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Related family papers: Worms family

Papers and other material concerning extended family members and family associated by marriage to the Rothschilds. Researchers interested in the wider Rothschild family are advised to consult the monumental genealogy of the Rothschild banking family Le Sang des Rothschild by Joseph Valynseele and Henri Mars (ICC Editions, Paris, 2004). A copy is available upon request in the Reading Room.

The Worms brothers, Gabriel and Moritz were the sons of Jeanette Rothschild (1771-1859) who married Benedict Moses Worms (1772-1824) in 1795. Jeanette's brother was Nathan Mayer Rothschild (1777-1836), founder of the London Rothschild bank.

The Rothschild estate, Pussellawa, Sri Lanka, was created by the brothers Gabriel and Moritz Worms, (Rothschild cousins) in 1842. In 1841, Gabriel and Moritz Worms brought the first cuttings of China jat tea from China to Ceylon and planted them on what became known as the Rothschild tea estate at Pussellawa. The Worms brothers sold their interests in 1862, putting the disposal of their assets into the hands of their bankers, the Oriental Bank Corporation. The sale of parts of their estates realised £157,000 and the core assets were acquired by a new firm, the Ceylon Company, launched in April 1862 on the London Stock Exchange. Though successful as a coffee producer this company was held back by lossmaking  estates in Mauritius and was finally brought down by the collapse of the Oriental Bank in 1892. Its assets were bought up by a new company, The Eastern Produce and Estates Co., the corporate descendant of which manufactures tea on the Rothschild Estate to this day under the 'Rothschild' name.

Worms family; family pedigree, c.1857

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Large folded printed family tree of the Worms family, c.1857. Mayer Amschel Rothschild’s oldest daughter Jeanette (1771-1859) married Benedict Moses Worms (1772-1824) in 1795. Their sons, Gabriel and Moritz became tea planters in Ceylon. These papers were transferred to the Archive from the New Court vaults. It is likely that these papers were sent to New Court when the Frankfurt business was liquidated in 1901.

Worms family, Pussellawa Tea Plantation: artefacts, c.2000

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The Rothschild estate, Pussellawa, Sri Lanka, was created by the brothers Gabriel and Moritz Worms, (Rothschild cousins) in 1842. Packet of Rothschild English Breakfast Tea, the product of the Rothschild Estate, Pussellawa, Sri Lanka.

Worms family, Pussellawa Tea Plantation: secondary sources, 1870; 1940

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The Rothschild estate, Pussellawa, Sri Lanka, was created by the brothers Gabriel and Moritz Worms, (Rothschild cousins) in 1842. Copy of  The Coffee-Planter of Ceylon by William Sabonadière (London: E. & F.N. Spon, 1870) which includes references to and engravings of the Worms' 'Rothschild' plantation; copy of article entitled 'The Eastern Produce & Estates Co. Ltd' by Thomas Villiers in Mercantile Lore (The Ceylon Observer Press, 1940). This firm traces its origins back to the Worms brothers, who were the first to introduce tea to Sri Lanka.

Worms family, Pussellawa Tea Plantation: secondary sources, 1898

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Article from 'The Engineer', 9 September 1898 - A Ceylon Tea Plantation. The Rothschild estate, Pussellawa, Sri Lanka, was created by the brothers Gabriel and Moritz Worms, (Rothschild cousins) in 1842. Although this illustrated  article does not specifically feature the 'Rothschild' tea estate, it gives an idea of what the estate might have looked like and includes information about the processes of tea making, including rolling, sifting and packing.

Worms family, Pussellawa Tea Plantation: secondary sources, 2004

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The Rothschild estate, Pussellawa, Sri Lanka, was created by the brothers Gabriel and Moritz Worms, (Rothschild cousins) in 1842. DVD of a television documentary Tea Journey, directed and produced by Yasmin Rajapakse for the programme "Bonsoir" broadcast on Sri Lankan television in 2004. A 10 minute segment of the 52 minute documentary concerns the Rothschild tea plantation at Pussellawa and Rothschild wine production at Château Mouton-Rothschild.