Thomas Skinner, C.M.G

Thomas Skinner, C.M.G

Major Thomas Skinner’s contribution to the plantation industry is as notable as any other. In an evolving enterprise that required multifaceted skills, Skinner was a great road-builder and surveyor, a vital cog in the success of the plantation industry. In particular, Skinner is credited with constructing the Colombo-Kandy highway. His career spanned 40-years and commenced under Governor Sir Edward Barnes. Skinner was appointed Surveyor General and Commissioner of Highways

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Historical Events

1867 – First Tea Estate in Sri Lanka was Born

1867 – First Tea Estate in Sri Lanka was Born

Scotsman James Taylor started Sri Lanka’s first tea estate, 19 acre Loolecondera Estate, marking the birth of the tea industry in Ceylon.

1873 – First Shipment of Ceylon Tea arrives in London

1873 – First Shipment of Ceylon Tea arrives in London

The first Shipment of Ceylon Tea, a consignment of 23lb (10kg) arrived in London for trade

1883 – First Public Tea Auction was Held in Colombo

1883 – First Public Tea Auction was Held in Colombo

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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