The Ceylon Civil List

This series of publications provide valuable information on the ancestors who worked on the Ceylon Civil Service. These extracts have been compiled from the bound volumes found at the Sri Lanka Archives.


The Ceylon Civil List is a great source of information about ones ancestors who served in the administrative services of the colonial government. The list was compiled and published by the Department of xxxx over a period of time. The reading rooms of the Sri Lanka National Archives contains leather bound volumes from approximately 18xx to 19xx. The contents of the books vary from the early editions which contain mostly European names to the ones of the later periods which give information on the careers of the local people who made the grades in the Civil Service.

The following are extracts from various registers and is not a complete and comprehensive list. However every effort will be made to update the information as and when information is available.

Ceylon Civil List – 1901:

        L. de Fonseka, Mudaliyar, Kalutara. Justice of the Peace.

Ceylon Civil List – 1904:

        S. R. de Fonseka, Colombo. Unofficial Police Magistrate.

Ceylon Civil List – 1922:

        E. C. de Fonseka, M. B. E., Colombo. Member of the Colombo Port Commission.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ceylon Civil List – 1930:

           Ernest Oliver de Fonseka, Asst. Superintendent of Surveys.
            
Ernest Oliver de Fonseka M. S. E.
                            Born 7th January 1877
                            Assistant Superintendent of Surveys  ( Pounds 810 as at 1.1.1925)

 April 1837     Supernumerary Surveyor.
January 1900     Passed the Departmental Junior Examination.
April 1907     3rd Grade Surveyor.
April 1912     2nd Grade Surveyor.
September 1912     Passed the Departmental Senior Examination.
November 1912     Assistant Superintendent of Surveys.
May 1920     Senior Assistant Superintendent of Surveys.
February 1929     Acting Superintendent of Surveys.
 to September 1929     Acting Superintendent of Surveys.

                          Details from the Ceylon Civil List 1930, Page 197.


            Duncan Constantine de Fonseka, Medical officer of Health.
                             
Duncan Constantine de Fonseka. L. M. S. (Ceylon), L. R. C. P. Lon., M. R. C. S. Eng., D. T. M and H Cambridge, D. P. H Cambridge.
                            Born 21st September 1889
                            Medical Officer of Health 

 April 1815     House Officer, General Hospital.
August 1915     Asst. Medical Officer, Anchylostomiasis Campaign.
May 1916     Asst. Medical Officer, Lunatic Asylum.
March 1920     Sanitary Officer, Railway Sanitation.
Jun – Nov 1922     On commuted half pay.
November 1922     Resumed Duties.
September 1923     Medical Officer of Health, Central Province.
May 1925     Medical Officer of Health, Western Province (B), Col.
July 1926     Medical Officer of Health, Western Province (B), Col.

                         Details from the Ceylon Civil List 1930, Page 341.

Ceylon Civil List – 1948:

           Donald Terrance Emmanuel Andrado de Fonseka.
                          
Donald Terrence Emmanuel Andrado de Fonseka   B. Sc. (Special) Lond.
                         Born 6th September 1919 

 January 1945     Appointed by the Governor.
January 1945     Attached to the Hambantota Kachcheri.
June 1946     Attached to the Kalutara Kachcheri.
March 1947     .Attached to the Jaffna Kachcheri.
April 1947     Passed 1st Exam under regulations 13.01.1947.
January 1947     Officer of Class II.
July 1947     Assistant Settlement Officer.

Jan 1945 – Jan 1948

    Mr. de Fonseka was a Graduate Instructor 
     Probationer, Department of Agriculture.

 

 

                       

Details from the Ceylon Civil List 1948, Page 42.

            Chandrakirti de Fonseka.
                        
Chandrakirti de Fonseka B. A. (Hons.) Lond.
                       Born 13th February 1921 

 January 1945     Appointed by the Governor.
January 1945     Attached to the Jaffna Kachcheri.
January 1946     Passed 1st Exam under regulations 13.01.1932.
September 1946     Personal Secretary to the Ceylon Government
    Representative in India.
January 1947     Officer Class II.
   

 

                      

Details from the Ceylon Civil List 1948, Page 44.

             Patrick John de Fonseka.
                           
Patrick John de Fonseka L. M. S. Ceylon.
                         Born 17th March 1912  

 January 1941     Acting District Medical Officer, Kolonna.
November 1941     Acting District Medical Officer, Dompe.
January 1944     Acting House Officer, Kandy.
July 1944     Acting Medical Officer, Leprosy Hospital, Hendala.
October 1944     Medical Officer Grade II.
January 1945     District Medical Assistant, Dandegamuwa.
April 1945     Acting House Officer, Leprosy Hospital.

June 1945

    Acting House Officer, Branch Hospital, Angoda.
July 1945     Medical Officer, Leprosy Hospital.
April 1946     District Medical Officer, Medagama,
August 1946     Additional Medical Officer, M. R. I., Colombo.

October 1946

    Medical Officer, Leprosy Hospital, Hendala.
   

                        

Details from the Ceylon Civil List 1948, Page 226.

Ceylon Civil List – 1949:

            Solomon Patrick de Fonseka.
             
Solomon Patrick de Fonseka MBBS Ceylon.
                         Born 13th December 1918  

 May 1948     Appointed Medical Officer of Health, Prelim Grade.
May 1948     Medical Officer of Health, Urugala.
   

                         Details from the Ceylon Civil List 1949.

 


Details from the Ceylon Civil List Registers of the Sri Lanka National Archives Department.