A great article, more so every bit of it being an accurate account of Vivian. There was not doubt that he was agreat sportsman and an equally good planter some of the plucking slopes he mantained was the talk of the planting circles. In fairness to the Golf Club where I have been a member for many many years even before the exadous of the Ex Pats, the Golf Club was open to the Sri Lankan, if one was interested in playing Golf. I think it was the Hill Club that Vickey is refferring to which only opened the club to Sri Lankans, during and after the exerdous of the European community. In fact I too was offered free membership by my Director who was the President of the club which I refused on principle. Vivian and Charmaine and I were good friends and we used to visit each other quite often. I knew him from college days and during his tenure as a planter in Sri Lanka. I was indeed very sorry to hear of his demise followed thereafter by Charmaine

    March 10,2020 04:47pm

  • History of Ceylon Tea . Commented on John Duff-Tytler

    Thanks for the info Ken. Details have been amended.

    March 10,2020 01:42am

  • Ken Duff-Tytler . Commented on John Duff-Tytler

    The summary page is correct - my father John was Superintendent of Tembiligala Estate Including Braeside from 1956 to 1965 when he retired. . The page with annual details is incorrect for years 1962, 1963 and 1964. These details refer to my brother also named John. Submitted by Ken Duff-Tytler

    March 07,2020 11:02pm

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  • Peter Ferry . Commented on Dickwella

    As far as I know Franklin Jacobs was the Manager in the 1980's. My family stayed at Sunnyside guest house run by his wife Jasmine.

    March 04,2020 11:20am

  • Sandra Chane . Commented on "Memories Are Made Of This" – Recollections Of Tea Planting In The “Old Days” by Vicki Vanden Driesen

    Hi Vicki
    My parents. Dicky and June Macky were friends with Uncle Vivian and Aunty Charmaine.
    It's so lovely to read this article. I recollect going to East Wind on holidays with your family.

    February 24,2019 01:30am

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  • Hamish Gunn . Commented on Elston

    My father, Alexander John (known as Alistair) was a manager of the rubber plantation at Puwakpitya until 1956. I was born in Sri Lanka and named after the company (Hamish Iain Elston Gunn). We lived in what was then the manager's bungalow at Puwakpitya.

    February 21,2020 05:30pm

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  • Maurice Wilkins . Commented on Melfort

    I used to work in Arduaine Garden, beside Loch Melfort, in Argyll, Scotland, which was at one time owned by the Campbell family who, I was told, owned and named the Melfort Tea Estate in Sri Lanka!

    January 29,2020 05:05pm

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    Thanks Vicki for the memories of your dad and Scottish Tea's where I was the last new SD on Sarnia before he left for Aussie. My dad was Ruby Jayawardena who was the first Ceylonese planter in ST&L and he knew your dad well and was also on many of the Estates mentioned by you which rekindled many memories for me too! . It was a pleasure and a privilege to work with him !

    December 30,2019 09:09pm

  • Praveen Lokupothagama . Commented on Demodera Group (comprising Weyvelhena, Octumbe, Papolgashena, Rossett & Ingurugama)

    Currently the estate comprises of Weyvelheena, Oetumbe, Southam and Nethervile divisions. Photographs of the Superintendents from 1895 are also available at the estate office.

    December 30,2019 08:56am

  • Tharaka Wijerathne . Commented on Gamini Salgado - A Plantation Icon

    Very interesting

    November 26,2019 07:25am

  • Yoey Ratner . Commented on W.P. Hodgson

    William Pickering Hodgson was my great grandfather!

    November 26,2019 12:54am