• Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size
You are here About Us History

History

Ceylon was ceded to British in 1796. Sir Frederic North was proclaimed the Governor of Ceylon with the exception of the Kandyan Territory ruled by the king of Kandy, by a commission dated 06th March 1798. The famous Land Proclamation dated 3rd May 1800 desired abolition of common land holdings and envisaged individualization of land ownership and there by land surveys became a vital need.

Having explored whatever the existing mode of surveying of land in the island, the proclamation dated 2nd August 1800 was made, outlining the original functions of the Surveyor General by the Governor Sir Frederic North and as a consequence, the Survey Department was established.

Most of the Surveys carried out by Survey Department during first 50 years were confined to preparation of Title Plans for land sales. The establishment of control for surveys in the island commenced with the base measurements in 1857 for Principal Triangulation. By the end of 19th century, Survey Department was engaged on wider range of surveying functions including Block Surveys for land settlement, Topographic Surveys for Mapping, Application Surveys and Miscellaneous Surveys including Irrigation Surveys, Railway Surveys, Forest Surveys etc. and the increase of field cadre was very much significant.

Surveyor Generals since 1800

Period Name
1 1800-1805 J.Johnwil

2

1805-1811

J.Atkinson

3

1811-1833

G.Schneider

4

1833-1846

F.B.Norris

5

1846-1854

H.Chims

6

1855-1858

W.D.Gosset

7

1858-1865

Charles Sims

8

1866-1883

A.B.Eyers
9 1883-1893 P.C.H.Clarke
10 1894-1896 G.D.Mantell
11 1896-1904 F.H.Grinlinton
12 1904-1910 P.D.Warren
13 1910-1915 R.S.Templeton
14 1915-1923 W.C.S.Ingles
15 1923-1927 A.J.Wickwar
16 1927-1932 A.H.G.Dawson
17 1932-1937 G.K.Thornhill
18 1937-1943 L.G.O.Woodhouse
19 1943-1946 R.J.Johnston
20 1946-1951 I.F.Wilson
21 1951-1954 C.B.King
22 1954-1958 N.S.Perera (1st Sri Lankan Surveyor General)
23 1958-1961 V.Rasaretnam
24

1961

J.L.T.E.Dassenaike
25 1961-1965 S.Karthigesu
26 1965-1966 J.C.Chanmugam
27 1966-1967 F.H.Gunasekara
28 1967-1968 P.U.Ratnatunga
29 1968-1970 C.T.Goonawardana
30 1970-1971 C.Vanniasingham
31 1971-1973 R.A.Gunawardana
32

1973

A.M.Cumaraswamy
33 1973-1981 S.J.Munasinghe
34 1981-1989 S.D.F.C.Nanayakkara
35 1989-1991 S.T.Herath
36

1991

E.M.Perera
37 1991-1992 Dr. T.Somasekaram
38 1992-1993 S.Berugoda
39 1993-1996 N.C.Seneviratne
40

1996

M.P.Salgado
41 1996-2003 K.L.A.Ranasinghe Silva
42 2003-2004 P.A.Ariyaratne
43 2004-2009 B.J.P. Mendis
44

2009-2013

S.M.W.Fernando
45

2013-2014 (March)

K.Thavalingam
46

2014 (March) - 2014 (May)

N.Gunawardhana