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 period
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 that
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 a
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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