Colombo Ceylon in 1921 during the time of Edward Harper – Father of Broadcasting of Sri Lanka

Edward Harper the Father of Broadcasting of Ceylon lived in Colombo from 1921-1931.

Edward Harper the Father of Broadcasting of Ceylon lived in Colombo from 1921-1931.

Her Majesty's Government has been asked to acknowledge the  huge contribution to world broadcasting made by Edward Harper at CHOGM 2013.

Her Majesty’s Government has been asked to acknowledge the huge contribution to world broadcasting made by Edward Harper at CHOGM 2013.

A call has gone out to Her Majesty’s Government to acknowledge the huge contribution to world broadcasting by a GREAT BRITON, Edward Harper who is known as the ‘Father of Broadcasting of Sri Lanka,’ when His Royal Highness, Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague arrive in Colombo to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting – CHOGM 2013 – from 10th-17th November 2013.

Edward Harper was Chief Engineer of the Ceylon Telegraph Office in Colombo from 1921 – 1931. During that time he lived in Colombo. He was the first person to carry out broadcasting experiments in Ceylon which lead to broadcasting services being inaugurated on the island – only 3 years after the inauguration of broadcasting services in Europe. Edward Harper also founded the Ceylon Wireless Club in 1921. He was an icon of broadcasting in South Asia – as a result of his early experiments – Radio Ceylon now the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation became a reality. There is a picture of Edward Harper hanging in the corridors of the SLBC in Colombo.

Here are some scenes from Colombo, Ceylon during the time of Edward Harper from 1921. It is interesting that in 1921 Vernon’s paternal grand uncle, Charles Edgar Corea who was the brother of Vernon’s Grandfather Dr. James Alfred Ernest Corea, was elected to the Legislative Council of Ceylon. We don’t know if Edward Harper met C.E.Corea who was a freedom fighter of Ceylon. C.E.Corea is regarded as a National Hero of Sri Lanka along with his brother Victor Corea. Charles Edgar Corea was President of the Ceylon National Congress in 1924 when Edward Harper was working at the Ceylon Telegraph Office.

Vernon Corea's grand uncle Charles Edgar Corea was elected to the Legislative Council of Ceylon in 1921 - the year Edward Harper took up his post as Chief Engineer of the Ceylon Telegraph Office in Colombo.

Vernon Corea’s grand uncle Charles Edgar Corea was elected to the Legislative Council of Ceylon in 1921 – the year Edward Harper took up his post as Chief Engineer of the Ceylon Telegraph Office in Colombo.

Edward Harper may well have travelled in Rickshaws in Colombo - this picture was taken in 1929.

Edward Harper may well have travelled in Rickshaws in Colombo – this picture was taken in 1929.

Lord Baden Powell founder of the worldwide Scout Movement visited Ceylon in 1921 when Edward Harper was in Colombo. The picture shows Lord Baden Powell in Kandy.

Lord Baden Powell founder of the worldwide Scout Movement visited Ceylon in 1921 when Edward Harper was in Colombo. The picture shows Lord Baden Powell in Kandy.

A Stamp from Ceylon from 1921 - Edward Harper would have certainly used these stamps.

A Stamp from Ceylon from 1921 – Edward Harper would have certainly used these stamps.

Edward Harper would have used these coins from Ceylon from 1921.

Edward Harper would have used these coins from Ceylon from 1921.

Edward Harper would certainly have visited Mount Lavinia Hotel and the beach - this picture was taken in 1921.

Edward Harper would certainly have visited Mount Lavinia Hotel and the beach – this picture was taken in 1921.

Edward Harper would have travelled down Galle  Road Colombo in Ceylon - this picture was taken in the 1900s.

Edward Harper would have travelled down Galle Road Colombo in Ceylon – this picture was taken in the 1900s.

Harper may have visited Bambalapitiya in Colombo - this photograph was taken in 1910.

Harper may have visited Bambalapitiya in Colombo – this photograph was taken in 1910.

Another scene from 1910 - a shop on the Kandy Road. Harper would have visited Kandy.

Another scene from 1910 – a shop on the Kandy Road. Harper would have visited Kandy.

Edward Harper would have gone past Union Place in Colombo - this photograph was taken in 1910.

Edward Harper would have gone past Union Place in Colombo – this photograph was taken in 1910.

Colombo, Ceylon in 1929.

Colombo, Ceylon in 1929.

A photograph from 1921 of young girls from Ceylon in traditional dress.

A photograph from 1921 of young girls from Ceylon in traditional dress.

York Street Colombo in 1920.  Edward Harper would have done some shopping here in 1921.

York Street Colombo in 1920. Edward Harper would have done some shopping here in 1921.

Here are some travel films of Ceylon taken by Edward J.Gallagher from 1927 – 1931. Edward Harper would still have been living and working in Colombo during this time. He returned to England in 1931.

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