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Henry Martin

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Henry Martin (1811- March 31,1861) was a pioneer educator and journalist in Jaffna. He was associated with Vattukottai seminary. He was a scholar in English and Tamil.

Birth and Education

Henry Martin was born on 1811 in Chundikuli, Jaffna. He completed his primary education at American Missionary school at Thellipazhai. Then he continued his education at Vattukottai Seminary.

Personal Life

Henry Martin worked in Vattukottai Seminary as a teacher. He was the first editor of Udhayatharagai (Morning Star) started in 1841. It was the first Tamil magazine in Sri Lanka as well as the first newspaper in Yazhpanam. He was the editor for the English division.

He left Vattukottai seminary in 1843 and joined a government job as a storekeeper. Also he served as a translator in judicial cases. He went to Chennai to buy a printing machine in 1861. He died soon after he got back from this trip.


Martin Jone H. Notes on Jaffna, Chronological, Historical, Biographical: Thellipazhai, Srilanka 1923 (Second edition Asian educational services, New Delhi 2003).

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