Members of the Ceylon Society of Australia who may have known or worked with Britishers who were in charge of commercial companies, and estates, would possibly have wondered about their lives after returning “home”. Read More
The bestowing of legendary acclaim upon a personage is usually in acknowledgement of their accomplishment in a specific discipline, profession or skill. In some instances, individuals that have achieved transformational success through their association with an institution, a just-cause, or even a pressure group, have been included in the narrative of legends. Read More
To explain a little about my parents - my father was born at Crudgington Grange, Shropshire, went to Bloxham School near Banbury, did the ‘Grand Tour’ of Europe, worked for some time in a tea import company in London (which encouraged him to try his luck as a Tea Planter). He secured a job as a junior assistant (SD) on a low country tea estate in Ceylon in 1911. In 1914 he returned to England to join the Army and in World War I, joined the Royal Welsh Fusiliers and ..... Read More
Sometime in March 1988 when I was the Superintendent of Logie Estate, Talawakelle, the British High Commission in Colombo communicated with me via the State Plantations Corporation to the intended visit of Timothy Renton then Minister of State in the Thatcher Cabinet. Read More
1853 – Pen-Y-Lan owned by R. Forbes 700 acres – Manager: Arthur Sinclair – Asst: A. Patterson.
By 1864 he already owned Pen-Y-Lan and Doteloya. He may have purchased these in or before 1854 or they may have been abandoned. Elevation 2,600 to 3,300 feet. Read More
Retrospect provides objectivity. What one has done in one’s lifetime is best viewed from afar. A planter’s workday may have not changed substantially, since the old coffee days of the mid-19th century, till perhaps the 1980s. Read More
The Sri Lankan tea academia, tea enthusiasts and the tea community at large, would no doubt consider it a rare privilege to have an opportunity to enrich their tea libraries with an authentic, Sri Lankan home grown publication on the art of tea. Read More