Burgher

The Dutch Burgher Union (DBU) Journals are an excellent research point for those researching or studying the Burghers. Various articles by eminent writers and scholars are contained in these Journals and give an insight to the life and times of those early years. 
 
The Library has also a fair collection of publications on the Burghers and related topics.Copies of articles, done by various researchers and students on the Burghers are also available, as is studies on the Burghers in Australia.
 
Two CD's are available of 'Burgher' music from Sri Lanka, along with the Cafrinha, Baila, music of the Cafres de Puttalam etc. These were recorded by Prof David Jackson of Yale University, a Professor of Creole Music, Song and Dance. 
 
This library hopes to acquire as much publications, articles etc on the Burghers of Sri Lanka, anyone having such items and wishing to donate them to the Library are urged to contact me please.
 
Note: The term Burgher was defined by Chief Justice of Ceylon, Sir Richard Ottley, in an authoritative pronouncement, when he gave evidence before the Commission which was appointed in connection with the establishment of a Legislative Council in Ceylon in 1883. He stated that, 
 
"The name Burgher belongs to the descendants of the Dutch, Portuguese and other Europeans born in Ceylon, and the right to distinction must not be decided by the Country from which their father or paternal ancestor came. So whatever the number of generations through which the family has passed in this Island, if the male ancestors were Dutch, Portuguese and or other Europeans, whoever may have been the female parents, if the parents were married, the offspring would be Burgher. If the parents were not married, the country of the mother would decide the question. If the right to be denominated Burgher be once lost by the legitimate father being a Cingalese or other Indian, it cannot be recovered." 
 
 
Burgher Union AGM Office Bearers – 2012/2013

Full Name

Position

Phone Number

E-mail address

Bonny Justin Vincent

President

077 364 4749

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Neil Hendrick

Vice- President

077 417 9306

 

Earl Barthelot

Secretary

077 3823 729

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Annie Alexandar

Asst. Secretary

077 352 2796

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Ligory De Lima

Treasurer

077 224 1069

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Asst. Treasurer

Danton Andrado

077 757 8996

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Education – Leader

Jude Pietersz

077 842 5006

 

Welfare  - Leader

Kittar Barthelot

0776672880

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Culture – Leader

Angel Outschoorn

077 204 3544

 

Finance – Leader

Magin Balthazaar

077 986 0630

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Membership – Leader

Sana Ragel

071 804 9476

 

Links

The Portuguese in Ceylon

Dutch-Portuguese Colonial History

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