Royal People

A dedication to those wonderful people who served Royal Primary School & Royal College, in Sri Lanka, since 1835, and, who will be remembered for their committment, sincerety and unselfishness.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Mr Dunstan Taylor

Kusum, Hapu, Mazher Fazleali, & Graham, have reported a Mr Dunstan Taylor who spent a short time at College teaching latin to the Fourth Formers. he is supposed to have been a fellow of the school by the beach in outer Colombo, in his days as a student.

I dont have any recollections of him at all. It is possible he may have spent time at Royal during the second half of 1963 when I was hospitalized for six months after suffering an eye accident at College and suffering a Retinal Detachment.

Any further info on Mr Taylor will be useful for the blog

Fazli Sameer
April 29 2006

An extract from my autobiography, "The way we were..." related to ROYAL is given below, having relevance to the story above.


Moving to College in 1959 was a tremendous change for everyone. Some of the Burgher boys were in the process of migrating to Australia with the Sinhala only policy coming into place.

Some didn’t make it having failed the entrance test. New guys joined us from various other schools. We had a batch of over 200 in the first year at Royal College in 1959 spread out into seven classes classified as Form 1A to Form 1F.

I was in 1E and my class teacher was Mr Justin de Silva, affectionately known as “Abraham Lincoln” for his tremendous love and respect for the former American President whom he used as a role model in every possible way. He even sported a beard and tried to look like old Abe in the best of his own inimitable style.

1A was taken by that wonderfully dynamic teacher Capt. MKJ Cantlay renowned for his activities and contributions with the Scout Troop and the Cadet Corps. I also remember Mr MM Alavi taking one of the classes in Form 1.

My Form 2 class master was Mr Sivalingam, Mr JH de Saram taking Form 3, Ms Samarasekera taking form 4 and then Mr Canegaratne also taking Form 4 as I had to spend another year in the same form in 1963 on account of an eye injury I suffered while playing “Elle” or Rounders (the local version of baseball) and had to spend six difficult months warded at the Colombo Eye Hospital from June to December 1963. The one whose bat hit me on the face was KC Fernando (Dr in OZ now), and it was the last “pitch”of the day before the bell rang to end the lunch interval. I was rushed to the Accident Service in an unconscious state after having been taken to the hostel for immediate attention to the cut above my left eye that subsequently had to have three stitches implanted to close the gaping wound.

Mail received from Palitha Manchanayake in OZ on May 8 2006


I remember Mr. Taylor very well even though he has not taught me. He was there around our 4th Form or so.

A few years back I had a visitor from Sri Lanka and his wife was a former English Teacher in Sri Lanka who was attached to the Ministry of Higher Education. While they were at my place, she said that they have a family to visit in Sydney. When I asked for the address, she said that it is in Carlingford which is the same suburb that I live in. So I took them to that particular address and when we entered the house, I realized that it was that of Mr. Taylor's.

Apparently, Mrs. Taylor was also an English Teacher in Sri Lanka who has worked with this lady. Then we started a chat, and got to know that Mr. Taylor happens to be our Mr. EFC Pereira's nephew.


EMail received from Eardley Lievers on May 11 2006

Just a bit of information. Dunstan Taylor died last year (2005) in Canberra of cancer (oesophagus). Some of you may not know it. Apparently he suffered a lot and towards the end lost his power of speech. His life was a sad one, losing his son and only child in a car accident in the sixties.

I was just browsing through the BLOG and came across a reference to him. Incidentally, the BLOG is very good.

Eardley L


Blogger Manel Fonseka said...

I am very sad to learn that Dunstan died after much suffering. I knew him and his wife Claudette Jayewardena whhen they were both undergrads in Peradeniya University in Sri Lanka in the late 1950s/ear;y 60s. I came to this site while trying to find an email contact for them, actually. I have not been in contact with either since I left Sri Lanka for Univeristy abroad, in 1961. I was hoping Dunstan or his wife could put me in touch with another of their University batch, Alastair Roosemale-Cocq. I did hear that they had lost their only child, tragically. Dunstan used to act in the campus. My family lived on campus and we got to know many of the students. I live in Colombo now. I wonder if anyone here is in touch with Claudette or Alastair?I was at Girls High School & Trinity College - Manel Fonseka

5:51 PM  
Blogger Fazli Sameer said...

Response received from Michael Roosemale-Cocq:-
I do know Alastair, but although we share the same name, we are not related.

The last I heard was that he is living in Melbourne - and perhaps Fazli with all his contacts, may be able to locate him.

Alastair's parents were Jamie ( Supt. of Police ) and Marguerite.
He had a brother Trevor, who died last month in Colombo - he had been suffering from Alzheimer's.. He was MD of George Steuarts.

Hope that this information will be of assistance.


10:17 AM  
Blogger Fazli Sameer said...


You would not be the first person to think that all Roosmale-Cocq's are related - it is certainly an unusual name !!!

Here is the story.
My Pater was stationed at the Excise Warehouse at Kalutara in 59 / 60. At the same time Jamie ( Alastair's Father ) was the ASP there, so we got to know the family, and socialised with them.
According to Jamie, he was born a de Livera, and was from Galle - I can't recall the circumstances, but from a very young age he lived with, and was brought up by one of my Grandfather's unmarried sisters ( There were 15 in that family !!! ).
When he became an adult, in recognition of what my grand - aunt had done for him, Jamie decided to change his name from de Livera to Roosmale-Cocq - and that is the reason that we are not related.

My Pater's brother's family still live in N'Eliya, where they have been all their lives - so I do still have some relations in SL.

I am keeping really well, and I trust that you are too. Hoping to be at the BIG reunion in March next year !!!
Six grand kids ( 5 boys / 1 girl ) - so we are really kept on our toes !!!

Cocky. (Michael Roosmale-Cocq)

12:02 PM  

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