About the Property

Ownership and Legacy

YearProprietorAgentResident Manager & Asst. Sup.
1880-84 Sir G.H.D. Elphinstone & J. Paterson Snr Alstons Scott & Co. J. Paterson, Snr
1885-86 Paterson Snr Alstons Scott & Co. J. Paterson, Snr
1887-92 Alstons Scott & Co. Alstons Scott & Co. J. Paterson, Snr
1893 -1899 G.A. Dick & Percy Bois Bois Bros & Co. G.A. Dick
1904 F.B.B. and G.W.B.Goodfellow Bois Bros & Co. H.A. Luke, F.B.B. & G.W.B.G. Goodfellow
1905 -1909 R.R. Jacques Whittalla & Co. R.R. Jacques
1912-23 J.I. Boswill Galaha Cey. Ests & Agency Co. Ld., S.A. C.J. Owen & J.I. C. Boswell
1924-27 Mrs. J.I. Boswill C.J. Owen C.J. Owen
1930 - 54 The Stafford Tea Co. Ltd Bois Bros & Co. H.C. Hinchliff
1955-onwards Hemas (Estates) Ltd

The Histories

The history of Stafford Estate is closely linked to the history of Tea in Sri Lanka.

In 1867, James Taylor marked the birth of the tea industry in Ceylon by starting a tea plantation in Loolecondera estate in Kandy in 1867. He began the tea plantation on an estate of just 19 acres (76,890 m2).

In 1872 he started a fully equipped tea factory in the same Loolecondera estate and that year the first sale of Loolecondra tea was made in Kandy.

In 1873, the first shipment of Ceylon tea, a consignment of some 23 lb (10 kg), arrived in London.

In 1880, Stafford Tea Estate was initiated by Sir G.H.D. Elphinstone & J. Paterson Snr.

In 1889, The Golf Club of Nuwara Eliya was created.