Historic cemetery in neglected state

By Shelton Hettiarachchi

Nuwara Eliya: Residents and even visitors to this salubrious hill town are not at all happy about the present state of affairs as the authorities have neglected to maintain places of historical interest. One place that has been neglected is the cemetery where many of the residents who died - mainly Englishmen - are buried.

Only a few memorial stones left tell of past history. One memorial stone left is that of Thomas William Rogers who is credited with killing around 1,500 elephants during his lifetime here. It is said that nature took its revenge when he died after being struck by lightning. Veteran residents say that lightning continues to strike his grave at least once a year.

It is important that these memorial stones be preserved for posterity. The neglect of this cemetery has to be undone if this town is to draw more visitors who are also interested in its past history.

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