Whereas an association called and known as the Government Surveyors Association has heretofore been established for the purpose of carrying out and transacting all matters connected with the said association according to the rules agreed to by its members :

And whereas the said association has applied to be incorporated and it will be for the public advantage to grant such application for incorporation :

Be it therefore enacted by the Governor of Ceylon, with the advice and consent of the State Council
thereof, as follows:-

Ordinance Nos,
14 of 1939
[21st March
, 1939
Short title.

1 This Ordinance may be cited as the Government Surveyors’ Association Ordinance.


2. From and after the date of the commencement of this Ordinance, the members for the time being of the Government Surveyors’ Association (hereinafter referred to as ” the association “) and such and so many persons as shall after that date be admitted members of the corporation hereby constituted shall be and become a body corporate with perpetual succession under the name and style of ” The Government Surveyors* Association” (hereinafter referred to as ” the corporation “), and by that name may sue and be sued in all courts.

General objects.

3. The general objects for which the corporation as constituted are-

(a) to administer the benevolent fund created by the association;

(b) to promote thrift among its members;

(c) to give relief to all duly enrolled members of the benevolent fund in times of sickness, distress or pecuniary difficulties and to render such other assistance as may be found necessary in accordance with the rules of the association;

(d) to take such other measures as may be necessary for the purposes of the association.



(1) It shall be lawful for the corporation from time to time at any general meeting of the members and by a majority of votes to make rules for any of the following purposes :-

(a) the admission, withdrawal or expulsion of members;

(b) the powers, conduct, duties and functions of the various officers, agents and servants of the association;

(c) the procedure to be observed at meetings and in convening meetings and in the transaction of the business of the association;

(d) the administration and management of the property of the association;

(e) fixing the subscription payable by members, the collection of such subscription and the payment of moneys due to members;

(f) the imposition of penalties and forfeitures for breaches of the rules; and

(g) generally the management of the affairs and the accomplishment of the objects of the association.

(2) No rule made by the corporation shall have effect unless such rule has been approved by the Minister.

(3) All members of the corporation shall at all times be subject to the rules for the time being of the association.

Alteration of rules-

5. No rule made by the corporation at a general meeting shall be altered, amended or revoked except by a majority of members present and voting at any subsequent general meeting; and no such alteration, amendment or revocation shall have effect unless it has been approved by the Minister.

Power of corporation to hold property.

6. The corporation shall be able and capable in law to receive and to hold property, both movable and immovable, which may be vested in it by virtue of any purchase, grant, gift, testamentary disposition or otherwise; and all such property shall be held by the corporation for the purposes of this Ordinance and subject to the rules for the time being of the said corporation with full power (subject to any trust attaching to such property and to the law regulating such trusts) to sell, mortgage, lease, exchange or otherwise dispose of the same.

Vesting of property.

7. From and after the date of the commencement of this Ordinance all property of the association, both movable and immovable, whether held in the name of the association or in the name of any person or persons in trust for the association, shall be and is hereby vested in the corporation and such property together with all after-acquired property, both movable and immovable, and all subscriptions, donations, penalties, loans and other moneys received or to be received shall be held by the said corporation for the purposes of this Ordinance and subject to the rules for the time being of the association.

Seal of corporation,


(1) It shall be competent for the corporation to have and to use a seal and to change and alter its seal from time to time.

(2) The seal of the corporation shall not be affixed to any instrument whatsoever except in the presence of two of its members who shall sign their names on the instrument in token of their presence and such signing shall be independent of the signing of any person as a witness.

Saving of the right of the Crown.

9. Nothing in this Ordinance contained shall affect or be deemed to affect the rights of the Her Majesty the Queen, Her Heirs and Successors, or of any body politic or corporate, or of any other persons, except such as are mentioned in this Ordinance and those claiming by, from or under them.

Chapter 288, Volume No.10, Page No.365.