Yarns and Anecdotes

Listen to the story of Patrick Francis Hadow, fondly known as Frank. Did you know that in 1878, a 23-year-old Frank Hadow, on leave from his plantation in Ceylon, competed in the 2nd Wimbledon Championship and secured the singles title by defeating Spencer Gore in the Challenge Round? Hadow is also credited with the invention of the ‘Lob’, a potent weapon then - as no one had yet learned the overhead smash. Listen to this podcast, adapted from the article titled ‘The Wimbledon Championship & the Plantation Connection’, written by Anura Gunasekera.

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Tale of the ill-fated robbery by the feared underworld figure of the day, “Laathara Baas” and his gang, which resulted in the death of Bruce Whitehouse, Superintendent of Madampe Group, Rakwana in the Ratnapura district.

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The story of the murder of George Pope, the tough and strict disciplinarian Superintendent of Stellenberg Group, Uda Pussellawa. 

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A gunshot, a murder, and a little dog. A few weeks before Christmas in the year 1880, there was a gunshot at half past 7pm and a Liverpool gentleman was found murdered on Mousa Estate – caused by a series of events which involved his little dog, Lugs.

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