• Louise Bell . Commented on Mattakelle | History of Ceylon Tea

    My parents Howard Fitzalan Clayton-Daubeny owned the Mattakelle Tea Plantation prior to returning to Australia in 1939 at the outbreak of WWII. They were married in the Anglican Church in Nuwara Eliya in 1935 and lived in the manager\u2019s house with my brother who was born in 1937. I visited Mattakelle in 2007 with my husband & am in Sri Lanka at the moment hoping to visit again. I am travelling with Macleay Valley Travel who are using the services of Jetwing Travel whilst here - I do hope we can make this possible. Kind regards, Louise Bell

    February 23,2019 01:53pm

  • Ruth Schwantje McAllister . Commented on Robert Boyd Tytler

    He was my gt gt grandfather. My gt grandmother was his youngest daughter Katherine Amelia who married Alexander Carnegie Ross. 😁

    February 15,2019 07:21pm

  • Shiela Jatulan . Commented on C.W. Bowles | History of Ceylon Tea

    Charles W Bowles..Died 17th..Dec..1896..Age 40...Buried 18th Dec..St Mark's Church...Badulla..Grave..211...By me H.L.Wait...Charles W Bowles..of Eladaluwa Estate...

    February 10,2019 05:33am

  • Wimalanath Wickremesooriya . Commented on J D S Wickremesooriya & Co by D. Hemannath Wickremesooriya

    INCYCISWAEDIA OF CEYLON \n\n79. TEA CENTE\"A tY YEAR SOUVENIR Messers- J. D. S. Wickramasooriya Co. TALAWAKELLE, CE `k LON. \nLate Mudaliyar J. D. S. Wickramasooriya. \nThe firm of Messers J. D S. Wickramasooriya & Co. was founded by the father of the present Proprietors, the late Mudaliyar J. D. S. Wickramasooriya in the year 1898. The present managing partnersof the firm are Messrs Francis and Lionel Wickramasooriya, both of whom are Justices of the Peace of the District. Messrs Wickramasooriya's firm which is one of the oldest on the Hills, incidentally completes fifty years of its existence and service to the public in the year 1948, which may aptly be termed the year oT--,the Golden Jiiibilee of its inauguration. The founder of the firm Mudaliyar J. D. S. Wickramasooriya from /1.*:oro-alangoda, and it was unquestionably due to his honest industry and indefategable effor .s, that the firm was establised on a sound working basis in the days long gone. Mudaliyar Wickr,70asooriya was a pioneer in business, who lived in the Golden Age of Lanka and he - possessed a keen piercing intellect and some Business Acumen. He was also a Philanthrr fist, who did much in his day to ameliorate the condition -pf the masses in h.s area. He passed away n the 7th of July 1948. Delving into the Record of the dr..i's Bu%;;,ess, we find that their principal litzes have been and are, Transport Work and Building Cc-7-s44-C.ticr-f As Building Contractors, they hold 'A unique and unrivalled position in the District and as Transport Agents at Talawakelle, 14 ton k .-iagala, their name is a household word, even in remote parts of the Island. \nMessrs Wickramasooriya's are also for the Standard Vaccum Oil Co., qawalapitiya, Hatton, Katagala and Watawala. Mr. Franck:- Wi,:kremasooriya J. P. is a Director of mad Mr. Lionel Wickremasoliriya J. P. is the Managing Director of4the Madhyama Lanka Bus Co. Ltd. In ecognition of the valuable . ervices of Mr. Lionel Wickremas.ioriya, Managing Director of the firm of M ssrs Wickra- masooriya & Talawakelle, who rende -.1 signal service during the floods, by offering his entire fleet of Buses and Lorries, to do all Transport work during the critical period, without gain or profit, he was unanimously Electled an honorary member of the Dimbula Planters' Association. As torwarding and and Transport Agents even during the war their services were invaluable. The- ..re Transport Agents with an Island wide reputation. \n\u2022 r \n` \u2022 \n\n79. TEA CENTE\"A tY YEAR SOUVENIR Messers- J. D. S. Wickramasooriya Co. TALAWAKELLE, CE `k LON. \nLate Mudaliyar J. D. S. Wickramasooriya. \nThe firm of Messers J. D S. Wickramasooriya & Co. was founded by the father of the present Proprietors, the late Mudaliyar J. D. S. Wickramasooriya in the year 1898. The present managing partnersof the firm are Messrs Francis and Lionel Wickramasooriya, both of whom are Justices of the Peace of the District. Messrs Wickramasooriya's firm which is one of the oldest on the Hills, incidentally completes fifty years of its existence and service to the public in the year 1948, which may aptly be termed the year oT--,the Golden Jiiibilee of its inauguration. The founder of the firm Mudaliyar J. D. S. Wickramasooriya from /1.*:oro-alangoda, and it was unquestionably due to his honest industry and indefategable effor .s, that the firm was establised on a sound working basis in the days long gone. Mudaliyar Wickr,70asooriya was a pioneer in business, who lived in the Golden Age of Lanka and he - possessed a keen piercing intellect and some Business Acumen. He was also a Philanthrr fist, who did much in his day to ameliorate the condition -pf the masses in h.s area. He passed away n the 7th of July 1948. Delving into the Record of the dr..i's Bu%;;,ess, we find that their principal litzes have been and are, Transport Work and Building Cc-7-s44-C.ticr-f As Building Contractors, they hold 'A unique and unrivalled position in the District and as Transport Agents at Talawakelle, 14 ton k .-iagala, their name is a household word, even in remote parts of the Island. \nMessrs Wickramasooriya's are also for the Standard Vaccum Oil Co., qawalapitiya, Hatton, Katagala and Watawala. Mr. Franck:- Wi,:kremasooriya J. P. is a Director of mad Mr. Lionel Wickremasoliriya J. P. is the Managing Director of4the Madhyama Lanka Bus Co. Ltd. In ecognition of the valuable . ervices of Mr. Lionel Wickremas.ioriya, Managing Director of the firm of M ssrs Wickra- masooriya & Talawakelle, who rende -.1 signal service during the floods, by offering his entire fleet of Buses and Lorries, to do all Transport work during the critical period, without gain or profit, he was unanimously Electled an honorary member of the Dimbula Planters' Association. As torwarding and and Transport Agents even during the war their services were invaluable. The- ..re Transport Agents with an Island wide reputation. \n\u2022 r \n` \u2022

    February 08,2019 06:09am

  • Ian Gardner . Commented on Plantation Life

    Somerset Managers' bungalow.

    January 27,2019 11:26pm

  • Ian Gardner . Commented on Plantation Life

    Probably photgraphed by Ralph Wickremeratne c.2008.

    January 27,2019 11:24pm

  • Ian Gardner . Commented on Plantation Life

    This has to be Somerset Estate and, probably, Easdale Division - above Carlabeck.

    January 27,2019 11:14pm

  • Ian Gardner . Commented on Plantation Life

    Holyrood Managers' bungalow post nationalisation and re-privatisation.

    January 27,2019 11:12pm

  • Ian Gardner . Commented on Plantation Life

    Dewalakande factory, c.2017 comprising Dewalakande and Dehiowita estates. Prior to nationalisation Dewalakande was part of The Dewalakande Group (as such) owned by The Ceylon Tea Plantations Co., Ltd. and was in tea until 1904. In 1957 The Dewalakande Group (comprising 2035 acres of rubber) consisted of Dewalakande (Dehiowita), Dunedin (Yatiyantota) and Troy (Owned by The Ceylon Proprietary Tea Estates Co., Ltd.,) (Karawanella?) plus a 234 acre "block" of old rubber near Troy, and managed from Troy, which was sold before I took over in 1966.

    January 27,2019 11:06pm

  • Ian Gardner . Commented on Plantation Life

    Dewalakande factory, c.2017 comprising Dewalakande and Dehiowita estates. Prior to nationalisation Dewalakande was part of The Dewalakande Group (as such) owned by The Ceylon Tea Plantations Co., Ltd. and was in tea until 1904. In 1957 The Dewalakande Group (comprising 2035 acres) consisted of Dewalakande (Dehiowita), Dunedin (Yatiyantota) and Troy (Owned by The Ceylon Proprietary Tea Estates Co., Ltd.,) (Karawanella?) and a 234 acre block, coming under Troy, past Troy which was sold before I took over in 1966. NOTE: To be edited ASAP.

    January 27,2019 09:45pm

  • Ian Gardner . Commented on Plantation Life

    Clerk's room, Alton estate office, c.2008. Office built adjascent to Manager's bungalow by me in 1965/66.

    January 27,2019 09:08pm

  • Ian Gardner . Commented on Plantation Life

    c.1956 in Field 3A, 3B or 3C Dewalakande Division (I think).

    January 27,2019 09:04pm

  • Susan Reilly DeVore . Commented on C.M.G Thomas Skinner

    https://ennistymon.blogspot.com/2018/01/the-tea-planters-wife.html

    January 26,2019 04:21am

  • Susan Reilly DeVore . Commented on W.H. Brymer

    Walter Brymer was married to my cousin - Gladys Milward. Gladys’ family had deep roots in Ceylon. She was related to Thomas Skinner (the great road maker) and King Herman Plumridge. I wrote about them on my blog which included historical information about tea planting in Ceylon.

    January 26,2019 04:17am

  • Ruhani Sandhu . Commented on Taste of tea paramount; Only 20% of drinkers focus on health benefits

    Thank you for sharing and spreading the word.

    January 17,2019 07:13pm

  • History of Ceylon Tea . Commented on Stephen Rowsell

    Pomas, unfortunately I have no specific records to indicate if they were related or not.

    January 14,2019 04:55am

  • History of Ceylon Tea . Commented on Tyspane Tea Co. Limited

    Richard, the only record I have for that decade is 1855 and there is no mention of "Tyspane" or Charles Murray.

    January 14,2019 04:45am

  • Ian Gardner . Commented on Tyspane Tea Co. Limited

    Richard Templeton Murray: regarding your querry - unfortunately, the Ferguson's Directory does not go back that far.

    January 13,2019 09:51pm

  • Sriomal de Silva . Commented on James Taylor

    The rapid growth of the Ceylonese tea industry allowed the large tea companies to take over therefore the small farmers like Taylor were chased out from the industry. Because of this, Taylor was dismissed by the Loolecondera estate management.

    January 08,2019 04:43pm

  • Caretaker . Commented on El Teb

    Mr.I.P.venuraj is the Chief Factory Officer from 1963 to 1980

    January 06,2019 11:17am