One of the most heart-warming stories associated with the current Queensland floods is the gift from the Sri Lankan government of a large consignment of black tea. The people of Sri Lanka remember the assistance given to them by Australians after the 2004 tsunami, which had a terrible impact on the small island nation, and it is wonderful of them to reciprocate in Queenslanders’ hour of need.
Tea has been an important industry in Sri Lanka for over a century. In 1983 the Ceylon Tea Promotion Bureau donated this detailed model of a tea factory to the Powerhouse to represent that industry. Next time you enjoy a cup of tea, spare a thought for the victims of the floods and tsunami, and ponder how the experience of disaster can strengthen the bonds between people across the world.
You can donate to the QLD flood relief appeal here.