Larry Brown (Australia)

Larry Brown lives South of Brisbane on the Gold Coast.

A huge thank you to him for his donation of tea tins and books.

Biography -

Name: Larry Brown.
Born:   Belfast,N.Ireland. in 1937.
Married with 4 daughters all of whom speak fluent Hindi and Khasi and Melanesian Pidgin.
 
 Work Experience:
 Davidson & Company, Sirocco Engineering Works, Belfast.                 1952 to 1960.    
 Namdang Tea Company. Namdang TE and Bogapani TE                    1960 to 1967
 Gillanders Arbuthnot, Manufacturing Adviser.                                        1967 to 1971
 Mt Hagen Tea Growers, Warrawau TE Western Highlands PNG          1971 to 1975
 Bali Corporation, Londolovit Pltn, Lihir Island, New Ireland Province. 
 (Copra, Cocoa, Cattle) - Tobera Pltn. East New Britain Province.          1975 to 1980
 Education Dept., Vunmami Farmer Training Centre, ENBP.                   1980 to  1988
 Madura Tea Estates (part owner) Northern NSW, Australia.                   1988 to  2004                                                     
(ongoing tea project 25 Ha at Eastern Creek, Sydney, NSW.)                 2018-
 
Have visited tea districts in Sri Lanka, Indonesia, East  Africa, the Nilgiris and Munnar in S.India 
 
Photo above - Visited Namdang TE in 2014 - a lapse of 54 years!

 
On my pilgrimage after 54 years to pay a visit to Namdang, I was looked after by Ann Poyser at her lovely guest house and Sandeep Nagalia looked after me on my visit. I went to the Factory Bungalow where the resident ghost,a young man who died of Blackwater Fever,used to terrify me in the evening until I plucked up courage and spoke to him!
 
I do a bit of fishing in County Mayo when I visit Ireland and my Wife,Joan, and I, visit Hong Kong to see our friends who were expelled from Makum in the aftermath of 1962 - Indo-China War.  - some history here
 
Currently residing in Southport, Queensland. 2019