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– James Taylor becomes the First Tea Planter

1867– James Taylor becomes the First Tea Planter

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.

1870 - Sir Charles De Soysa adopts tea plantation

1870 - Sir Charles De Soysa adopts tea plantation

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

1880 - Henry Randolph Trafford arrives in Sri Lanka and purchases Poyston Estate

1880 - Henry Randolph Trafford arrives in Sri Lanka and purchases Poyston Estate

Englishman Henry Randolph Trafford purchased the Poyston Estate and started the growth of coffee and Cinchona, later switching to tea in 1887

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