Children, on Religion
In the British Colonial era, warships that docked at the Colombo Port had been in dire need of a facility to wash their linen as amenities to do the laundry were not available onboard. The Dhobi community residing in the vicinity of Beira Lake emerged to fill this need.
The Disappearing Dhobis
According to a washer-man in Polwatte- P. B. Fernando, in 1928 the laundry men and women had staged a protest – a Dhobi revolution of sorts – demanding cleaner premises to do the washing.