1910 - 2010
Ladies' College was founded by a young Irish woman named Lilian Nixon in 1900. She was just 26 years of age when she bravely sailed out to this far flung colony of the British Empire before the aeroplane was even thought of and with inspiration and belief in the importance of educating women. The School was first housed in a bungalow called "Fairfield House" at Union Place in Slave Island.
LC's story at Flower Road begins on the day that Lillian Nixon drove along this wide and beautiful road lined with Flamboyant trees. She spotted a house called "the Fernery" - the home of one of her pupils. The entire property was four acres in extent, the rear a re-claimed swamp." It came to her in a flash of insight that this was the very place for Ladies' College."
She lacked the funds for its acquisition, but knew her prayer of faith would be heard. Before long Trinity College agreed to loan the Rs. 60,000 needed to purchase the property. On May 17 1910 the School moved to where it is presently housed, Flower Road, now called Sir Ernest de Silva Mawatha.
The journey along "Flower Road"
"Now a hundred years later - a hundred years of phenomenal growth and substantial achievements in women's education - we look back with wonder and humility at the courage, the vision, and the faith that made it all possible"
We celebrate "One Hundred Years down Flower Road" with a WALK which will take place on Saturday July 31 at 2.p.m. All participants will assemble at Ladies' College by1.30pm. The walk will commence from the School entrance on Sir Ernest De Silva Mawatha (Flower Road), and will proceed along Cambridge Place to Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha (Albert Crescent, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha (Green Path) and end at Ladies' College. It will be in aid of the much needed Sports Complex and will fund the laying of the Foundation for this building.
The Students, Parents, Teachers and Old Girls will participate in the Walk. There will be floats in keeping with the theme, which will depict how successive Principals developed the LC space during their journey of faith. Vintage cars will be carrying our precious senior Old Girls. The Mini Fair in the school grounds will be a fun filled ending to our celebration Walk.
The journey along Flower Road continues… in faith!