Pioneers & Legends of the Ceylon Plantation Industry
George Samuel Bird is considered to be the father of the Ceylon Planting Industry. He established the first Coffee plantation in Ceylon in 1824, in Sinnapitiya, Gampola. Bird also went on to establish coffee plantations in Kundasale and Pussellawa
Scotsman James Taylor started Sri Lanka’s first tea estate, 19 acre Loolecondera Estate, marking the birth of the tea industry in Ceylon.
The first Shipment of Ceylon Tea, a consignment of 23lb (10kg) arrived in London for trade
The first public Colombo Tea Auction was held at the premises of Somerville & Co. under the auspice of Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.
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