Henry Bird – Kandy Monument

A completely stripped monument to Henry Byrde (1837-1907). 

With a military background, serving in the Crimea and later as Commandant of the Ceylon Light Infantry, Byrde went into business in Kandy and in 1873 was appointed the secretary of the municipal council, as well as superintendent of works.  He served in those capacities until his death.  “He was a good amateur actor, had a great knowledge of trees and tree-planting, and was a walking dictionary of information about Kandy, of which he was the oldest European resident….”  Survey of Sri Lanka maps incorrectly identify this as the Gyrde memorial. 

(Ed. this item found at www.greatmirror.com – ‘Sri Lanka, Colonist Life Chapter’)


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