Central Telegraph Office, Colombo

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Central Telegraph Office
General information
Town or city Colombo
Country Sri Lanka
Completed 1910 or 1911

The Central Telegraph Office is a building in Colombo, Sri Lanka, that housed the Ceylon Telegraph Department, the precursor to Sri Lanka Telecom.[1] It is situated at Colombo fort along Duke Street, across from the headquarters of the Colombo Metropolitan Police; it was built in 1910 or 1911 and is used by Sri Lanka Telecom.

Radio Ceylon began its initial broadcasts from this building in 1923 with transmitting equipment from a captured World War I German U boat.[2] A bomb was detonated in the building in 1989 by the LTTE resulting in the deaths of 14 people and causing much damage to the building.[3] It underwent a restoration following this incident.

External links & References[edit]

  1. ^ Fazlulhaq, Nadia (8 September 2013). "This is to announce the death of the telegram. Stop". The Sunday Times. Sri Lanka. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Corea, Ivan (2007-01-09). "SLBC celebrates 40 years in broadcasting". Daily News. Sri Lanka. Archived from the original on 2012-10-17. Retrieved 2013-10-18. 
  3. ^ "Editorial, Daily News". Priu.gov.lk. 19 March 2001. Retrieved 2013-10-18.