Ponnambalam Arunachalam

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The Honorable Sir

Ponnambalam Arunachalam
Member of the Executive Council and the Legislative Council of Ceylon
Personal details
BornSeptember 14, 1853
Died9 January 1924(1924-01-09) (aged 70)
NationalityCeylonese
Spouse(s)Swarnambal Namasivayam
RelationsSir Ponnambalam Ramanathan
ChildrenSir Arunachalam Mahadeva, Sivananthan Arunachalam and Arunachalam Ramanathan
Alma materChrist's College, Cambridge,
Royal College, Colombo
ProfessionCivil servant

Sir Ponnambalam Arunachchalam (14 September 1853 – 9 January 1924) was a Ceylonese statesman. He was a member of the Executive Council and the Legislative Council.

Early life[change | change source]

His father was Gate Mudaliyar Arunachalam Ponnambalam. His mother was Sellachchi Ammaiyar. He was the third son of their parents and the younger brother of Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan who was another famous Ceylon Tamil leader. He was educated at the Colombo Academy (Royal College Colombo), Colombo, and at Christ's College, Cambridge.

He married Swarnambal Namasivayam and had three sons, Sir Arunachalam Mahadeva, KCMG; Sivananthan Arunachalam and Arunachalam Ramanathan.

Career[change | change source]

He was one of the first Ceylonese to enter the Ceylon Civil Service in 1875. He was appointed General in 1887. He showed his positive work in all the positions he held. On his retirement from the Public Service in 1913, he was honored in recognition of his service to the country. He was also nominated by the Governor to a seat in the Executive Council.