As I distinctly remember, when I was a kid during the early fifties/sixties,
my paternal grandma used to buy fish from door-to-door female fish bendors
who used to carry their fish in baskets atop their heads. We had a regular
fishmonger lady called "Martha Akka" (meaning "Sister Martha") who
visit our home daily with her load of fish and Grandma used to bargain with
her profusely much to the wonder and amazement of all of her little
grandchildren (about fifteen in all at that time) who used to flock round
her like bees during the "fishy" transactions.
Grandma used to bargain in SHILLINGS and not RUPEES then even though the
Rupee was the nations currency. It was automatically deduced that everyone
knew what a Shilling was worth. During that era THREE SHILLINGS was worth Rs
2.50 and hence we can deduce from this that the POUND was worth Rs 10. Most
of the times Grandma used to get her fish for THREE Shillings and thats how
the value of the Three Shillings still lingers in my mind. I was between 5
and 10 years old then (1953-1958).
Grandma suffered from acute Arthiritis from the time we knew her and was
bedridden for life. Hence the fishmonger lady had to come all the way into
her bedroom to sell her wares. We used to sit on Grandma's bed *(all 15 of
us, mind you) and watch the fish trading go on daily.
Those were the days......
From: "Glen Hodgins" <glen.hodgins(a)sympatico.ca>
Subject: [SRILANKA] Ceylonese Rupee - British Pound Post-War Exchange Rate
Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2004 11:18:57 -0500
As some list members know, I am currently working on a book outlining
Ceylonese military history. I am currently piecing together the story of
the large number of Ceylonese who joined the Royal Pioneer Corps to serve
with British forces in Malaya and Singapore circa 1947-50 -- ie., the
of the so-called "Malayan Emergency" against Chinese Communist insurgents.
To round-out my research, I need to find out the historic exchange rate
between the British pound sterling and the Ceylonese rupee for that period.
Luckily these were the days of (more-or-less) fixed exchanged rates, so I
don't have to worry too much about trying to average-out day-to-day
fluctuations. From previous research I know that the pre-WWII exchange rate
was about 10 Ceylonese rupees to the pound. I have also been able to
ascertain that the *Indian* rupee to British pound exchange rate during
period (ie., 1947-50) was fixed at about Rs13 to £1.00; (I point this out
because there was traditionally a link between the Ceylonese and Indian
rupee -- at least prior to and during WWII, which might have held true for
while after the war).
I was wondering if anybody -- either as part of their genealogical reseach,
or from their own memory of that time -- happens to know what the Ceylonese
rupee / British pound exchange rate was for the period in question, (ie.,
As always, grateful in advance for any assistance.
and a happy, healthy, and properous New Year to all list members! ;-)
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