A time line of History of Ceylon Tea

1824 A tea plant was brought to Ceylon by the British from China and was planted in the Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya.
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1839 Establishment of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce
1854 Establishment of the Planters' Association of Ceylon
1867 James Taylor planted the first 19 acres of tea in Loolecondera Estate near Kandy, Ceylon and this marked the birth of tea industry in Ceylon (Sri Lanka)
1872 First sale of Loolecondera tea in Kandy
1873 Export of Sri Lanka's first tea consignment of 23 lbs from Loolecondera Estate to London
1876 Founding of the first Broking firm John Brothers and Co.
1877 Manufacture of first "SIROCCO" tea drier by Samuel C. Davidson
1880 Manufacture of first tea rolling machine by John Walker and Co.
1883 The first public Colombo Auction was held at the premises of Somerville & Co.on 30th July, 1883, under the auspices of Ceylon Chamber of Commerce
1884 Construction of a Central Tea Factory on Fairyland Estate (Pedro) in Nuwara-Eliya
1891 Ceylon Tea established a record price of Rs.36.15 per lb at the London Tea Auctions
1892 James Taylor, aged 57 years, died in Ceylon on 2nd May, 1892
1894 Formation of the Colombo Tea Traders' Association
1896 Colombo Brokers' Association was formed
1915 Mr. Thomas Amarasuriya, first Ceylonese to be appointed as Chairman of the Planters' Association
1925 Establishment of Tea Research Institute
1927 Sri Lanka's tea production exceeded 100,000 metric tons. Sri Lanka's tea exports exceeded 100,000 metric tons
1932 Formation of The Ceylon Tea Propaganda Board. Export of poor quality tea was prohibited
1934 World's largest tea bush was found in Ceylon at Battawatta Group, Madulsima. It had a diameter of 24 feet and a circumference of 67 feet. Four pounds of green leaf were plucked from it on one day
1935 Set up the International Tea Market Expansion Board (ITMEB) in which Ceylon was a founder member
1938 The Tea Research Institute commenced work on vegetative propagation at St. Coombs Estate, Thalawakele
1940 Biological control of the leaf eating Tea Tortrix Caterpillar by the Tea Research Institute
1941 First Ceylonese Tea Broking house, M/s Pieris and Abeywardena was established
1944 Ceylon Estate Employers' Federation was established
1951 Export Duty on tea was introduced from 1st October, 1951
1955 First clonal tea fields came into bearing.
1958 Formation of the State Plantations Corporation
1959 Ad Valorem Tax was introduced on 1st June 1959 for teas sold at the Colombo Auctions
1961 Sri Lanka's registered tea extent exceeded 200,000 hectares. Sri Lanka's tea production exceeded 200,000 metric tons
1962 Sri Lanka's tea exports exceeded 200,000 metric tons
1963 Production and exports of Instant Teas commenced
1965 Sri Lanka became the World's largest tea exporter for the first time
1966 First International Tea Convention was held to celebrate 100 years of Tea Industry
1972 State takeover of privately owned estates
1975 Nationalization of Rupee and sterling companies
1976 Sri Lanka Tea Board was established. Formation of Janatha Estate Development Board (JEDB). Establishment of the Tea Small Holding Development Authority (TSHDA). Exports of tea bags commenced
1980 Sri Lanka's participation at Moscow Olympics as official supplier of tea
1981 Import of teas for blending and re-exports was introduced
1982 Production and Exports of Green tea commenced. Sri Lanka's participation at 12th Commonwealth games at Brisbane as official supplier of tea
1983 Centennial year of the Colombo Tea Auctions. Production of CTC teas commenced in Sri Lanka
1987 Sri Lanka's participation in 'Expo 88' as official supplierof tea in Australia
1992 Sri Lanka completes 125 years in her Tea Industry. An international convention was held in Colombo to mark the occation. Formation of the Tea Research Board. Abolition of the Export Duty on 21st December, 1992. Abolition of the Ad Valorem Tax on 21st December, 1992
1993 Privatisation of the management of Government owned tea estates
1996 Sri Lanka's tea production exceeded 250,000 metric tons
1997 Tea Exports reached 250,000 metric tons
2000 Tea production exceeded 300,000 metric tons
2001 Commencement of on-line sales of tea by Forbes and Walker Ltd., at the Colombo Tea Auctions. Establishment of a Tea Museum at Kandy
2002 Tea Association of Sri Lanka was formed