• Martin Mirimo . Commented on Diabetes type 2 - the ‘superdrink’ to have with your breakfast to prevent high blood sugar

    ATTENTION! If You or Someone You Love is Suffering from Diabetes, Then This Will Be the Most Important Message You Will Ever Read…

    October 10,2019 03:19am

  • Ian Hayley . Commented on The Hayleys Story: How a British Businessman Started One Of Sri Lanka’s Biggest Companies

    A fascinating account and I'm proud to be related to these Hayley's.

    October 05,2019 09:09pm

  • Patrick Vethecan . Commented on Scottish Tea & Lands Company Limited 1962-1972

    Well documented life story, Manfred. Congratulations.

    October 04,2019 03:03am

  • Josh Osoro Pickering . Commented on O Collett

    Is O. Collett a relative of Harold, Henry and Ian Michael Collett, who was also in the tea trade in India, Sri Lanka and East Africa?

    October 03,2019 11:11pm

  • Ronald Munaweera . Commented on Ekkeralle incldg. Opa Garden Y97

    To correct an error, my father moved from Pallakelle to Maliboda and then to Ekkeralle. He passed away in November 1958 while still in office at Ekkeralle.

    September 30,2019 12:11pm

  • Mahinda Wijesekara . Commented on Pambagama

    <img class="fb-comment" title="Pambagama Estate" src="images/fb/mahinda-wijesekara.jpg" alt="Pambagama Estate" height="120px" />

    September 24,2019 07:53pm

  • Martin John . Commented on Robert Boyd Tytler

    I would have to look in my records to provide more details but I have got Robert Boyd Tytler as descended from Garden Boyd (b. 1767, Turriff, Aberdeenshire). He is a distant relative of my wife's family (the Boyd-Moss 'clan') and there is an interesting Ceylon connection. Garden had a nephew, George Hay Boyd (b. 1796), son of Rev William Boyd of Crimmond, and a cousin to my wife's ancester, Mathew [sic] Boyd (b.1766, Kilmarnock). George sailed ships for Mathew and subsequently had a business relationship with his son, William Smith Boyd (b. 1795, Bermondsey), through the early coffee 'agency house' Acland and Boyd (founded in Ceylon in 1829 and suspended operations in 1847) which, according to Forrest (1967) brought out 'relays of young men' principally from Crimmond. I believe it was this family connection that led to Robert Boyd Tytler's move to Ceylon from Jamaica.

    September 22,2019 08:05pm

  • Rupert Navamani . Commented on THE KELLY’S OF KILLARNEY

    A friend of mine, very high up in the plantation industry of Sri Lanka ( present times ) showed me a photo of the log cabin referred to in my earlier comment, on his mobile phone and promised to sand me a copy of it, but sadly it has not happened todate

    September 17,2019 10:16am

  • Thomas Bateman . Commented on Vellai Oya SOUTH

    My Great Grandfather was a tea planter in Vellai Oya. His name was Alured William Bateman. My Grandfather, Alured Henry Whitby Gray Wolston Bateman was born in Kandy 18 August 1884.

    September 15,2019 01:16am

  • Stephanie Jenkins . Commented on K.J.T. Morland

    Please note that he is actually K. I. T. Morland (not K. J. T.). There is a biography of Kenneth Irvine Thomson MORLAND here on the website about the war memorial of St Margaret's Church, Oxford (in the parish where is mother was living): http://www.oxfordhistory.org.uk/war/stmargaret/morland_kenneth.html

    September 11,2019 08:48am

  • Ajit Jacob . Commented on Photos & Videos

    It's very nostalgic looking at The Bungalow and the environment that we spent a good part of our Childhood in the 60's.

    September 10,2019 10:45am

  • Ronald Ondaatje . Commented on Scottish Tea & Lands Company Limited 1962-1972

    Very interesting article Manfred and I loved reading it.I planted in Badulla on Telbedde and am now in Melbourne. You probably know who I am.I left Ceylon in 1984,being manager of Cannaverrella as my last position.

    September 01,2019 10:20pm

  • Ian Gardner . Commented on Dewalakande

    When I was resident here (1955-66) this garden, was about 2 acres as seen here: on the right it extends to about the edge of trees you see; on the left it includes the light green band of trees outside which is the continuing circular driveway (a section of which one can see running across the photo at the bottom (in grass), all the trees between the factory (green roof) and the office (red tiles) and has got badly overgrown. In the foreground, but invisible below the drive, are two more terraces: one narrow but right across the centre 2/3 of the garden and containing a line of white Frangipani [Aralia (Sin) or Plumeria] and the second about 20m in length but tapering in a rounded cone to form the front apex of the garden. This bottom "cone" used to be the orchard but I moved the fruit trees to the old tennis court behind the house and planted the periphery of the "cone" in a line of big trees like "yakada mara" (yellow leaf?) and a similar tree with purple flowers. Inside that I added a line, I think, (it could have been a random planting) of variously coloured Plumeria (araliya/frangipani). The idea being that from the upstairs verandah one would look down onto a beautiful array of colour and perfume. This was my last estate before leaving the country so I did not get to enjoy the result. . . . but that was not the point: the point was to improve the place for us and the others to come and the company/ies for which we worked.

    August 29,2019 09:25pm


    Good job. Congrads

    August 28,2019 10:43pm


    Thanks Vicki, I'm so glad that you have written this about your father. My dad looks up to him fondly. I enjoyed seeing him and hearing the stories he had about my father when your parents were in Melbourne. I had no idea at the time that your mother would soon be taken from us and your dad not too long after.

    August 26,2019 11:34am

  • History of Ceylon Tea . Commented on Kandahena

    Thanks Dilakshan. You can email the info and pics to editor@historyofceylontea.com - tks, David

    August 17,2019 06:48am

  • Chris Aggs . Commented on Photos & Videos

    I believe this is a photo of my Grandfather L.A.Wright, standing on the left with bow tie and cigarette. My Grandmother is the seated European woman to the right, in profile. I do not know the identities of either the European woman at the centre or the two gentlemen behind her. My guess is that the children are my aunts, Morna , standing next to LAW - Clodah seated centre - Eleanor, seated on ground left - the two boys, seated are possibly my uncles Peter and Christopher - I don't know which is which. My Grandmothers last 3 children (Barbara, John, and Jessica) are either too small to be included or not born yet, which dates the photo to the early '20s.

    August 12,2019 03:55pm


    Congrats Vicki! Knew Dad when I was a PODIAN In Planting. Was Later Manager SARNIA 89-94!!

    August 13,2019 05:05pm


    A lovely article of a legendary individual . Glad to hear he trained my uncle Hilary Marcelline who was later PD at Sarnia . I remember going to this awesome estate and enjoying the hospitality.

    August 13,2019 04:35pm

  • Dilakshan Perera . Commented on Kandahena

    How do I update records of the planters who worked here, also this is an estate I have so many memories hence can I update pics related to Kandahene (Bugalows etc)

    August 13,2019 09:41am