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Tintagel opens its doors

A home built for Dr. Lucian de Zilwa. Construction of the house began in November 1929 and completed in 1930 by Architect Mr. Homi Billimoria (who had all the blue prints done to De Zilwa's design).

In 1930 the coming of age of the De Zilwa's second daughter Dorothy Heloise and the house warming were celebrated simultaneously.

In 1932 the French Society had their soiree with a lecture delivered by De Zilwa with lantern slides.

In 1938 the youngest daughter Laurette was married at Tintagel.

On 1st May 1942 - De Zilwa was given 8 days to vacate Tintagel by the British Military - they reckoned to house a hundred soldiers. Incidentally on the 8th of May the Birthday of the oldest daughter Dora Madeleine, his champion racehorse 'Reaction' died of food poisoning by eating a poisonous plant and a stray dog killed and partly ate his peacock!

After Military occupation, Tintagel was a 'pitiful wreck' De Zilwa was disheartened and decided to sell it to Sir Solomon Dias Bandaranaike below cost for Rs. 160,000 as a residence for his son Solomon West Ridgeway and his family who were renting the home of Lionel Wendt 'Wentworth' on Guildford Crescent, Colombo 7.

In February 1949 the only son Anura of the Bandaranaikes was born at Tintagel. From then on Tintagel became the place from which Ceylon's political history was decided and in which most significant radical changes were made. S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike became Prime Minister in 1956 and he was shot on the Verandah of Tintagel in 1959 and he succumbed to his injuries in hospital.

In 1960 his widow Sirimavo became the World's first woman Prime Minister. Mrs. Bandaranaike won several elections and became Prime Minister once again in 1970 and 1994 thereby becoming the longest serving Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. Mrs. Bandaranaike passed away in the year 2000.

In 1983 Anura Bandaranaike became Leader of the Opposition, Speaker of the House of Parliament in 2000 and a Minister of several Ministries of Government todate.

From 1993 Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge progressively became a Chief Minister, Prime Minister and then Sri Lanka's first woman President in 1994.

In 2005 Tintagel the family home of the Bandaranaikes was leased to Udayshanth Fernando by the family to be Paradise Road Tintagel Colombo an unique private hotel.

 

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