On the corner of Hope and Carroll Streets stands a very distinctive industrial building with a bell on top. This is the Bell Tea Company which produced tea for the South Island until 2014. Sadly the owner had to abandon tea production here when it was found to be too costly to upgrade the building to the new standard required after the Christchurch earthquake. (Their Christchurch building was destroyed by the earthquake and subsequently demolished – fortunately no-one was injured).
Dunedin has been producing Bell Tea since 1898 and in this plant from 1924. The company was founded by Norman Harper Bell who was born in Melbourne, Australia and arrived in Dunedin in 1894. The trademark Bell Tea was registered in 1898.
Credit: I gleaned most of this information from an article in the Otago Daily Times 22 April 2014 Bell Tea to close Dunedin factory
Bell Tea Building, Dunedin, New Zealand
Text and Photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2018)