambridge-educated lawyer. Perhaps Stephen knew his limitations. He knew only too well that qualifying as a lawyer was one thing, and practising was quite another. His son Terence, perhaps, took to agriculture, and became the Director of Agriculture at Peradeniya, due to his father’s influence.

After a difficult confinement, Mrs. Seneviratne gave birth to their only child, Terrence and the doctor in attendance was Dr. S.C. Paul, one of the earliest Ceylonese to qualify as a surgeon. Some years after the birth of the baby, Mrs. Seneviratne developed an early diabetic condition. At the time of her marriage, both her parents were dead, being chronic diabetics. She was given in marriage by her brother Leo D’ Alwis, who was extremely fond of her. Mrs. Seneviratne developed a morbid frame of mind and made no bones about the fact that she too would not live long, like her parents.

A few years later, Stephen decided to sell White House, which he had inherited. Mrs. Seneviratne had constant breezes with Stephen over this sale. He sold a dowry property at Wellawatte and with the proceeds he purchased the farm at Nawala and an estate at Alawwa.

Another matter that they were quarrelling about was a servant girl called Jessie. Mrs. Seneviratne had suspicions that Stephen was having an illicit affair with Jessie. This girl was sacked by Mrs. Seneviratne, but re-employed by Stephen to work in the Nawala property.

After the sale of White House, they shifted to a rented house in Arbuthnot Street, until April 1933, when they shifted to Duff House at Bagatalle Road in October of the same year. While living at Arbuthnot St, she wrote to Stephen the following letter, which was produced at the trial. The letter read; “By creeping into a miserable house for Rs100/- if anything goes wrong with my child, I will without hesitation kill myself then and there. I will not be a burden and a stumbling block to you much longer. Only a few years is all that is left for me. Every morning, noon and night I will pray to God to shorten my days. With every charitable act I shall pray for the same thing. I now live as a prisoner in the cell, waiting for the end of his term. I will not live for more than 40 or 50 years, because my parents died early. I will await death my comforter and redeemer. Can you buy me a pistol before I go to the other house. At least alone I will have some sort of defence then.”

Their son Terrence was very attached to his father. His mother used to beat him up whenever she lost her temper. Over this too, there were constant quarrels between husband and wife. She also disapproved of Stephen visiting his sister-in-law, Mrs. Francis Seneviratne at Veyangoda.

Mrs. Stephen Seneviratne, according to the evidence led at the trial, was a highly strung neurotic person. She flew into a rage for trivial matters, and often used to lock herself up and refuse to eat, for several days. She thought that White House was haunted and complained of ghosts. Noises of polecats used to be considered by her as strange noises. Stephen never took his wife seriously and treated her in a light hearted manner. They had been leading a cat and dog life for some years before her death.

At Duff House Mrs. Seneviratne slept with her maid Alpina. In the next room, Terrence slept with his Nurse Mabel Joseph. According to Alpina, Mrs. Seneviratne spent a restless night on the day in question, and woke up twice, once to close the shutters due to the rains, and again, to drink some water. Was she tossing in bed contemplating the drastic action she was hoping to take in the morning?

At 6 a.m., according to Alpina, the lady was awake. Alpina went to the kitchen. About 15 minutes later, their 15-year-old servant boy Seelas, and driver Perera told Alpina that the lady wanted her. As she entered her mistress’s room she noticed an oily smell. Because the lady was lying across the bed with her head towards the wall and legs hanging over the outer edge of the bed, her master went to the lady’s bed and fanned his wife with a book, and sent the maid for some brandy, and hot water in empty beer bottles which her master applied to the various parts of her mistress’s body. He also attempted artificial respiration.

According to Alpina and 21-year-old Mabel Joseph, the lady was alive on Sunday October 15th at 6.15 a.m. There was a bottle of Aspirin tablets in her room. Did the servants hear a scream, a groan or a gurgling sound?

Then the car was sent to fetch the aunt of Mrs. Stephen — Mrs. Harry Dias Bandaranaike and the family doctor, Dr S.C. Paul.

If Stephen was responsible for her death, rather than suicide, “it would have to be a carefully prepared and a well timed act, on his part, to come into his wife’s room ready with the bottle of smelling salts, filled with chloroform, poured the chloroform on to a handkerchief of his wife and smothered her by placing the saturated hankie over her mouth and nostrils, and then gone into his son’s room and being seen by Alpina, coming out of the room”.

There was ample evidence that Mrs. Seneviratne was familiar with the use of chloroform, and that she was aware of the fact that chloroform was available in the house.

Dr. Paul arrived at Duff House along with Mrs. Harry Dias Bandaranaike on the morning of 15th October. Though Dr. Paul thought it was a case of suicide by taking an overdose of Aspirin, he telephoned the Coroner, the Police and Leo D’Alwis. On learning later that the Police and the Coroner did not suspect foul play, and did not propose to take any action, he gave a certificate that death was due to syncope or heart failure, following an over dose of Aspirin. Leo D’Alwis had himself noticed the marks on the face but did not seriously suspect foul play, as his sister had threatened suicide, many times.

On October 16th, the funeral took place. Leo D’Alwis’ suspicions grew as there were frequent quarrels between his sister and Stephen and he was not satisfied about the marks on her face. On the advice of Dr. Paul, Leo made a complaint on November 7th. Inquest proceedings began before E.H.R. Tennison, Police Magistrate. Tennison ordered the exhumation and the post-morten examination was conducted by Dr. T.S. Nair, the JMO. Tennison was of the opinion that Mrs. Seneviratne was murdered. On December 3rd the Additional Magistrate C.B.P. Perera started Non-Summary Proceedings, continued day to day, and the accused Stephen Seneviratne was committed to stand his trial before the Supreme Court.

NEXT – Supreme Court Trial of Stephen Seneviratne and Appeal to the Privy Council – Part 2 (The writer expresses his gratitude to Firoz Sameer, for having provided him with some literature regarding this case)
Sunday Times July 6 2014

 

 

 


The family tree has also been included under the Sinhala Family genealogy pages since they belong to both the Burgher and Sinhala communities