Sir John Kotelawala shaking hands with officials on aerodrome, laying wreath at memorial.
Footage of people at work in Ceylon.
Good footage of the island of Ceylon.
Ceylon celebrating its independence.
Ceylon gains its Independence. The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester attend.
Ceylon attains Dominion status, Duke and Duchess of Gloucester attend the ceremony.
Unveiling statue of Senanayaka in Ceylon + inauguration of food and agricultural project.
The annual Esala Perhera Festival in Kandy, Sri Lanka.
Procession of Buddhists in Sri Lanka.
Thousands of pilgrims climbing Sri Pada to the holy shrine and carrying out a ritual on the path.
Students receive degrees at graduation ceremony in Ceylon.
Views of pilgrims to a mountain shrine in Sri Lanka.
Buddhist temples and ruins in Ceylon
200,000 people make pilgrimage celebrating 2,269 years of Buddhism on the island of Ceylon.
Celebratory parade for the 17th anniversary of Ceylon independence
Asian amateur boxing championship in Ceylon.
Military parade to celebrate 21st Independence of Ceylon.
Elephants decorated for procession, ceremonial kandyan dance being performed.
People in Ceylon spend time celebrating Buddha's Birthday at the Kelaniya Temple.
An elephant is used to carry stones and repair sea dyke in Negombo, Ceylon (Sri Lanka).
Buddhist Perahera festival held in Kandy, Ceylon.
Decorated elephants, masked dancers and drummers parade in Buddhist pageant.
Thousands attend religious festival in Ceylon. Variable light quality.
Elephants are used to move rocks as a road is built in Ceylon.
A train crash in Sri Lanka kills 26 and injures 130. The Acting Prime Minister takes a look.
A quirky item about a Ceylonese vicar who carves figures of animals and people from twigs.
Religious festival in Kandy, Ceylon (Sri Lanka).
Troops fighting malaria in Ceylon.
Wesak Celebrations for Buddha in Ceylon. Decorative illuminations, prayers and temples
Wesak Day celebration in Colombo, Ceylon (Sri Lanka).
Elephants are washed in holy water and decorated with gold and silk for religious procession.
Queen and Duke of Edinburgh receive loyal welcome when they visit Ceylon.
Ceylon celebrates 18th anniversary of its independence.
People riding bikes carrying tall Bo-trees and devil dancers.
A Tooth - a relic of Buddha - is carried in a procession through Kandy in Sri Lanka.
Ceylon pays last tribute to former Prime Minister
People in Sri Lanka take part in a parade as part of the Esala Festival.
George Beven, an exotically handsome Ceylonese artist, demonstrates finger-painting on rush mats.
People of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) celebrate Kataragama Hindu festival.
Queen and Prince Philip receive magnificent reception in Kandy.
Zagloul Pasha, Egyptian Nationalist Leader, is deported and exiled to Ceylon.