After the collapse of the coffee industry due to blight in the 1870's, a suitable replacement was soon found - the tea plant.
My uncle Tony's unpublished autobiography explains that after Percy's
marriage proposals were turned down by Marjorie Benson in 1906 and 1907, he "took himself to Ceylon to work on a tea-plantation".
The Planters' Registry of the Ceylon Tea Industry show that HYDE Bird was a manager for the Mahawala Tea Estate during 1909. As Percy's middle name of Hyde was so unusual, I am wondering if this was the name he adopted while out there ?
Tea plantations are controlled by Managers who have junior assistants and Assistant Managers, depending on the size and requirement of the plantation, to assist them in the smooth functioning of the tea estate. Their work involves supervision of all plantation work involved from planting to plucking, processing to packing and transport of tea to auction houses.
- Why did he choose to go to Ceylon ?
- Was it because of a prior family connection ?