Peter de Abrew, son of William de Abrew, was born on 2 April 1863 in Colombo.He was educated at the Colombo Academy, (now the Royal College), and joined his father in business, with whom he had his commercial training. He then started in business on his own account as a produce merchant, and in 1904 was appointed to the office of Assistant Commissioner at the St Louis Exposition, USA, of 1904, for the purpose of especially looking after the development of commerce. Her returned to Ceylon in 1905 and joined the firm of Messrs Volkart Bros.He is a member of the Royal Asiatic Society, Fellow of the Imperial Institute, manager and one of the trustees of the Musaeus School for Buddhist girls, and secretary of the Ceylon Social Reform Society. Mr de Abrew has travelled much, having visited Europe in 1894 and in 1903, when he toured Italy, Austria, and Germany. His private residence is in McCarthy Place, Cinnamon Gardens. --------------- There is a nice portrait of him as well, and possibly his residence (named "St James"?).