I have read 'Galle Quiet as sleep' by Norah Roberts and noticed some errors. Our family recordsand other sources show that the sugar industry near Galle failed due to the very low prices the commodity was fetching at the time my pioneering ancestor gave up the industry to grow rubber instead. Rubber seeds were called 'black gold' and saved many local planters from penury.It is true turning molasses to rum was forbidden as that was exclusive to the West Indies as a result, Grandpa Allie of Pillagoda had to drain mollasses into the stream. I neverheardthat our Bowman cousins had a sugar factory and was only ever shown that at Sunnyside, Baddegama which was built by George Winter. The Bowman's did manage his property. Grandfather, Alfred Winter designed a system of rails on the hillsides at Pillagoda whence the sugar was brought down. He lost a fortune in this enterprise. I dont believe my grand aunt,Gertrude Bowman's husband ever received a VC or went to war.This I shall verify. I know for certain that one of her son's fought in WW1 as did her brother, Rev. Charles Winter. If any of them won such a high honour as the VC we should have heard of it.The factory at George Winter's Baddegama Estate continues to manufacture, filling the air with the fragrence of tea. .Alas, the fine house built of granite at Pillagoda is in a very parlous and shocking condition neglected for years by managment companies although profits roll in from rubber and tea.No compensation has yet been given since it was acquired in 1971. No youth village was ever formed but it was run by the Co-operative Movement twice.Very unappropriately, all the family investment in the area since 1841 has never been acknowledged by any Govt. of any hue and the Winters of the area watch their beloved home deteriorate with the passing years unable to stop the rot nor reside in the home lovingly built by their grandfather Alfred where local Tamils took refuge during my father's time.The family homes of all the Bowman's and Winter's were acquired by the State. Some of the very few planting families to retain their homes were the Hettiaratchis, Mrs Manel being Simon Abeywickrema's daughter. Vernon of the Abeysundera's also lived in the area.Of all the planting families, we alone received nothing.If anyown knows the name of Dr. Wickremanayake who practised near the NOH, Amangalla Hotel please me know as he was such a dear person.