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 over a period of time. The reading rooms of the Sri Lanka National Archives contains leather bound volumes from approximately 1800. 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 – an 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.|
|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.|
|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 Registers of the Sri Lanka National Archives Department.