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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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History of Plantations

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

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Photos & Videos

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

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Scott Dirckze

Scott Dirckze - An Appreciation

05.12.2019
Bernard VanCuylenberg

Bernard VanCuylenberg - Murder at Midnight

25.11.2019
 Sepala Ilangakoon

Sepala Ilangakoon - My Memoirs of the Plantations of Ceylon

22.11.2019
 Scott Anderson

Scott Anderson - 4 Food Pairings to go with Ceylon Tea

15.11.2019
Lambert Perera

Lambert Perera - The Gardener of Eden

20.11.2019
Gamini Salgado

Gamini Salgado - A Plantation Icon

31.10.2019
Michael De Zoysa - my friend, boss and mentor

Michael De Zoysa - my friend, boss and mentor

28.10.2019
Michael de Zoysa - A Tribute

Michael de Zoysa - A Tribute

15.10.2019
Navaratne Pilapitiya - The last scion in the emergence of the low country smallholder tea industry

Navaratne Pilapitiya - The last scion in the emergence of the low country smallholder tea industry

24.09.2019
Scottish Tea & Lands Company Limited 1962-1972

Scottish Tea & Lands Company Limited 1962-1972

27.08.2019
Colombo Tramways

Colombo Tramways

23.08.2019

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OTHER PUBLICATIONS

OTHER PUBLICATIONS

08.08.18
Newspaper Archive

Newspaper Archive

26.08.19
Article Extracts

Article Extracts

28.01.19
Tea Features

Tea Features

10.12.19
Media Articles

Media Articles

04.12.19
Videos

Videos

02.05.18

"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

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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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