Clement-Jones family v2/21 - Person Sheet
Clement-Jones family v2/21 - Person Sheet
NameGeorge Edmond DE SILVA, 14942
1Agnes NELL, 15291
 “Sunny” , 14945
 Anil , 14946
 Minette , 14947 (1918-1998)
Notes for George Edmond DE SILVA
George Edmund de Silva (1879 - 1950) was a Sri Lankan lawyer and politician. He was the first Cabinet Minister of Industries, Industrial Research and Fisheries in independent Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) (1947–1948), a Member of Parliament & State Council.[1]

He started his career as a journalist in the Ceylon Independent and in The Times of Ceylon. Later he entered the Ceylon Law College and started a successful practice in Kandy.

In 1915 de Silva braved mine and submarine-infested seas (as well as the Police) along with E. W. Perera to carry a secret Memorial initiated and drafted by Sir James Peiris to the Secretary of State for the Colonies, pleading for the repeal of martial law and vindication of the reputations of those who had been falsely accused during the riots of 1915.

De Silva entered politics after he was elected to the Kandy Municipal Council in 1930. Later in 1931 he was elected to the State Council from the Central Province. Having being reelected, he was appointed Minister of Health. In 1943 he was elected the President of the Ceylon National Congress. After Ceylon gained independence, de Silva was appointed to the D. S. Senanayake's cabinet as the first Minister for Industries and Fisheries.

He is the father of, Fredrick de Silva, MBE who was the Mayor of Kandy, Member of Parliament and Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in France. His grandson is The Rt Hon Sir Desmond de Silva, former United Nations Chief War Crimes Prosecutor in Sierra Leone. Sir Desmond was married to HRH Princess Katarina of Yugoslavia.
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