History of Plantations

A searchable database of more than 4,000 estates containing planter and owner details

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History of Planters

Searchable records of more than 10,000 planters from pioneering days through to 1930 (updates to follow)

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History of Publications

A digital library comprising more than 300,000 pages of Ferguson’s Directories, Planters Association records, books, articles and newspaper archives

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Photos & Videos

A collection of historical and contemporary photographs, videos and video interviews

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"Not often is it that men have the heart, when their one great industry is withered, to rear up in a few years another as rich to take its place; and the tea fields of Ceylon are as true a monument to courage as is the lion of Waterloo." Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The 'History of Ceylon Tea' project is a tribute to those courageous men of whom Conan Doyle spoke, that the memory of their sacrifice and dedication in creating a great and life-giving industry shall not be dimmed with time. The Tea Industry of Ceylon, now called Sri Lanka, is the lifeblood of the country today, providing direct employment to over 500,000 people, and producing for the world a beverage that is healthy, refreshing and delicious. It is an imperative for the future of this industry that we shall not forget the past, and those that made history in creating our tea industry.

Chronology Of Ceylon Tea

A timeline of Sri Lanka’s plantation history commencing with the British Colonial period in 1796, against the timelines of the general history of Sri Lanka, and global events during the same period

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