Recently, my friend, Kavi Seneviratne, formerly Managing Director of Kelani Valley Plantations and, subsequently, Managing Director of Hayleys Global Beverages, very generously gifted to Dilmah, a set of old books on a wide range of aspects of the Plantation Industry. Amongst them was a tattered foolscap book with the spine exposed Read More
My brother Sene and I became professional plantation managers – commonly known as simply: ‘Tea Planters’ – a career certainly not for the chicken-hearted – it was tough and above all warranted much fore-planning and meticulous implementation with an eye for detail. To get a giant work-force of 2500 to 3500 Read More
Mr. J D S Wickremesooriya, my Grand Father, was one of the pioneer Transport Agents in the Dimbula District. He had branches at Kotagala, Nawalapitiya and Talawakelle.
My father Lionel and his elder brother Francis look over the business in the late 1930s, with my father Lionel, taking charge of Talawakelle 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, mainly tourists whom I had picked up at Dalhousie. No, not the hippies and they did not smoke joints! They were young and attractive. There were some local starlets too. They were wined and dined and treated with respect. Read More
I started my planting career as a ‘creeper’ on Gouravilla Estate, Maskeliya in 1955 with Mr.H. S. ’Billy‘ Hawkes. It was my first visit to a Tea estate & spent 6 months learning all about life on a tea plantation, the labourers, staff & the language, as I had never spoken Tamil before. In my first week I was taken to the Maskeliya Club & introduced to some planters in the district. Read More