Jubilee Post : Commemorating Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria (නුගේගොඩ ජුබිලි කනුව)

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The British Crown assumed control of Sri Lanka following the conquest of the Kadyan kingdom in 1815. From that point until it attained independence in 1948, Sri Lanka remained a British colony. Queen Victoria, succeeding George III, George IV, and her uncle William IV, became the fourth monarch to preside over British Ceylon. Distinct from her predecessors and successors, Victoria’s influence was so significant that her 64-year reign is widely recognized as ‘the Victorian Era’ both in Britain and its colonies

The commemoration of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee occurred on 20 and 21 June 1887, marking the 50th anniversary of her accession on 20 June 1837. As the British Empire rejoiced in Victoria’s Golden Jubilee, Ceylon, a notable British stronghold, also celebrated the Queen’s milestone with grandeur and ceremonial splendour.

The Jubilee Post pillar was installed in 1837 in honour of Queen Victoria who visited the island. This post is approximately 1.2 m (3 ft 11 in) high and is fixed to a rectangular base, 52 cm (20 in) by 34 cm (13 in) and 26 cm (10 in) tall. The inscriptions are found on 5 sides of the post which are in English and Sinhalese. A carving of the crown has been at the top of the pillar but this part is currently not found today.

SIDE A
J. GARTH E. GARTH W. O. GARTH
R. O. GARTH O.EPHRAMS H.I. DANIEL

SIDE B
GOD
BLESS
QUEEN
VICTORIA
EMPRESS OF
INDIA

SIDE C
ඉන්දියා
දේශයේ
රාජාධි
රැජිණිය
ශ්‍රීමත්
වික්ටෝ
රියාභිධාන
මහා
රාජිනීන්ට
දෙවියන්
වහන්සේ
සෙත්
සලස්වා
දෙන
සේක්වා.

SIDE D
ඉන්දීය දේශයට
රාජධිරාජිනී
නෛකශ්‍රීන් විරාජමාන
වික්ටෝරියාහිධාන
මහා රාජිණිය
රජ පැමිණීමෙන්
පනස්වෙනි වර්ෂයෙ
පවත්වන ලද
මංගලෝත්සවය
සිහිපත් ක…
ශ්‍රී ශුඞ බෘෂ්ථ
වර්ෂ ප්‍රමාණයෙන්
එක්වා දහස්
අටසිය අසූ සත් වැන්නෙහි
පිහිටුවන ලදී

SIDE E
ERECTED
IN
COMMEREATION OF
THE JUBILEE
OF
HER MAJESTY
QUEEN VICTORIA
EMPRESS
OF
INDIA
1887

(Gamage, 2020)

The post was initially erected on the road verge but was subsequently relocated to the middle of the intersection. The monument disappeared in 2020 when the Mirihana intersection was expanded. After much public outcry, the post was re-erected at the centre of the junction where it stands today. The monument has been painted white by the Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte Municipal Council which maintains it.

This post was declared a protected archaeological monument on 8 July 2005.

References

  1. Manathunga, S.B. (2020) පෞරාණික ස්ථාන හා ස්මාරක : කොළඹ දිස්ත්‍රික්කය . 3rd edn. Colombo, Sri Lanka: Department of Archaeology.
  2. Gamage, D.P. (2020) Epigraphical Notes Nos 22-23. Colombo 7, Sri Lanka: Department of Archaeology.

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Map of the Jubilee Post

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Travelling Directions to the Jubilee Post

Route from Colombo to the Jubilee Post
Via :
Distance : 11 km
Travel time : 30 minutes
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