Planters Registry of the Ceylon Tea Industry Discover the Great Individuals behind the Success Story of Ceylon Tea
Sir Henry Alexander Wickham is considered to be the father of the modern global Rubber industry. In 1875, Wickham took 70,000 seeds from the rubber-bearing tree, Hevea brasiliensis, in the Santarém area of Brazil, to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, London. Seedlings were then shipped to tropical regions, such as Ceylon, which gave birth to the island’s famed rubber industry. Along with tea and coconut, rubber formed the bulwark of Ceylon’s plantation industry.
James Taylor, the supervisor of Loolecondera Estate plants the tea seedlings at his estate. The seedlings were provided by the nursery of the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens and were planted in just 19 acres.
As prospects of coffee began to look dull local planter Charles De Soysa started converting his plantations to tea. With the Ceylon Coffee Crash Soysa expanded his tea estates to include Guru Oya, Marigold, Hapugasmulle among others
Englishman Henry Randolph Trafford purchased the Poyston Estate and started the growth of coffee and Cinchona, later switching to tea in 1887