To the end, Larry Schokman’s life revolved around the plants.
For more than three decades, the horticulturalist and former tea planter brimmed with love for all green things and how to care for them. Read More
The first, and only unbeaten Wimbledon Singles Champion in its 136-year history was a coffee planter from Sri Lanka, then Ceylon.
Whilst the achievement itself has now been reduced to an obscure statistic, covered with the dust of history and totally overshadowed by more spectacular Wimbledon performances since the circumstances in which Read More
Born in Colombo on January 15, 1931, into a family who were pioneer settlers in the then salubrious suburb of Havelock Town, Tony received his education first at St. Peter’s College, and later at St. Joseph’s College Colombo. His father Wilfred Peries was already in the top echelons of Colombo’s corporate world of the 1950s Read More
With the plantation industry facing serious problems at present with even its very existence being in jeopardy, the General Committee of The Mascots, with their inherent love for the industry, decided to submit a report on the plantation industry then and now together with their suggestions on how the industry could be resurrected Read More
I took over Forres from 1957- 1961 after serving seven years as an SD on Pita Ratmalie, Haputale. During that time I had come to two conclusions about labour troubles: I. That a lot of petty troubles arose from the more intelligent labourers being bored and 2. that the old pre-war P Ds hadn't paid a lot of attention to Hindu culture. Read More
During my career as a Tea Planter, I spent ten years on Laxapana Group in Maskeliya- four years as an Assistant Superintendent on both Valamalai and St Andrews Divisions and six years as Manager, during the period 1961 to 1971.
Mr. C. W. Bond was the Manager of Laxapana when I moved over from Delta Estate in Pussellawa where he was the Visiting Agent Read More
The most productive and enjoyable days of my Planting Career both as working planter and as an administrator was in the Maskeliya / Upcot District initially from July 1975 to December 1979 and subsequently from mid-1997 to 2004.
My first stint was with my transfer as Assistant Superintendent to Moray Estate from Cecilton Estate in Balangoda Read More
During my time on Laxapana, I climbed Adam's Peak 14 times. During the season my house was full of guests, tourists whom I had picked up at Dalhousie. No, not the hippies and they did not smoke joint. They were young and attractive. There were some local starlets too. They were wined and dined and treated with respect. Read More