The Sri Lankan Group commenced broadcasting at Radio 4EB on Sri Lankan Independence Day – 4 February 1981 and the first committee members were:
Convenor ~ Kenneth F Harvie
Secretary ~ Chalani A Gunasekara
Treasurer ~ Vernon Fernando
Vice-convenor ~ Haritha Wijeratne
Other Committee Member ~ Maureen Staples
Sri Lanka, also sometimes called Ceylon, is an island nation in the Indian Ocean, located in Southern Asia, southeast of India, in a strategic location near major Indian Ocean sea lanes. It has a total area of 65,610 km², with 64,740 km² of land and 870 km² of water. Its coastline is 1,340 km long. Sri Lanka’s climate includes tropical monsoons: the northeast monsoon (December to March), and the southwest monsoon (June to October). Its terrain is mostly low, flat to rolling plain, with mountains in the south-central interior. The highest point is Pidurutalagala at 2,524.13 m. Natural resources include limestone, graphite, mineral sands, gems, phosphates, clay, hydropower.
Rama’s Bridge, a land connection to the Indian mainland that according to Hindu mythology was constructed during the rule of Rama, is now mostly submerged with only a chain of limestone shoals remaining above sea level. According to temple records this natural causeway was formerly complete, but was breached by a violent storm (probably a cyclone) in 1480.