*1870 - (Appears in first available Ferguson's Directory)
Notes on Owners - Skrine & the Farquharsons were co-owners from 1891-99. The Farquharsons were the owners till at least 1906. FD records for 1907 & 08 are not available and the next available record - 1909 - shows Kepitigalla Rubber & Tea as the new owners. So the change from the Farqhuarsons to Kepitigalla occured in 1907 or 1908.
Scotsman James Taylor started Sri Lanka’s first tea estate, 19 acre Loolecondera Estate, marking the birth of the tea industry in Ceylon.
The first Shipment of Ceylon Tea, a consignment of 23lb (10kg) arrived in London for trade
The first public Colombo Tea Auction was held at the premises of Somerville & Co. under the auspice of Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.
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