I have with me a copy of the autobiography of Dr. Lucian De Zilwa a reputed Physician and Surgeon. The following extracts would be of interest:
1."Tintagel" was built by Dr. Lucian De Zilwa (LDZ) who occupied it in 1930.
2.On 1 May 1942, the Military commissioned "Tintagel" to house soldiers (after the Jap Raid).
3.On 8 May 1942, LDZ left "Tintagel".
3.1. "Tintagel" after its occupation by the military was a pitiful wreck:
3.2. The lawn, flower garden and the tennis court were ploughed by lorries;
3.3. Teak blocks of the parquet floor were displaced; and,
3.4. Many of the beautiful lamp shades were broken.
4.LDZ could have received financial compensation after the war, but he could not undertake the work of restoration.
5.LDZ sold “Tintagel” to Sir Solomon Dias Bandaranaike for Rs. 160,000 about Rs. 90,000 less the cost.
6.It is inferred that Sir Solomon was the beneficiary of financial compensation for war reparation.
LDZ could possibly be a forbear in my maternal family tree, a relationship that I have yet to trace to Martinus De Zilva (m Valentina Tisler) my G-G-Grandparents through maternal lineage.
4 March 2007
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