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Burgher People from Sri Lanka ~ Ceylon

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Burgher People from SRI LANKA

Of Dutch ‧ Portuguese ‧ German ‧ British ‧ Swedish ‧ Norwegian ‧ French ‧ Irish roots & origin during 16th-20th centuries

Famous profiles by profession or skills

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Academic

  • F.A.R. "Happy" GOMESZ, dr. ‧ FFARCS (Eng ‧ Consultant anaesthetics & Pain Relief ‧
  • Desmond Sylveer KOELMEYER ‧ FCMA‧UK ‧ FCPA‧Australia ‧ Bcom Spe-Hon ‧ FICM ‧ Former CEO Orix Factors Ltd. Freemason ‧
  • E.O.E. PEREIRA, prof. ‧ founding Dean ‧ Fac.of Engineering ‧ University of Ceylon ‧
  • Wendy WHATMORE ‧ deceased ‧ SL ‧ educationist ‧

Artist

  • Jean ARASANAYAGAM ‧ poet ‧ painter ‧
  • Ivor BAPTISTE ‧ Sri Lanka ‧ artist ‧ painter ‧
  • Geoff BELING ‧ Sri Lanka ‧ painter ‧ member 43' Group ‧
  • George CLAASEN ‧ Sri Lanka ‧ painter ‧ member 43' Group ‧
  • Aubrey COLLETTE ‧ Sri Lanka ‧ cartoonist ‧ member 43' group ‧
  • Henry Jan COOKE ‧ artist ‧ architect ‧ & Ellen Casperz ‧ educationist ‧
  • Anthony P. HOPMAN ‧ Artist ‧ specializing: wildlife & portraits ‧ Sri Lanka ‧
  • George KEYT ‧ Sri Lanka ‧ painter ‧ poet ‧ member 43' Group ‧ MBE
  • Jake OORLOFF ‧ Sri Lanka ‧ theater practitioner ‧
  • Rodney PRESURE ‧ Sri Lanka ‧ artist ‧ politician ‧
  • Barbara SANSONI ‧ artist ‧
  • Shanie VANDORT ‧ neo-expressionist painter ‧
  • Lionel WENDT ‧ Sri Lanka ‧ photographer ‧ founder 43' Group ‧

Author

  • Tessa BARTHOLOMEUSZ, prof. ‧ phd professor Religious Studies ‧ author ‧ USA ‧
  • R.L. BROHIER, dr. ‧ historical author: Changing Face of Colombo 1505-1972 ‧
  • Michelle DE KRETSER ‧ Australian author ‧ books: The Hamilton Case ‧ Questions of Travel
  • Carl MULLER ‧ author ‧ books: The Jam Fruit Tree ‧ the Yakada Yaka ‧ Once upon a tender time ‧ Children of the Lion ‧
  • Michael ONDAATJE ‧ poet ‧ author: The English Patient ‧
  • Rosemary ROGERS ‧ author romance-novels ‧ USA ‧ NY-Times best-sellers list ‧
  • Merlyn SWAN ‧ broadcaster ‧ writer ‧
  • Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-SAMARASINHA ‧ poet ‧ activist
  • Vivimarie VANDERPOORTEN ‧ poet ‧ winner Gratiaen Prize 2009 ‧

Business

  • Neil BROHIER ‧ hotelier ‧
  • Kenneth HONTER ‧ sr advertising personality ‧
  • Rodney J. KOELMEYER ‧ chairman ‧ managing director Superlink Travels
  • Gerard "Gem" MILHUISEN ‧ hotelier ‧
  • Roger Keith MODDER -1- ‧ executive V-Pres. & chief operating Officer Virtusa Inc ‧
  • Ivor PATERNOTT ‧ deceased - Sri Lanka ‧ business tycoon ‧
  • Charles Henry de SOYSA ‧ 19th-cent.Sri Lanka ‧ philanthropist

CHEFS

  • Charmaine SOLOMON ‧ chef ‧ writer Asian cookbooks ‧
  • Terrence VANDERSLOT ‧ professional Chef ‧

DANCERS

  • Elaine COLE ‧ Baila dancer ‧
  • Vivil de KAUWE ‧ founder dance school

Doctors

  • Noel BARTHOLOMEUSZ, dr. ‧ surgeon ‧
  • John CARNIE, dr. ‧ Chief Medical Officer for the state of Victoria ‧
  • R.L SPITTEL, dr. ‧ CMG CBE FRCS ‧ Lond ‧ surgeon ‧ wildlife enthusiast ‧ poet ‧ writer ‧ chronicler of the ways of the Vedda ‧

Engineers ‧

  • Cecil BALMOND ‧ structural engineer ‧ architectural theoretician ‧

Fashion & models

  • Nigel BARKER ‧ fashion photographer
  • Rozanne DIASZ ‧ repr. Sri Lanka ‧ Miss Universe 2005 pageant ‧ Model ‧ TV presenter ‧
  • Jacqueline FERNANDEZ ‧ repr. Sri Lanka ‧ Miss Universe 2006 pageant ‧ actress Bollywood films ‧
  • Andrea FONSEKA ‧ Miss Malaysia Universe 2004 ‧ for Singapore.
  • Maureen HINGERT ‧ repr. Sri Lanka~Ceylon at 1954 Miss Universe pageant ‧ 2nd runner-up ‧ actress
  • Rapthi KERKOVEN ‧ model ‧
  • Sachini Ayendra STANLEY ‧ Sri Lanka ‧ film actress ‧ model ‧

Journalists

  • Frederica JANSZ ‧ Sri Lanka ‧ journalist ‧ editor The Sunday Leader ‧
  • Stephen PRINS ‧ Sri Lanka ‧ journalist ‧ Sri Lanka Sunday Times
  • Maureen SENEVIRATNE ‧ Sri Lanka ‧ journalist ‧ writer ‧ human rights activist

Musicians

  • Kerrigan La-BROOY ‧ intern. singer ‧ songwriter ‧ entertainer
  • Jason COLE ‧ intern. DJ ‧ music producer ‧
  • Danielle de NIESE ‧ Australian opera singer
  • Hans EBERT ‧ music executive ‧
  • Cliff FOENANDER ‧ deceased ‧ musician
  • Robin FOENANDER ‧ Australian musician ‧ broadcaster
  • Desmond KELLY ‧ musician ‧ Australia ‧
  • Alston KOCH ‧ Australia ‧ musician ‧
  • Douglas MEERWALD ‧ deceased ‧ big-band singer ‧
  • Nick ONDATJE ‧ inland Empire musician ‧ businessman
  • Keith POTGER ‧ musician ‧ member Australian folk group the Seekers ‧ founder the New Seekers ‧
  • Eileen PRINS ‧ Sri Lanka ‧ violinist ‧ founding member of the Symphony Orchestra of Colombo
  • Gresha SCHUILLING ‧ Sri Lanka ‧ musician ‧
  • Guy SEBASTIAN ‧ Australia ‧ singer born in Malaysia of Burgher parents ‧
  • George SIEGERTSZ ‧ deceased ‧ post-world-war-two musician ‧ yhe country's number one whistler ‧ with short slots on Radio Ceylon ‧
  • Bradley Jude TAYLOR ‧ 1987 ‧ musician ‧ producer ‧
  • Irene van der WALL ‧ pianist ‧ founding member of the Symphony Orchestra of Colombo

Politics

  • Pieter KEUNEMAN ‧ Sri Lanka ‧ politician
  • David de KRETSER, prof. ‧ governor of Victoria-Australia ‧
  • Quint ONDAATJE ‧ Dutch patriot ‧ politician ‧
  • Wilhelm WOUTERSZ ‧ Sri Lanka ‧ diplomat ‧

Religion

  • Rev. Allan FRASER ‧ Sri Lanka ‧ clergyman
  • Reverend TOUSSAINT ‧ Sri Lanka ‧ Anglican clergyman

Sports People

  • Michael BEVAN ‧ Australia ‧ cricketer ‧
  • Malcolm BULNER ‧ boxer ‧ repr. Sri Lanka in Olympics
  • Bertram HEYN ‧ major general & former Commander of Ceylon Army ‧ former cricket- ‧ field hockey- ‧ rugby player ‧
  • Richard Russell HEYN ‧ Sri Lanka ‧ cricket ‧ field hockey star
  • Graeme LABROOY ‧ former Sri Lanka ‧ cricketer
  • Cdr Eustavce Lorenz MATTHYSZ ‧ JP ‧ SLN ‧ rugby player ‧ marine engineer ‧
  • Sir Christopher ONDAATJE ‧ former athlete ‧ philanthropist ‧
  • Laddy OUTSCHOORN ‧ England ‧ cricketer ‧ Worcester Main FC:1946-1959] Cap 1948 ‧
  • Rodney PATERNOTT ‧ Sri Lanka ‧ rugby player ‧
  • Koo de SARAM ‧ Sri Lanka ‧ tennis player ‧
  • Iris VANDERZEIL ‧ deceased 2008 ‧ Sri Lanka ‧ athletics champion ‧ sports woman of the 1930' and 40s ‧
  • Michael VANDORT ‧ Sri Lanka ‧ cricketer ‧
  • Duncan WHITE ‧ Sri Lanka~Ceylon ‧ medalist London Olympics 1948 ‧

TV

  • Jamie DURIE ‧ media personality ‧
  • Geoff JANSZ ‧ Australia ‧ TV chef ‧

Others

  • Delorain BROHIER ‧ historian ‧
  • Frederick DORNHORST ‧ lawyer ‧
  • Gina ZAMPARELLI ‧ Los Angeles ‧ based concert promoter ‧ daughter of Maureen HINGERT ‧

See also