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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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Latest updates

Norwood Estate Factory Rebuild

Norwood Estate Factory Rebuild

30.09.2020
Drinking to your health

Drinking to your health

30.09.2020
The Largest Tea Bush – Pitaratmalie Estate, circa 1962

The Largest Tea Bush – Pitaratmalie Estate, circa 1962

28.09.2020
Scotts, Murrays & Polkes

Scotts, Murrays & Polkes

30.08.2020
Beyond Borders

Beyond Borders

25.08.2020
Boston Tea Party

Boston Tea Party

20.08.2020
The First Tea Roller

The First Tea Roller

31.07.2020
From the private family collection of Thomas and Lorna Jackson

From the private family collection of Thomas and Lorna Jackson

30.07.2020
Relationship between Environmental Covariates and Ceylon Tea Cultivation in Sri Lanka

Relationship between Environmental Covariates and Ceylon Tea Cultivation in Sri Lanka

29.07.2020
Kiruwanaganga Estate

Kiruwanaganga Estate

31.07.2020
Henakanda Estate

Henakanda Estate

31.07.2020
Dunkeld Estate 2013

Dunkeld Estate 2013

31.07.2020
Deviturai Estate

Deviturai Estate

31.07.2020

Section Quick Links

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

07.10.20
Media Articles

Media Articles

06.10.20
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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