I am new to the list and very uninformed in regards to genealogy in Ceylon.
I recently received information that my husband's gggrandfather, Robert WHITTLE,and mother, Isabel, were in Ceylon in the early to mid 1860's.
As the story goes they married in England, date unknown, and left soon after for Ceylon as they had received word that there was work there that was the type of work Robert had interest in.They arrived in Ceylon and took rooms at a hotel and were there for an unknown period of time.Then after a scare with a very large snake theydecided to go elsewhere.They ended up in Charleston, New Zealand just as it was beginning to boom because of the gold find and there Isabel gave birth to Walter Elsley WHITTLE in 1868.They went there because of the mining.
Can anyone tell me, might there be any records in Ceylon, or from ships or whatever that may give us information regarding this couple.Any ideas on what line of work may have drawn them to Ceylon at this time?
Also, what would have been the typical route to Ceylon from England in the 1860's?
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.I look forward to hearing from you.