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Re: Am I a Burgher?
Posted by: The International Ceylon Database (ID *****4990) Date: April 24, 2008 at 15:44:35
In Reply to: Re: Am I a Burgher? by Neville Davidson of 2355

Its interesting in terms of the Dutch that quite often reflections are made on the Boers of South Africa and it needs to be noted that this group of Dutch were trouble makers in Holland and kicked out. So no matter where they ended up they would have caused trouble. Its not a reflection of the Dutch in general, rather like many countries a small minority. I remember my Oma giving me a book about the Dutch in Australia (1980s) and it was staggering to know that then there was over 200,000 direct Dutch in Australia. In discussion with her it made sense as the Dutch were more about blending in and assimulating than creating Dutch Strongholds in new countries. Sure they celebrated their heritage however they equally embrassed their new countries. All countries have a past they might not be fully proud of, its whether they have learnt and embrassed change that becomes the measuring stick. With all i have learnt about Ceylon, i feel some sadness about where Sri Lanka stands today.

We should never forget, that yes the 'Dutch Burghers' had many achievements and things to be proud of with their important contributions to Ceylon and many other sub groups created their own contributions and achievements as well. At some point we all need to take forward the good so as not to focus on negatives and realise we are all as a people equal in both abilities and achievements to our actions now and in the future.

Genealogy is about knowing historically what happened as to why we are where we are today. Its about gathering together what our ancestors did, achieved and their makeup. The time has passed to point fingers, blame, focus nagatively or hold people responsible. As my father would say if you have a quarrel with someone, it should be said while they are alive and they can plead their point of view. Also hindsight is a wonderful thing but not much use to the dead.

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