|The Hon. Srikuradas Charles Shirley Corea|
|Speaker of the House of Representatives in the Parliament of Ceylon|
|Member of the Sri Lanka Parliament
|Former Deputy Speaker of the Parliament|
|Minister of Trade Commerce and Fisheries, Government of Ceylon|
|Born||March 7, 1906
Chilaw, Sri Lanka
|Died||March 5, 1974
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Shirley Corea was born in Chilaw. His father was the illustrious Sri Lankan freedom fighter Charles Edgar Corea who was elected President of the Ceylon National Congress in 1924. He was the nephew of another famed Sri Lankan freedom fighter, Victor Corea who was a founder member of the Ceylon National Congress. Shirley Corea grew up in this political world. His father and uncle founded the Chilaw Association and campaigned for independence from the British Raj. When Mahatma Gandhi, the 'Father of India' visited Ceylon in 1927, he travelled to Chilaw and was the Chief Guest at a banquet in a Corea home called 'Sigiriya.'  Shirley Corea met Mahatma Gandhi in 1927. He first won the parliamentary seat of Chilaw in 1952 and served as Deputy Speaker in the House of Representatives in the Parliament of Ceylon. Mr. Corea was elected Speaker on the death of Sir Albert Peries in 1967. Corea went on to enjoy a distinguished record as Speaker from 1967 - 1970. He was highly respected for being fair when it came to parliamentary debates in the chamber. During his tenure as Speaker, Shirley's Corea's official residence was the spacious 'Mumtaz Mahal' in Colombo.
Shirley Corea was educated at the premier educational institution, Royal College Colombo where he excelled in school debates and he served as Secretary of the Royal College Social Service League - he was a founder member. He joined the Ceylon Law College and passed out as a Proctor of the Supreme Court of Ceylon in 1932. He practised in Chilaw and extended his much sought legal carrier in Kuliyapitiya, Puttalam, Anuradhapura, Mannar, Vavuniya and Maho; once he was retained in a case to defend the late Mr. Eddie Jayamanne husband of the famous Sri Lankan actress, Rukmani Devi and personalities from the world of Sri Lankan cinema in a Madras Court, in India. Corea was a well known trial lawyer on the island of Sri Lanka.
Milton Weerasinghe, writing in the 'Island' newspaper in Sri Lanka, noted that 'his distinguished law career was disturbed in 1952 when the constituents of Chilaw made a request to him to contest the Chilaw Parliamentary Seat on the U.N.P. Ticket; Mr. Corea did win it and he was appointed the Parliamentary Secretary (Junior Minister) to late R.G. Senanayake, Minister of Trade Commerce and Fisheries, on Mr. Senanayake’s resignation, Mr. Corea was appointed the Minister of Trade Commerce and Fisheries by late Sir John Kotelawala, Prime Minister of Ceylon. Mr. Corea was re-elected to Chilaw seat in the House of Representatives in 1965 and appointed the Deputy Speaker and the Chairman of Committees in the Dudley Senanayake government and was elected Speaker in 1967.'
'The Island' newspaper observed: 'Mr. Corea has done many development work in his electorate; he always gave priority to Society and not for the particular individual, in Chilaw electorate Yoda-Ela Scheme in Karawita, Sengal-Oya Scheme; development of Karukupone and Udappuwa fishing villages; Transport Services; Education; Health are the few priorities he had. Chilaw Bauddha Mandiraya would not have been, if not for Mr. Corea’s afforts [sic], there were a lot of obstructions from Judges, lawyers and many others as this building is just adjacent to the District Court of Chilaw, but Mr. Corea was successful and laid the foundation by the late William Gopallawa, Governor General of Ceylon; for this act Dr. A. D. V. Premaratne; Messrs. Sirisena Weerasuriya, Sirisoma and N. M. Gnanalankara gave their utmost support to him to make this venture a success; it is also unforgetable [sic] the services he rendered to the Ananda College of Chilaw. Mr. Corea was also the Patron of Chilaw District Boy Scout Local Association and in many other social service organisations. ' 
He was the Chairman of Chilaw Puttalam Planters’ Association, Chilaw Negombo Rotary Club and many times, the President of Chilaw Sports Club, Commonwealth Association, a delegate to the World Peace Through the Rule of Law and President of Law Society of Ceylon. Mr. Corea was a very close associate of Asia Foundation representative in Sri Lanka Mr. James H. Nayes and obtained much assistance to his electorate. As a devoted Christian, Mr. Corea served as a Diocesan Council member, of the Church of Ceylon, for a long period.
Descendant of King Dominicus Corea (Edirille Rala)
Shirley Corea was a direct descendant of the legendary Sri Lankan warrior, King Dominicus Corea who was also known as Edirille Rala. Dominicus Corea was crowned King of Kotte and Sitawaka by the King of Kandy, Vimala Dharma Suriya in 1596. Corea was involved in pitch battles with the Portuguese Army who captured him and executed him in Colombo on 14 July 1596.
- Dominicus Corea
- Edirille Bandara
- Charles Edgar Corea
- List of political families in Sri Lanka
- Edirimanne Corea Family Union
- Church of Ceylon
- Mahatma Gandhi's visit to Chilaw, Sri Lanka
- House of Representatives of Ceylon
- Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka
- Handbook of the Parliament of Sri Lanka
- Great Sinhalese Men and Women of History - Edirille Bandara (Domingos Corea) By John M. Senaveratna, (1937)
- 20th century Impressions of Ceylon: Its History, People, Commerce, Industries and Resources By A.W. Wright, Asian Educational Services,India; New Ed edition (15 December 2007)
- "Chilaw to honour C. E. Victor S. Corea, Sunday Observer, Sri Lanka". Retrieved 2011-07-25.
- "Gandhi at Sigiriya - article in the Daily News, Sri Lanka". Retrieved 2011-07-25.
- "Shirley Corea - Speaker of the House of Representatives, Parliament of Sri Lanka". Retrieved 2011-07-27.
- "Shirley Corea - Speaker of the House of Representatives, lived in Mumtaz Mahal, Colombo - his official residence". Retrieved 2011-08-05.
- "Reference to Shirley Corea being a founder member and Secretary of the Social Service League at Royal College,Colombo". Retrieved 2011-07-27.
- "S. C. Shirley Corea - article in the Island Newspaper, Sri Lanka". Retrieved 2011-07-27.
- "References to the work done for the people of Chilaw by Shirley Corea MP in an article in the Island Newspaper, Sri Lanka". Retrieved 2011-07-27.
- "The Mahavama, the recorded chronicles of Sri Lankan history recalls the meeting between Commander Veediya Bandara of the Kandyan kingdom and King Dominicus Corea (Edirille Rala) reference in the Sunday Times, Sri Lanka". Retrieved 2011-07-25.
- "Reference to Edirille Rala becoming King of Kotte and King of Sitawaka". Retrieved 2011-07-27.
- Edirmanne Corea Family Union Facebook Page
- The ECFU Youth Club Facebook Page
- Reference to Shirley Corea as Speaker
- Shirley Corea Speaker of the Parliament of Ceylon
- Mahatma Ghandhi and the Corea Family of Chilaw
- References to Charles Edgar Corea, father of Shirley Corea in Twentieth Century Impressions of Ceylon by Arnold Wright
- The Family Gatherings of Sri Lankan Society By Dr. Mirando Obeysekere, Daily News, Sri Lanka