4 February 1998
Sri Lanka Independence Day celebrations held at Parliament House Darwin. Chief Minister Shane Stone and Minister Mick Palmer with Committee Members of the Sri Lanka Australia Friendship Association, an organisation committed to finding a way of providing a friendly network for new arrivals to Darwin, and to build links between Sri Lankans and local Territorians. Celebrations coincided with the visit of Sri Lankan Minister and his wife. Left to Right Don Tillakaratne, Ethel Samarasinghe, Charmaine Jayawardena (wife of Minister Kirielle), Sri Lanka Minister the Hon Kirielle, Percy Wijenayake, Sandy Kulatunga, Helen Toby, Mala Wijenayake, Chief Minister Shane Stone, Minister Mick Palmer, Soma Ranasinghe, Allison Worral andHonorary Sri Lankan Consul Sam Samarasinghe.