Boer War graves memorial Diyatalawa

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Daan Prinsloo on February 16, 2010

Hi Priyanjan This photo was taken in 1977 when I was last in Sri Lanka, much too long ago. The names of some of my family members appear on the memorial in the military camp in Diyatalawa (if it is still there) It was taken on Agfa colour slide, and I recently started scanning my old slides (in total more than 3000) with my Canoscan. I have about 50 photos of places in Sri Lanka dating from that year. Regards. Daan Prinsloo, Pretoria

Daan Prinsloo on February 17, 2010

Hi Priyanjan Thank you very much for your interest and for correcting the position of the photo. It was really difficult for me to find the spot, either on GE or on Panoramio. If you send me your e-mail, I'll send you some of the other photos of the area which I scanned in. I also have a book (in Dutch) written about the Boer prisoners of war (1899-1901) who spent time in different camps in the then Ceylon. I had some lovely tea (GOPF quality)at a tea factory in Nuwara Eliya (I think). Isn't that where Mutthia Muralidaran's family have a factory? Best regards Daan Prinsloo

Daan Prinsloo on February 17, 2010

Hi Priyanjan Thanks for the email address. I'll scan some the stuff for you at home tonight and send them along. The book (printed about a century ago) also has old photos of the boer POWs in the camps, which I'll also send. Thanks for your interest. Regards Daan Prinsloo

Daan Prinsloo on February 19, 2010

Hi Priyanjan Instead of clogging your e-mail with photos, I uploaded some more of my Sri Lanka photos from 1977 to my photos on Panoramio. If you go to my photos, click the tag "Sri Lanka" and you'll see those I have already uploaded. Daan Prinsloo

Daan Prinsloo on February 22, 2010

Hi Priyanjan Good to hear from you again. Some of the 1977 slides have survided quite well, and I'm still battling with the digital camera - things like depth of field and aperture opening. I therefore stick to the automatic settings. Sign of age, hey. Daan Prinsloo

AltaG on August 26, 2010

Naand Daan, is dit dalk enigsins moontlik dat ons jou foto vir die Diyatalawa monument kan gebruik vir ons genealogiese navorsing asb? Ons sal graag die foto op die eGGSA webblad wil sit, Ons neem gewoonlik ons foto's self, maar weet nie wanneer oor ooit eendag op daardie eiland sal kry om dit vir ons dit te kan doen nie! Die name op die monument is vir ons van groot waarde. Ons sal ook aan jou die nodige erkenning gee.
Dankie Alta Griffiths Kaapstad

Daan Prinsloo on August 27, 2010

Hallo Alta, julle mag dit sekerlik gebruik. Die skyfie is een van 'n klompie wat ek in 1977(?)in Diyatalawa geneem het en ingescan het. As julle vir my sê wat julle oogmerk is, sal ek die ander ook inscan en vir julle laat kry. Die ander is nader skote van die name. Groete, Daan

drivetime on May 7, 2011

how come you have a Boer War monument in Sri Lanka

Daan Prinsloo on May 8, 2011

Hi drivetime, during the Anglo-Boer War (1899- 1902) the British authorities exiled captured Boer soldiers to places such as St Helena, Bermuda, India, and Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). A large camp in Sri Lanka was at Diyatalawa, and those who died there were buried there. Some years after the war the graves were consolidated and this monument was erected. The spot is now a military base (at least when I was there in 1977). Cheers from Pretoria.

drivetime on May 8, 2011

thanks for the info Daan, I knew there had to be a reasonable explanation, stupid me.......... sorry about that. Daan do you have any photos of Albertinia in the Western Cape???

Daan Prinsloo on May 8, 2011

Unfortunately drivetimeI have not been that way again since I went digital a few years ago. I have some of Jongensfontein beach reasort, which is not too far away.

drivetime on May 8, 2011

Will you post the jongensfontein one or will you be in a position to send them to me you have my e-mail address please. I don't know what they have done to the words below, it is almost impossible to read them to find a code to type in, don't you think so too??

Stef Ferreira on December 16, 2013

In October this year (2013) I visited Diyatalawa to see if I could find the burial site of the Boer prisoners of war who died there. I was tracing the footsteps of my grandfather who was at Diyatalawa from 1900 to 1902. The monument of which Daan took the picture posted on this site is still there, but it is now dirty and in a state of disrepair.

Daan Prinsloo on December 19, 2013

Dis jammer, want dit is in 'n militêre basis en in die Statebondslande word oorlogsgrafte nogal goed versorg.

Magdaleen on May 26, 2014

Hi Daan, het jy dalk die name van die krygsgevangenes op Diyatalawa? Ek is opsoek na Willem Sterrenberg Pretorius wat in May 1902 op die SS Mohawk India toe gestuur is, en nie weer teruggekeer het nie.

Daan Prinsloo on May 27, 2014

Hallo Magdaleen, as jy vir my 'n e-posadres kan gee, sal ek vir iets meer sê en na 'n boek verwys. Groete, Daan

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  • Uploaded on November 30, 2009
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    by Daan Prinsloo
    • Camera: Canon CanoScan 5600F