*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.
Estate & Planter data only covers the period from 1870 to 1929 with some gaps in-between as not all records were available. Pre 1870 and post 1929 updates will be made in due course.
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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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