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History Behind Street Names

Did you know that street names reflect our country’s socio-political changes? For example, roads named after famous people may tell us a bit more about its origin and history. It helps memoralise people and events. With this exhibit, you’re invited to take a walk around your neighbourhood and explore its street names. Who knows, you may discover something you never knew about your city!

Olcott Mawatha

Prior to February 1967, Olcott Mawatha was known as Norris Road.

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Keppetipola Road

Keppetipola Road was previously named Brownrigg Road, after Robert Brownrigg who in 1815 was the Governor of Ceylon.

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George R. De Silva Mawatha

George R. de Silva Mawatha in Colombo 12 was previous known as Skinner’s Road (north).

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Sri Sangaraja Mawatha

Skinners Road (south) in Maradana (Colombo 10) was renamed Sri Sangaraja Mawatha in the 1940’s.

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Bauddhaloka Mawatha

Bauddhaloka Mawatha was previously named Buller’s Road.

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E.L. Senanayake Veediya

Prior to the 2000s, Senanayake Veediya was known as Kotugodalla Veediya.

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Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha

Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha has been renamed thrice.

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