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* Administrative Records of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) 
 
Records of the East India Company's administration of Ceylon, 1795 to 1802 under the Madras presidency are held at the British Library, India Office Records in series (PRO)IOR G / 11.

After 1798, the Colonial and Dominion Office records are held at the National Archives in the following record series:

  • (PRO)CO 54: Ceylon: Original Correspondence 1798-1949
  • (PRO)CO 337: Ceylon: Register Correspondence 1849-1948
  • (PRO)CO 488: Register of Out-letters 1872-1926
  • (PRO)CO 55: Ceylon: Entry Books 1794-1872
  • (PRO)CO 56: Ceylon: Acts 1835-1947
  • (PRO)CO 57: Ceylon: Sessional Papers 1831-1946
  • (PRO)DO 109: Ceylon: Sessional Papers 1947-65
  • (PRO)CO 58: Government Gazettes 1813-1946
  • (PRO)DO 104: Ceylon and Sri Lanka Government Gazettes 1947-75
  • (PRO)CO 59: Ceylon Miscellanea 1795-1945
  • (PRO)DO 111: Ceylon Miscellanea 1946-49
The Secretary of State in Britain received the Colonial Office correspondence from the governor and other bodies from Ceylon. These papers are mainly of an official and administrative nature. However, the original correspondence may include:

  • Public servant's application forms for employment
  • Salaries
  • Pension papers
  • Civil Service promotions
  • Indentured labourers from India to Ceylon
  • Reports on local tribes and leaders
  • Death sentences
  • Commuted cases
  • Singhalese visits to England
  • Local history
For example, proctor of Supreme Court, V. A. Harichandra's admission as solicitor in England, is in (PRO)CO 54/890 /1.


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