? Burghers In The UK

Memoirs of Illona Stockwell

Interviewee:
Illona Stockwell
Born:
1940
Date of Interview
14th July 2014
Length of Interview:
34 Minutes
Interviewer:
Gayle Bartholomeusz


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Illona Stockwell is a very proud Batticaloa Burgher. Her father was a forester, educated at Oxford University, so she travelled around Sri Lanka as a child. Trincomalee, Galle, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Bentota, Ratnapura were just some of the places she lived in. She loved watching the Perahera processions with 200 elephants and Kandyan dancers. A self-confessed, mischievous school girl, listen to some of the naughty pranks she played on her unsuspecting teachers.



Detailed Summary (with time stamping for ease of access)

0:00:22.9:
The year and where I was born.
0:00:40.5:
How I am a Burgher.
0:00:53.3:
What it was like growing up in Ceylon.
0:01:04.7:
Travelling around with my father, a national forest officer.
0:01:28.0:
My favourite childhood places.
0:01:55.1:
My happy childhood memories in Kandy with 200 elephants and more.
0:03:17.7:
School life with the Irish Nuns.
0:05:36.4:
The truth about Batticaloa Burghers.
0:06:44.9:
Being born in the beautiful parts of the island and heritage.
0:08:10.5:
My father's background, education and career in forestry.
0:09:34.4:
How my parents met and our life during the troubles.
0:11:14.4:
Our journey to England on an Italian liner and first impressions of the country.
0:12:11.3:
First impressions of our first home in Ealing, London.
0:12:44.0:
The differences in social life between Ceylon and England.
0:13:42.3:
Why we came to England and not Australia.
0:14:12.4:
Our first few days in London during the coldest year in UK history.
0:15:19.6:
What I liked most about moving to England.
0:15:49.3:
My views on the Swinging 60s' and my escort.
0:16:54.3:
Music that reminds me of Ceylon.
0:17:51.4:
How Burghers differ from Londoners.
0:18:50.9:
The Burgher persona and what they did.
0:19:52.3:
How I feel about the land of my birth.
0:20:29.5:
Would I retire in Ceylon and what I love most about it.
0:21:27.0:
What I like most about living in London.
0:21:59.4:
What I do now that I've retired.
0:22:59.7:
What college days were like in Ceylon.
0:23:31.2:
The first time I met my husband.
0:25:01.5:
My husband - A foreigner learning and speaking Sinhalese.
0:25:44.0:
How I met my husband and his unintentional misuse of Sinhalese and the resulting poor first impression.
0:27:40.7:
Our family's love of Sri Lanka and how they maintain their roots.
0:29:23.4:
Why I wanted to participate in this project.
0:30:49.5:
Being taught by my aunt during my A levels and a comical driving stunt.
THE END