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William (Bill) Bennett, age 78, 1930-2008.

Bill Bennett, a highly respected Australian tea and coffee trader of H. A. Bennett & Sons, died in Melbourne, February 9th. Bill started in the tea industry in 1946 as a "pot boy."

In 1950 he traveled to Sri Lanka to work for Heath and Co., the Australian Government appointed tea buyers in the newly re-opened Colombo tea auctions. In 1955, after the period of government tea control in Australia ended, he returned to Melbourne and re-established his father's business H.A. Bennett Tea Coffee and Cocoa, with his brother, Peter and his father Horace. HA. Bennett and Sons is now in the hands of his son Scott but Bill worked there preparing and tasting forward samples of coffee and tea until shortly before his death.

Bill's life is intricately interwoven with Australia's tea and coffee history and Australia's relations with Britain and the end of colonial rule in her tea producing dominions. He takes with him a remarkably colorful era of tea and coffee trading. Bill has been a great mentor and help to many in both the tea and coffee world and never hesitated to share his incredible knowledge. He will be remembered by all for his generosity, his great knowledge and love of the industry and for his wonderful stories of a life well lived in tea and coffee.
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Title Annotation:H. A. Bennett & Sons
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Publication:Tea & Coffee Trade Journal
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Geographic Code:8AUST
Date:Apr 1, 2008
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