D. S. Goonesekera

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Hon.
D. S. Goonesekera
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Minister of Labour and Social Services
In office
28 May 1963 – 1964
Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike
Preceded by M. P. de Z. Sriwardene
Succeeded by M. H. Mohamed
Member of the Ceylon Parliament
for Habaraduwa
In office
1960–1964
Preceded by Prins Gunasekera
Member of the Ceylon Parliament
for Udugama
In office
1956–1960
Preceded by Neal de Alwis
In office
1947–1952
Succeeded by Neal de Alwis
Personal details
Born (1896-11-13)13 November 1896
Habaraduwa, British Ceylon
Died 7 August 1983(1983-08-07) (aged 86)
Nationality Sri Lankan
Political party Sri Lanka Freedom Party
Spouse(s) Nandawathie Victoria Wickremasinghe
Children Tilak
Alma mater Dharmika School, Katukurunda
Mahinda College, Galle
Occupation land surveyor, politician

Don Samuel Goonesekera (13 November 1896 – 7 August 1983) was a former politician and member of parliament.

Don Samuel Goonesekera was born 13 November 1896 in Habaraduwa, the only son of Don Marthelis Goonesekera and Dona Clare Abeygoonewardena. He received his primary education from the Dharmika School, Katukurunda, Habaraduwa and his secondary education at Mahinda College, Galle. He then worked as a land surveyor before entering into politics. In 1927 he became the chairman of the Kodagoda Village Council. In 1939 he was elected as a Councilor (representing the Main Street Ward) on the Galle Municipal Council and in 1944 was subsequently elected as Mayor of Galle. At the first parliament election in 1947 he contested the seat for the Udugama Electoral District, on behalf of the United National Party, becoming its first MP. In the subsequent parliamentary election in 1952 he lost the seat, after switching to the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. He was successful in regaining the seat at the 1956 parliamentary election.[1] In 1959 he was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Trade and Commerce by Prime Minister S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jayawardane, Ishara (17 July 2012). "A Politician and a Gentleman". Daily News. Retrieved 6 February 2017.