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 Post subject: Pigeon Express - Urgent news transfer from Galle to Colombo
 Post Posted: Sun Sep 24, 2006 3:00 pm 
Pigeon Express - Urgent news transfer from Galle to Colombo

LL/24Sep2006

On September 24, 1850, the Pigeon Express was successfully started from Galle to Colombo by the 'Observer' newspaper.

Renowned journalist H. A. J. Hulugalle describes the event thus: In 1850 Galle was still the chief port of call for ships from England. The English mail coach from Galle to Colombo took nine or ten hours. The delay in bringing the news induced the Observer to start a Pigeon Express for the most urgent news. It brought such items to Colombo in less than two hours, sometimes in three-quarters of an hour with favourable winds. A narrow open yard ran down the middle of the Baillie Street office where the pigeons were kept.

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Reading the news of the fall of Sebastapool being read after the Pigeon Post brought the news to Colombo.

The first news brought by the Pigeon Express was the announcement of the recall of the Governor, Lord Torrington. The news of the fall of Sebastapool and of the Battle of Inkerman too reached Colombo on a thin quill of paper tied to the leg of an Observer pigeon.


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