• Christine Caspersz . Commented on “Memories Are Made Of This” – Recollections Of Tea Planting In The “Old Days” by Vicki Vanden Driesen | History of Ceylon Tea

    Excellant article - beautifully written. We will always have fond memories of Vivian and Charmaine.

    March 02,2021 01:35am

  • Ian Gardner . Commented on A Day in the Life of a Planter by Anura Gunasekera | History of Ceylon

    Very interesting, Anura, and notable that you started in the year that I stopped, albeit prematurely, at the age of 35 years with the prospect of nationalisation looming. What I find notable is the difference between my creeping (and, perhaps, my management style) and that of others I have read recently. The difference being that my creeping was almost totally confined to agriculture, labour management and the daily work and work records involved therewith. I assume this was due to the fact that manufacture etc. would not be encountered by an assistant for a number of years whilst the inculcation of \"field knowledge\" - including, importantly, agronomy - labour management and general field supervision was of primary importance. As a manager I was of the opinion that delegation was of vital importance to good management and as one who trained three creepers and supervised three relatively new assistant managers this was an underlying factor. Perhaps, this was influenced by the fact that the high loss of executive staff during my time projected me into my first acting appointment (330 acres, tea) when aged 24 years, my second (1500 acres, rubber) when aged 25 years and my commencement as a permanent manager (330 acres, tea) when 27 years. All things change with time.

    February 25,2021 11:31pm

  • Kriti Kapoor . Commented on Why white tea is expensive and what are the benefits of drinking it | History of Ceylon Tea

    An awesome article that gives immense pleasure in reading and white Tea is very special preferred by everyone in fact. well said I agree with the above info completely.

    February 24,2021 05:46am

  • Yvonne Joachim . Commented on D. C. Mortimer | History of Ceylon Tea

    My grandfather

    February 22,2021 11:19pm

  • Charles Ameresekere . Commented on Appreciation - Douglas A. Jenkins (1926 – 2018)

    Does anyone in this community know if Douglas Jenkins had a brother named William James Jenkins (born 1924) that served in the RAF during WW2? Thanks. Charles Ameresekere ceylon_medals@hotmail.com

    February 21,2021 02:29pm

  • Dilantha U Weeraratne . Commented on COLOMBO TRAMWAYS - DOWN MEMORY LANE | History of Ceylon

    Very informative . Very well written article about the subject matter.

    February 17,2021 07:22am

  • James Mackay . Commented on Photos & Videos | History of Ceylon Tea

    Brilliant - my grandfather DA Wright

    February 15,2021 04:21pm

  • Mahes Rajaratnam . Commented on Harrow | History of Ceylon Tea


    February 15,2021 04:36am

  • Nipun Wisnagalage . Commented on Are Ceylon Tea Plantation Workers Really being Exploited ? | History of Ceylon Tea-

    Or I just saw This. What a great pleasure and a previllage to see my post on Dilmah press !!

    February 07,2021 05:48am

  • Tissa Wellappili . Commented on The History Of Tea And Cricket In Sri Lanka by David Colin-Thome | History of Ceylon Tea

    The Mannar Dhanuushkodi naval connection was completed in 1911 to facilitate the immigration of indentured labour from South India. They formed the backbone of the Tea industry.

    January 30,2021 02:50pm

  • Ian Gardner . Commented on Photos & Videos | History of Ceylon Tea

    When this photograph was taken this bungalow must have been nearly 100 years old and yet the shingles of the roof are still functioning well. That is a long time for wood, and in a wet climate too! I wonder what wood was used.

    January 29,2021 08:27pm

  • Ian Gardner . Commented on Theberton | History of Ceylon Tea

    Rohan Rajapakse was married to my cousin Nalini. They lived in the wallawwa by the railway station in Panadura. If my memory serves me correctly their son, Anil, became a surgeon in the U.S.A. when very young (for a surgeon).

    January 29,2021 08:10pm

  • Basil Van Dort . Commented on G D H Alston

    the link between planters and estates they worked is no longer working?

    January 22,2021 08:54am

  • Nihal Dias . Commented on Halwatura

    In the early nineteen sixties the superintendent was D.B.L Fernando(Dennis).There were usually two Assistant Superintendents, one on Central Division, where the factories were, and the other on Kahagalla Division. The bungalows we shared sometimes and the Assistants were Tony Ebert on Central, Nihal Dias Abeyesinghe on Kahagalla. Later on, Malcolm de Zilva from Halgolle was transferred and shared in the Kahagalla bungalow. On Tony Ebert being transferred, Hilary Schrader occupied the Central bungalow.

    January 21,2021 02:50am

  • Kshamalee Wirekoon . Commented on Theberton

    As a child l spent my holidays at the owners Bungalow of Theberton Group. The estate was owned by a set of friends, most of them lawyers, my uncle Rohan Rajapakse, Guy Wickramanayake, Irwin Gooneratne, VT de Zoysa and others....My father T Victor Fernando who was then the Manager of the Ceylon State Morgage Bank facilitated the loan required for the purchase (in the fifties). The function of the SMB was to provide loans for such initiatives. We visited the factory situated in the valley and observed the tea making process. Occasionally visited the "lines" where the teapluckers lived. 'Appu' was the resident cook flanked by other cleaners...we hiked the tea planted hills, swam in the pool, got stung by millions of mosquitoes and relished Appu's meals. I recall the old fashioned telephone which had to be cranked before trunk calls. Those were wonderful and relaxing holidays.

    January 20,2021 02:43pm

  • Nihal Dias . Commented on Pelmadulla Group

    The estate was in the Agency of James Finlay & Co, Ltd.

    January 20,2021 11:59am

  • Nihal Dias . Commented on Alupola

    The estates Manager in the seventies, when under the Agency of James Finlay & Co. Ltd,. was Gary de Saram with two Assistants Superintendents who were Tony Ebert, Nihal Dias Abeyesinghe, Parakrama Perera

    January 20,2021 11:50am

  • Nihal Dias . Commented on Citrus Group

    The Citrus estate bungalow was renovated and occupied by the Chairman of the SLSPC Board IV, Galle District.

    January 20,2021 11:42am

  • Nihal Dias . Commented on Talgaswella

    Talgaswela recorded some of the highest tea yields in the country during the time Mr Elmo Abeysundera was the Superintendent. Mr Abeysundera was later appointed Chairman of SLSPC Board IV, Galle District, under the SLSPC

    January 20,2021 11:32am

  • Nihal Dias . Commented on Pine Hill

    January 20,2021 11:23am