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Carthona, the Bushell family home since 1940

Bushells is Australia's first commercial tea company and is also a coffee manufacturer.


Bushells was founded by Alfred Bushell in 1883, when he opened a tea shop in Queensland. His sons moved the enterprise to Sydney in 1899 and began selling tea commercially, founding Australia's first commercial tea seller.[1] Bushells is produced by Unilever.

Members of the Bushell family acquired the heritage-listed[2] Sydney house, Carthona, in 1940. In 1998, Bushells was purchased by Unilever, and is still owned by them as of 2014. In the 1980s the company diversified its Coffee manufacturing under the Bushells Coffee brand.