Forester Augustus Obeysekera

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Hon. Sir

Forester Augustus Obeysekera

2nd Speaker of the State Council
In office
11 December 1934 – 7 December 1935
Preceded byAlfred Francis Molamure
Succeeded byWaithilingam Duraiswamy
Personal details
NationalityCeylonese (Sri Lankan)
Alma materRoyal College, Colombo

Sir Forester Augustus Obeysekera[1] (7 August 1880 - 26 December 1961) was a prominent colonial era legislator from Ceylon. He was the Speaker of the State Council of Ceylon and a member of the Legislative Council of Ceylon.[2][3]

Born to Sir Solomon Christoffel Obeyesekere[4] a member of the Legislative Council, F A Obeysekera was educated at Royal College, Colombo, where he captained the cricket team at the Royal-Thomian.[5] He later studied at Cambridge University.[6]

He was elected a member of the Legislative Council in 1924 and retained his seat till the Legislative Council was dissolved and replaced by the State Council in 1931, when he was elected as deputy speaker. In 1934, he became Speaker when Sir Francis Molamure stepped down for personal reasons.

He married Anna Isabella Sykes and they had two children, Boykin and Ezlynne. Ezlynne married Ralph Deraniyagala, who became the Clerk of Parliament.