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Offline dutch missmarple

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House in Colombo Sri Lanka
« on: Friday 09 February 18 14:29 GMT (UK) »
Hi all,

My grandmother was born in Sri Lanka. I have a small damaged photo of her and her family (from about 1901. The photo was taken by AW Andree from Hopetoun Studio Colombo. On the house there is a sign with the name of the house: The Dell.
Is there a possibility to find out if this house still excists ? And where exactly it was/is situated ? Not sure if my gr-grandparents lived there. Or was it common to take photos in front of houses where one didn't live ?

thnk you for your time
Dutch MissMarple
Wilson: Writtle Essex, Shorne Kent.
Windley: Woodford Essex, Chigwell Essex, Blackmore Essex.
Halls: Chigwell and Woodford, Essex
Ambrose and Corteling: Sri Lanka
Corteling:Ceylon

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Re: House in Colombo Sri Lanka
« Reply #2 on: Friday 09 February 18 16:03 GMT (UK) »
Thank you Shaun. I forgot to say that my gr-grandfather (Albert T. Wison) was working at the railways (as he did in England before moving to Sri Lanka).
Wilson: Writtle Essex, Shorne Kent.
Windley: Woodford Essex, Chigwell Essex, Blackmore Essex.
Halls: Chigwell and Woodford, Essex
Ambrose and Corteling: Sri Lanka
Corteling:Ceylon

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Re: House in Colombo Sri Lanka
« Reply #3 on: Friday 09 February 18 16:05 GMT (UK) »
Yes I see that now
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Re: House in Colombo Sri Lanka
« Reply #4 on: Friday 09 February 18 16:13 GMT (UK) »
Shaun where did you find that ? What year ?
Does this mean that he (or him and his new family) lived and worked at the tea estate ?
and what does cgr mean ?
Wilson: Writtle Essex, Shorne Kent.
Windley: Woodford Essex, Chigwell Essex, Blackmore Essex.
Halls: Chigwell and Woodford, Essex
Ambrose and Corteling: Sri Lanka
Corteling:Ceylon

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Re: House in Colombo Sri Lanka
« Reply #5 on: Friday 09 February 18 16:18 GMT (UK) »
That's from Ferguson's 1904 Directory. I haven't looked in any others yet.

"CGR" is Ceylon Government Railway. He was a railway guard. I was hoping to find an address but no luck with that.
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Re: House in Colombo Sri Lanka
« Reply #6 on: Friday 09 February 18 16:34 GMT (UK) »
He was in Avondale Road, Maradana in 1909. Now a Head Guard with the CGR.
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Re: House in Colombo Sri Lanka
« Reply #7 on: Friday 09 February 18 17:27 GMT (UK) »
Shaun on what page did you find the 1909 entry.
The family returned to England in 1909. Sadly my gr-grandmother died the following year.

Thank you !
Wilson: Writtle Essex, Shorne Kent.
Windley: Woodford Essex, Chigwell Essex, Blackmore Essex.
Halls: Chigwell and Woodford, Essex
Ambrose and Corteling: Sri Lanka
Corteling:Ceylon

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