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GOONETILLAKE, Alfred Ernest - Family #3005

Sir Oliver - A Man for All Seasons by Neville Weerasekera

Sir Oliver Ernest Goonetilleke GCMG., KCVO, KBE,KSTJ, DLL, BA.,

Sir Oliver Ernest Goonetilleke, is without doubt the most illustrious product of Wesley College. He was the only son of Mr. & Mrs. A.E.Goonetilleke, and one of eight children, born on October 20th ,1892 in Trincomalee. From humble beginnings he blazed a career to the highest position in the land, which can be described only in superlatives. His early education was at Wesley College at the time of the legendary Rev. Henry Highfield, and he was a brilliant student right from the start.

His school career ended with his receiving the Hill Medal, (which he won for a third time, a record unsurpassed to this day), Gogerly Scholarship and several other prizes. With regard to OEG's involvment in sports, one could quote Headmaster, Eric A Gunasekera's article in a Double Blue Magazine, " Few people will believe that OEG ever wielded the willow. As a matter of fact he captained a third eleven team against Royal College. Even in those early days, in the classroom and in the field of sports he showed signs of leadership, a brilliant mind, and great versatility.

He was also a smart Officer in the Ceylon Cadet Battalion." Sir Oliver's first appointment was as an Assistant Teacher at Wesley, but this was a short stint, as he then joined a Bank, and subsequently Government service. Here his extraordinary ability and intellect took him to the very top, as Auditor General . Prof. Ludowyk describes him as the " quickest witted Ceylonese of his generation, which earned him this high position", which in normal circumstances at the time would surely have gone to a British Civil Servant. During the Second World War, he functioned as Civil Defence Commissioner, and Food Commission, responsible for securing food supplies at a time of extreme scarcity. In 1944 he became the first Ceylonese Financial Secretary.In 1947 he left Govt service and was appointed Minister of Home Affairs and Leader of the Senate. In 1947 began one of the most exacting assignments of his career, that of negotiating with the Colonial Office the New Constitution of Ceylon, on behalf of D S Senanayake, the Prime Minister. It was a perfect partnership in which neither could have succeeded without the other. OEG a calm, quiet negotiator with an analytical mind who clearly saw what had to be achieved. It was indeed an arduous and complex task, which culminated in the draft Constitution, granting full Dominion status to Ceylon.

He spent many hours and days arguing line by line with Whitehall Officials the best terms he could get whilst keeping in close touch with his partner, D.S.Senanayake. The Soulbury Commission who were entrusted with the final negotiations visited Ceylon, and Sir Oliver handled this visit and the numerous contacts they wished to make at many locations. Sir Ivor Jennings in his book "The Constitution of Ceylon ", paid a handsome tribute to the services of DS Senanayake and Sir Oliver and makes the remark that if not for their efforts Ceylon would have remained a Crown Colony for a while longer. In fact he makes the remark "Well done OEG ".

At the time, SWRD Bandaranaike was becoming a force to reckon with, whilst he initially opposed the proposed Constitution, upon further scrutiny with Sir Oliver and DS he relented and in fact moved the motion in Parliament to adopt the new Constitution. It was indeed a worthy victory. He was appointed Minister of Home Affairs in the first Cabinet and the leader of the Senate in 1948, and in the same year was appointed as the First Ambassador to the Court of St James, London. Then there was the death of his dear friend DS Senanayake, and he returned home, and was in charge of the arrangements of a befitting funeral. At the end of this sad event it is reported he walked all the way home alone. In the new Dudley Senanayake cabinet he was once again appointed Minister of Home Affairs and upon the former's resignation.

Sir John Kotelawela the new Premier, appointed him as Minister of Finance in his Cabinet. At the Commonwealth Finance Ministers Conference in Canberra in 1954, the Ceylon Daily News headlined, "Fireworks are expected from Sir Oliver with his demand that the social advancement in Asia, must receive top priority and not await long term solutions." Dr. Evatt of Australia described him as one "of the five best brains in the Commonwealth." His participation at the conferences was highly valued as he had the capacity to iron out differences and reach a consensus on complex and controversial matters.

A noteworthy achievement in the time was the successful launching of a 5.0 million Loan in the London Financial markets to be used for the country's development. In 1954 budget he proposed a plan for attracting foreign investment to bring in capital and expertise. cardinal principles which reads like a recent BOI statement. Clearly these measures were ahead of its time and OEG's visionary plans did not come into full fruition. In 1954 in addition to being Minister of Finance, he was also appointed Minister in Attendance for the impending State visit of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

Again Sir Oliver took complete charge and meticulously made all the arrangements for what turned out to be a highly successful visit Additional honours followed and he was appointed was the First Ceylonese Governor General in 1954. To this high office he brought his great experience and talents, and caused successive Premiers to turn to him for counsel and advice, which he impartially and freely gave. The very first public engagement after his appointment as to visit his Alma Mater, Wesley College . It was fortuitous that the Principal at the time was Cedric Oorioff, a former CCS, steeped in the classical languages, as was Sir Oliver. His welcoming speech was full of Latin quotations.

Sir Oliver did not fail to recall with gratitude the education he received at Wesley, and that the bursaries and scholarships played a valued part. Sir Oliver maintained an abiding interest in Wesley and made Several contributions for its improvement. Despite his onerous duties he threw his heart and soul into the activities of the Old Boys' Union. He was its first President and always found time to attend committee meetings. He was the confidante of Principals, and befriended many an Old Boy and teacher, and was truly a friend of the school in good times and bad.

He did not hesitate to welcome into "Queens House" Old Boys for meetings, and even during the time he was away in England he remained as its President, at the unanimous request of the Old Boys. Another institution which engrossed Sir Oliver's attention and support was the Diocese of Colombo. He addressed himself to the task of securing funds which the Diocese needed. He satdown day afterday and signed scores of appeals to Church people, thereby obtaining the necessary funds by voluntary contributions and was also involved in the YMCA and was active in the forum.

In 1956 SWRD Bandaranaike became Premier but he retained OEG as Governor-General: However, the Opposition Left -wing group moved a motion to -reduce his emoluments, but SWRD responded with great dignity as follows. To quote "It is only fair on my part to state that H.E. the Governor General, Sir Oliver Goonetilleke has placed his knowledge, experience and Constitutional powers at the full disposal of the present Government, and as constitutionally proper has been most helpful, and given great assistance to many pressing problems. " The motion was defeated in Parliament. In May 1958 in Sir Oliver's words ," A cataract of looting and public killings ruined the fair name of Ceylon, and unasked I took over the task of saving Ceylon from the flames of racial conflict.

Commenting on this action Prof.. EFC Ludowyk said " His action was without constitutional precedent , and had he not taken action many more hundreds of lives would have been lost." According to Prof Ludowyk, Sir Oliver paid the penalty " for superior powers of mind, which cause a continual reproach in self esteem of small persons". Tarzie Vittachi, described him as "the most interesting Sri Lankan who had ever lived since the West came to Ceylon. " In 1962 came the end of is term as Governor General, in which high office he had spent 8 years. After 40 years of unbroken service to his country, at the age of 70 this loyal son of Lanka retired to England.

There his mind was active as ever, he became a member of Lloyds, and indulged in his favourite sport Racing. He traveled in the winter months, which included a visit to his life long friend Pandit Jawarhal Nehru. In the evening of his life, he returned to Sri Lanka and passed away on the 17th December, 1978, at the age of 86 years. A large and appreciative public erected a statue to honour his memory at Kanatte road roundabout. Yet his huge contributions in the service to Sri Lanka will remain an even more permanent memorial in the annals of this country, surpassing either marble or bronze.

Addendum

Sir O E Goonetilleke (1892 - 1978)
Public Servant and Race Horse Owner
Oliver Ernest Goonetilleke, son of A.E. Goonetilleke, was born in 1892. He had two daughters Sheila Sathanandan and Joyce Wijesinghe. He studied at Wesley College, in Colombo. He achieved a Bachelor of Arts Degree at London University in England. He was a teacher at Wesley College for a time and later worked as an Accountant at the Bank of Colombo, Manager of the Ceylon Daily News, Director of the YMCA and also held high office in the Diocese of the Anglican Church.Entry in to Public Service was when he was appointed as Assistant Railway Auditor. Under the Donoughmore Constitution he worked as Auditor General. He was appointed Civil Defence Conunissioner at the outbreak of the Second World War. He was vested with great authority in many fields of civil government. In the years immediately following the war, he played a major role in laying the political and economic foundation of the island. His negotiations with the British government enabled Ceylon to have a greater share in the prosperity of tea, miter and coconut industries. His action in imposing export duties brought the government considerable revenue. As Financial Secretary, under the Donoughmore Constitution, he gave his assistance to introducing the Soulbury Constitution and Independence. He was knighted.In Ceylon's first Cabinet he was appointed Home Minister. He was then made Ceylon's High Commissioner in London. In 1954 he became Ceylon9s Governor General. In retirement, he lived and worked in London, England.

His greatest interests were horses and racing them. His horses ran at Epsom and Ascot just outside London. The Ceylon Turf Club honoured him by calling one of the principal events of the Colombo August Race Meet the 'O.E.Goonetilleke Cup'.

H.A.J. Hulugalle has said: "Sir Oliver Goonetilleke reached eminence by a combination of mental ability, physical energy and a happy knack of being always there".

Sir Oliver Goonetilleke by Walter Wijenayaka

Sir Oliver Goonetilleke - first Ceylonese Governor-General

Sir Ivor Jennings, the then Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ceylon, in his book on the Constitution has stated if not for Messers D.S. Senanayake and Olver Goonetilleke Ceylon would have remained a Crown Colony for a larger period of time. We all know that Rt. Hon: D.S. Senanayake as the "Father of the Nation "who gained independence for Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) from the British Empire. It seems that all of us have forgotten the great person who was responsible for the birth of that independence. He is none other than Sir Oliver Ernest Goonetilleke who became the first Ceylonese Governor-General. The leading role played by Sir Oliver Goonetilleke is unique in the gaining of independence for Sri Lanka in crucial negotiations with the British officials. The trio D. S. Senanayake took office as the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Ministers of which the Chairman was the British Governor, when Sir Don Baron Jayatilleke took office as the Ambassador of Sri Lanka in New Delhi in December 1942. Sir Oliver Goonetilleke was the Commissioner of Civil Defence and the Control Room of the Civil Defence Department under Sir Oliver Goonetilleke served as the focal point in the independence movement. I must state here the name of Sir Ivor Jennings for his hearty assistance extended to the duo Messers Senanayake and Goonetilleke in constitutional matters. All these led to the British Rulers to issue the 1943 Declaration in order to grant entire responsible Government to this country in all the matters of civil administration. However, the trio Senanayake, Goonetilleke and Jennings feeling little satisfaction over this as they Considered it was far below their expectation triumvirate drafted a fresh Constitution for the country. This Draft Constitution which came to be known as "Ministers' Draft "was submitted to the British Government in February 1944. Commissioner It was at this juncture Sir Oliver Goonetilleke who was appointed the Commissioner of Food went to England to discuss an urgent Food supplies to this country. On his journey Mr. D.S. Senanayake wanted Sir Oliver Goonetilleke to do his utmost to iron out any differences between the British Government and the Ceylonese Ministers over the "Ministers' Draft". He was warmly received in London and he could discuss with the British Officials over all the matters in concern. Further he was directed to meet Lord Soulbury who has been assigned to lead a Commission to visit Sri Lanka to find out the views of the Ceylonese at lunch on the following day. At the luncheon Sir Oliver impressed Lord Soulbury. The latter asked the former "tell me Sir Oliver, in confidence, want is wrong with the "Ministers' Draft" Sir Oliver promptly responded "Nothing whatever is wrong with it." Sir Oliver who came back with much hope, the first task which he attended was to pacify the angry Mr. D.S. Senanayake and to advise on some important matters in good faith. As the advice of Sir Oliver, D.S. Senanayake met socially and unofficially the members of the Soulbury Commission which arrived in Sri Lanka on 22,12,1944. After the Report of the Commission was presented to the Secretary of State for Colonies Mr. Oliver Stanley in London, he invited Mr. D.S. Senanayake to London for discussions. At the time when Mr. D.S. Senanayake arrived in London the Government had been changed as a result of a General Election and Mr. Oliver Stanley had been succeeded by Mr. George Hall as the Secretary of State for Colonies. Mr. Senanayake presented him a fresh report. Mr. Senanayake had to return as a disappointed and a disgruntled person, as it was not accepted by the Secretary, and he continued his struggle for independence. Again Mr. Senanayake decided to reject a proposal made by the British Government to grant a Dominion Status to Sri Lanka. At this juncture, it was Sir Oliver Goonetilleke who intervened and explained to Mr. Senanayake that it was reasonable to accept what was granted and then fight for the rest in an atmosphere and goodwill. Further he persuaded Mr. Senanayake to present this proposal to the State Council. Since the proposal was accepted by the State Council, there had been a series of discussions in London for the purpose of deciding how it could be implemented. Sir Oliver who held the post of Financial Secretary by that time, represented Mr. D.S. Senanayake for these discussions. After the conclusion of discussions the first of the necessary orders of Council was enacted on 15.05.1946. In 1974 Sir Oliver had much arguments in London with Mr. Greech Jones who succeeded Mr. George Hall as the secretary of State for Colonies. After all Sir Oliver realised that he had the goodwill of the Secretary of State and the Colonial Staff. Finally in June 1947 the British Cabinet of Ministers decided to introduce the legislation necessary to confer independence to Sri Lanka. Victorious Sir Oliver came back victoriously with a draft for independence which referred to Sri Lanka the receiving of full responsibility the status with the British Commonwealth of Nations. 04.02.1948 was fixed the Independence day. The Duke of Gloucester representing the King, delivered the Throne Speech at the opening of Parliament on 10.02.1948. Although Sir Oliver was made to propose the Address of Thanks, he volunteered to give the opportunity to Mr. S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike who did his best which hailed as one of the most brilliant in his life time. One of who contributed to build-up of Sri Lanka during the post independence days Sir Oliver Ernest Goonetilleke was born on 20.10.1892 to Mr. Alfred Goonetilleke who held the post of Post Master in the Trincomalee Post Office and Mrs. Goonetilleke as the 5th child and the only one son of the family. A product of Wesley College, he firstly joined the staff therein in 1911. After a short spell of time, he resigned from the teaching profession and in 1921 he began to serve the Public Service as a Railway Auditor. From that position he stepped higher to become the Auditor General at the age of 38. He got a new appointment as the Chairman of the Salaries and Cadres Commission. He was appointed the First Civil Defence Commissioner. At that time the Japanese were surging forward South East Asia and an attack on Sri Lanka was expected at any moment. Further he became the first Sri Lankan and Sinhalese Finance Secretary of the Country. After Sri Lanka regained independence from British he resigned from the Government Service and Became the Minister of Home Affairs and Rural Development under the Premiership of Mr. D.S. Senanayake. He later resigned and was appointed the first High Commissioner of the United Kingdom. Again he returned and became the Leader of the Senate and the Minister of Food and Agriculture. On 17.07.1954 he succeeded Lord Soulbury as the Governor-General. He served in this post till march 1962. He passed away on 17.12.1978 peacefully with a full accomplishment in life at the age of 86. May he attain Nibbana. – 

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GOONETILLAKE, Alfred Ernest - Family #3005

Cornelis Perera (from E.W. Perera’s Kotte Clan) adopted the name Goonetilleke

 Books: Life and times of Sir Oliver Goonetilleke by Vernon H. Gunasekera             'O.E.G.': a biography of Sir Oliver Ernest Goonetilleke by Sir Charles Joseph Jeffries

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      3  Alfred Ernest Goonetilleke  (postmaster, but of intellectual ancestry) + Emily Jayasekera (from a family of successful headmasters, the last of who was Barton Jayesekera)            

             4  Oliver Ernest Goonetillake, Sir, GCMG., KCVO, KBE,KSTJ, DLL, BA., b:20-Oct-1892, d:17-Nov-1978, Governor Generalof Ceylon 1954-1962, + Esther Jayewardena (a Christian, and only daughter of a Kacheri Mudaliyar)

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RESEARCH done by: Anne-Marie Samarasinghe  

 

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 Gunathilake/Goonathilake/Gunethilake   ගුනතිලක

 

GOONETILLEKE  (De Silva Abeywickrama) - Family #

1.       Jan Philip de Silva Abeyewikreme  Goonetilleke Rajakaroene Mudaliyar

“Whereas Jan Philip de Silva two years ago did convey two elephants to Holland from his Illustrious Highness the Prince of Orange, during the voyage taking good care of the animals and did on his arrival there deliver them to his illustrious Highness in a manner well pleasing to him, for which his highness had bestowed on him the gift of a Gold medal, we therefore as a reward for his good service , considering his good qualities, and in terms of his petition, have deemed it desirable to appoint him, out of order, and over the heads of others, as we do appoint him  by these presents Modliar over two ranks of Chiandos Lascorins of the Colombo Gravets commanded by the two Muhandirams Simon Fernando and Don Pedro, with the title of Abeyewikreme Goonetilleke Rajikaroene, and all prerogatives and previleges which are attached to the Mudaliyar’s dignity, and for his fixed accomodesan we grant him  four amunams and five……sowing land [here follow a list of lands]   MARCH 3, 1772     [p. 6 ‘The Chieftains of Ceylon’ by Van Sanden]

             

                  3  Muhandiram Don Juan (?) de Silva Abeyawickreme Goonetilleke   +

                    4  Mudaliyar Don de Silva Abeyawickreme Goonetilleke  b.1820’s? +

                       5  Muhandiram  John Daniel Charles de Silva Abeyawickreme Goonetilleke b.1850’s? +

                     6 Charles William de Silva Abeyawickreme Goonetilleke  Mohotti; Mudaliyar Pasdun Korale West  b. 1881 1900 clerk, Land sales dept.  Colonial Secretary’s office, Kalutara Kachcheri and Colombo  Kachcheri. President Village Tribunals, Rayigam Korale. 1931 Mudaliyar Pasdun Korale [p. 28 ‘The Chieftains of Ceylon’ by Van Sanden]   Western Province

1  de Silva Goonetilleke

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RESEARCH done by: Anne-Marie Samarasinghe  

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GOONETILLEKE  - (De Silva Abeysiriwardena Seneviratne/Jayatilake Seneviratne)       

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The title “Nanayakara” is attached to this family which is derived from a Courtier of Raja Singha’s time who settled at Kitulampitiya in the Galle district

[p. 30 ‘The Chieftains of Ceylon’ by Van Sanden]

1  Simon de Silva Jayatilake Seneviratna Goonetilleke, Mudaliyar  1760

(Abeysiriwardena Seneviratna Goonetilleke  is his brother’s family). 

1   de Silva Abeyasiriwardana Seneviratna Goonetilleke

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               2  George Albert de Silva Abeysiriwardena Seneviratna Goonetilleke  Attapatu Mudaliyar, Galle and Mudaliyar of the Govenor’s gate (Gate Mudaliyar). He is the 3rd member of the family to hold the Attapatu Mudaliyarship of Galle. He is the g-g-g-g-g-g nephew of Simon de Silva Jayatilake Seneviratne Goonetilleke Mudaliyar 1760.

                Charles Edwin de Silva Abeysiriwardena Seneviratna Goonetilleke   Mudaliyar, Talpe Pattu, and Mohetti Mudaliyar of the Galle Atapattu.  Elder brother of George Albert).

               2   William Alexander de Silva Abeysiriwardena Seneviratna Goonetilleke  .  1931 Mudaliyar, Bentota-Wallawiti Korale. (Younger brother of  George Albert).   1927 Mudaliyar Magam Pattu.   Initiated colonization schemes and established Village Development \societies.         

                                       RESEARCH done by: Anne-Marie Samarasinghe  

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GOONETILLEKE  (Sabaragamuwaralage Peiris-Gate Mudaliyar) - Family #

1  Sabaragamuwaralage James Francis Peiris Goonetilleke Gate Mudaliyar, b. 1853.  Wellaboda Pattu, to whom the famous Joseph de Silva Atapattu Mudaliyar, Colombo was related by marriage.  +  Miss de Silva Wijesinhe (daughter of James de Silva Wijesinhe, Atapattu Mudaliyar Galle/ Gate Mudaliyar)

After holding several appointments in Kandy and Nuwara Eliya Kachcheries he was promoted President, Village Tribunals, Gangaboda Pattu and was later Mudaliyar Hinidum Pattu, Weligam Korale and Kandaboda Pattu. Played a large part in the suppression of the Ambalangoda Riots.

Book:  Chieftains of Ceylon by Van Sanden p. 83

           2  R.P. Goonetilleke, Muhandiram, Salpiti Korale  (p.51, 97 Chieftains..by Van Sanden)    

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GOONETILLEKE  (De Silva) - Family #

1  Manikku de Silva, Thombu holder under the Dutch

                 2  Isaac de Silva Goonetilleke,   Atapattu Mudaliyar Galle.

                     3  Simon Goonetilleke Proctor, Kalutara South.

[p.83 ‘The Chieftains of Ceylon’ by Van Sanden]

                                      RESEARCH done by: Anne-Marie Samarasinghe  

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GOONETILLEKE  Simon - Family #

1  Arthur Hector Goonetilleke, b. 1875 Proctor, Kalutara then in Panadure. Notary Public.  + Alice (3rd daughter of D.J. (Silva?) Wijesinghe of Colombo who was a landed proprietor and mine owner

[ p. 669 Twentieth Cent. Impr. ]

                                     RESEARCH done by: Anne-Marie Samarasinghe  

 

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GOONETILLEKE  A.H. - Family #

1   A.H. Goonetilleke, Mudaliyar, Gangawatte Korale and Kandy Gravets, And Chief Interpreter.  Central Province

[p. 28 ‘The Chieftains of Ceylon’ by Van Sanden]

                                     RESEARCH done by: Anne-Marie Samarasinghe  

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GOONETILLEKE  (Silva) - Family #

1  Moses Silva Goonetilleke, Mudaliyar,  Kandy Kachcheri, Central Province + Wijesinghe (brother?Mudaliyar Louis Wijesinghe a distinguished scholar, and translator of the Mahavansa).

[p. 96 ‘The Chieftains of Ceylon’ by Van Sanden]

             2  William Alfred G. Tilleke  (used the name Tilleke) b.1860 Municipal Councilor and a Magistrate in Kandy. Moved to Siam. Acting Attorney General of Siam, Lawyer,  

                  [ p. 566 ‘Twentieth Century Impressions of Siam by Arnold Wright]

                 2   Dr. F. Williams Goonetilleke  District Medical Officer. Residence Batnapura. (Book: Golden book of india).

1   William  Silva Goonetilleke   Lawyer. Linguist, being master of the French, German, Dutch, Italian, English, and several Asiatic languages.   Editor and Proprietor of the Orientalist. The Sinhalese rep in the Legislative council.   +              

 

 IS THIS A BROTHER OR COUSIN?

         

 1  E.B Goonetilleke, Gate Mudaliyar, Talpe Pattu  (his brother in law is Samuel Benedict de Silva Wijesinha……is Samuel his wife’s brother? Or is Samuel married to E.B.’s sister?         +    

 

IS THIS A SON,  BROTHER, COUSIN OR NEPHEW?

 

1  R.P.  Silva Goonetilleke   Muhandiram Salpiti Korale (g-son to Gate Mudaliyar Jame de Silva p.97 Van Sanden book).

[p. 46 ‘The Chieftains of Ceylon’ by Van Sanden]

       

 

                 RESEARCH done by: Anne-Marie Samarasinghe  

 

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GUNETILLEKE  (Perera Wijesinghe) - Family #

1  Don Hendrick Perera Wijesinghe Gunetilleke, Mudaliyar, Moruwa Korale and Cattoone .  Headman Attached to the late collector of Tangalle.

[p. 70 ‘The Chieftains of Ceylon’ by Van Sanden]

                              RESEARCH done by: Anne-Marie Samarasinghe  

 

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Samerenayke  (De Alwis Goenetilleke ) –

 See Family # 3137

1  Don Adrian De Alwis Goenetilleke Samerenayke, Mudaliyar, Salpity Korale.

 

 

[p. 63 ‘The Chieftains of Ceylon’ by Van Sanden]

                              RESEARCH done by: Anne-Marie Samarasinghe  

 

 

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Wijewardene (De Alwis Goenetilleke )

Family #

1  Don Abraham De Alwis Goenetilleke Wijewardene, Muhandiram, Pasdun Korale.

[p. 65 ‘The Chieftains of Ceylon’ by Van Sanden]

                              RESEARCH done by: Anne-Marie Samarasinghe  

 

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Wijesundere (Goenetilleke )

Family #

1  Don Cornelis Goenetilleke Wijesundere, 2nd Mudaliyar, Raygam Korale.

 

 

[p. 65 ‘The Chieftains of Ceylon’ by Van Sanden]

                              RESEARCH done by: Anne-Marie Samarasinghe  

 

 

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Goonetilleke  (De Alwis Abeysiriwardene/Amarasiriwardene ) –

Family #

1  Don Abraham De Alwis Abeysiriwardene Goonetilleke, Mudaliyar, and Assistant Interpreter of the Governor’s gate.

 

1  Don Andris De Alwis Amarasiriwardene Goonetilleke, Mudaliyar of the Governor’s gate, and Second Interpreter of the Supreme Court.

 

[p. 58 ‘The Chieftains of Ceylon’ by Van Sanden]

                              RESEARCH done by: Anne-Marie Samarasinghe  

 

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AMERESIRIWARDENE (De Silva Goonetilleke) . - Family #

1  Don Adrian De Silva Goonetilleke Ameresiriwardene, Mudaliyar, of the Bentotta District and Wallallawitty Korale.  Headman Attached to the late collector of Galle.

[p. 69 ‘The Chieftains of Ceylon’ by Van Sanden]

RESEARCH done by: Anne-Marie Samarasinghe  

 

 

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SENEWIRATNE (Perera Goonetilleke)  . - Family #

1  Don Bastian Perera Goonetilleke Senewiratne, Basnaike Muhandiram Govenor’s Gate

[p. 60 ‘The Chieftains of Ceylon’ by Van Sanden]

                                     RESEARCH done by: Anne-Marie Samarasinghe  

 

 

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GOONETILLAKE, Alfred Ernest - Family #3005

1  Cornelis Perera (from E.W. Perera’s Kotte Clan) adopted the name Goonetilleke

 Books: Life and times of Sir Oliver Goonetilleke by Vernon H. Gunasekera             'O.E.G.': a biography of Sir Oliver Ernest Goonetilleke by Sir Charles Joseph Jeffries

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      3  Alfred Ernest Goonetilleke  (postmaster, but of intellectual ancestry) + Emily Jayasekera (from a family of successful headmasters, the last of who was Barton Jayesekera)            

             4  Oliver Ernest Goonetilleke, Sir, b:20-Oct-1892, d:17-Nov-1978, Governor General of Ceylon 1954-1962 + Esther Jayewardena (a Christian, and only daughter of a Kacheri Mudaliyar)

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RESEARCH done by: Anne-Marie Samarasinghe  

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GOONETILLEKE (Perera Jayawardena) . - Family #

 1   Gabriel Perera Jayawardena Goonetilleke , Mudaliyar.  + Dona Regina Hamine (Daughter of Don Daniel De Alwis Goonetilleke Samarasinghe, and sister of Don Adrian De Alwis Goonetilleke Samaranayake. Family #3137). She also married Gabriel Perera J. Goonetilleke’s brother (in Polyandry?)

[p. 3 ‘Some Sinhalese Families – De Alwis volume’]

RESEARCH done by: Anne-Marie Samarasinghe  

 

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GOONETILLAKE (De Alwis Wijesiriwardene) . - Family # 3137?   [son of Gabriel ..above??]

1  Don Adrian De Silva Goonetilleke Ameresiriwardene, Mohandiram of the Bentotta District and Wallallawitty Korale.  Headman Attached to the late collector of Galle.

[p. 69 ‘The Chieftains of Ceylon’ by Van Sanden]

RESEARCH done by: Anne-Marie Samarasinghe  

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Panditha Gunatilaka (Perera Senaratna)  - Family #

1     G.H. Perera Senaratna Panditha Gunatilaka,  Muhandiram

        2.  William Perera Senaratna -

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 RESEARCH done by: Anne-Marie Samarasinghe  

 

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GOONETILLEKE  (de Silva) - Family #

1  Simon de Silva Goonetilleke Seneviratne of the Assistant Surveyor General’s office. + Anna, daughter of Siriwardene, Mudaliyar of Weligam Korale, Matara.

 

2     George de Silva Goonetilleke Seneviratne (known as George Silva) b.1869  Education: Wesley College He is grandson of John de Silva, Mohandiram of the Governor’s gate, great-grandson of Baron de Silva, Mohandiram of the Gov.’s gate, and great, great grandson of Simon de Silva, Maha Mudaliyar in 1759 who superintended the building of the Dutch Church at Wolfendahl (Wolvendaal ?).   (p.913 and 914  Twentieth Cen. Impressions). (Building of the Wolvendaal started in 1749 though???) .

 

 

 

 

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Golden book of India:

GUNATILAKA, A. Robert, Mudaliydr.
Created May 24, 1889. Residence:
Pasdun Korale.

GUNATILAKA, Charles, Mudaliydr.
Created May 24, 1889. Residence:
Wellaboda Pattu.

GUNATILAKE, Habaragomuwe Jaya-
sundarakoralalage Don Abraham
Charles, Mudaliydr ; b. November 1,
1849. Is son of the late Mudaliyar
Don Abraham Gunatilake; and de-
scended from the Gunatilake family
of Panadura in the Western Province.
Is President of Village Tribunals of
Bentota, and holds other offices in that
part of Ceylon. Residence : Bentota.

 

GUNETILLEKE Jayasundara, James
Francis Peiris, Mudaliydr ; b. March
22, 1855. Claims to be the lineal
descendant of the Jayasundara family
of Kandyan Chiefs of the ancient
" Walandure Walawwa " in the Pro-
vince of Sabaragamuwa, The first
settler in the Low Country of Ceylon,
about 200 hundred years ago, received
a grant of land and office from the
Government ; the family is known in
the Low Country by the name " Saba-
ragamueralala." Residence: Hakmana.

 

 

RESEARCH done by: Anne-Marie Samarasinghe  

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