|Thomson executive council of Ceylon|
21st cabinet of British Ceylon
|Date formed||11 April 1931|
|Date dissolved||July 1931|
|People and organisations|
|Head of state||George V|
|Head of government||Graeme Thomson|
|No. of ministers||6|
|Total no. of ministers||7|
|Predecessor||Stanley executive council of Ceylon|
|Successor||First Board of Ministers of Ceylon|
The Thomson executive council was the 21st and last executive council of British Ceylon. The government was led by Governor Graeme Thomson. The Executive Council of Ceylon was replaced by the Board of Ministers of Ceylon in July 1931.
Ceylon was a British Crown colony between 1815 and 1948. Initially the area it covered did not include the Kingdom of Kandy, which was a protectorate from 1815, but from 1817 to 1948 the British possessions included the whole island of Ceylon, now the nation of Sri Lanka.
The Governor of Ceylon was the representative in Ceylon of the British Crown from 1795 to 1948. In this capacity, the governor was president of the Executive Council and Commander-in-Chief of the British Forces in Ceylon. The governor was the head of the British colonial administration in Ceylon, reporting to the Colonial Office.
Sir Graeme Thomson G.C.M.G. K.C.B. was a British civil servant in the Admiralty, who served as a colonial civil servant and then governor in several British colonies.
|Portrait||Member of Council||Office||Took office||Left office||Notes|
|Graeme Thomson||Governor||11 April 1931||July 1931|
|Bernard Henry Bourdillon||Colonial Secretary||11 April 1931||July 1931|
|Colonel Edward Bromfield Ferrers||Commander of the Ceylon Defence Force||11 April 1931||July 1931|
|Edward St. John Jackson||Attorney General||11 April 1931||July 1931|
|F. G. Morley|| Auditor General |
as Colonial Auditor
|11 April 1931||25 June 1931||Replaced by Oliver Ernest Goonetilleke|
|Oliver Ernest Goonetilleke||25 June 1931||July 1931|
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Stanley executive council of Ceylon
| Executive councils of Ceylonese |
| Succeeded by|
First Board of Ministers of Ceylon