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

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HOCT Christmas Party 2018

HOCT Christmas Party 2018

13.12.2018
Tea Plantations of South Ceylon

Tea Plantations of South Ceylon

30.11.2018
Kalutara and its Pioneer Rubber Planters

Kalutara and its Pioneer Rubber Planters

30.11.2018
The Mascots - President’s Review Annual General Meeting

The Mascots - President’s Review Annual General Meeting

10.11.18
Ratnapura Club Members in WWI

Ratnapura Club Members in WWI

15.11.18
Wickrema de Alwis

Wickrema de Alwis

22.10.18
Wickrema de Alwis

Gentleman Planter Par Excellence

22.10.18
Tea Roller from Pooprassie

Tea Roller from Pooprassie

11.10.18
The Merry Men of Uva

The Merry Men of Uva

6.9.18
Nuwara Eliya by Rail

Nuwara Eliya by Rail

22.8.18
Memoirs of Tissa Atapattu

Memoirs of Tissa Atapattu

18.8.18
Bracegirdle as a David taking on the British Plantation Goliath

Bracegirdle as a David taking on the British Plantation Goliath

7.8.18
Planters Association Centenary Report

Planters Association Centenary Report

5.8.18

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OTHER PUBLICATIONS

OTHER PUBLICATIONS

08.08.18
Newspaper Archive

Newspaper Archive

10.08.18
Article Extracts

Article Extracts

06.12.18
Tea Features

Tea Features

10.11.18
Media Articles

Media Articles

06.12.18
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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