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About Bells 1950s Milk Bar

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Jan 6, 2015 About Bells, Bells TV, Discover Broken Hill, History of Bells , , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

Check out this video featuring milk bar crusader,  Jason King talking about why Bells is an important part of Broken Hill and Australian history. Do you have a story so share about Bells, Broken Hill or any other milk bar or cafe?  Drop us a line in the comments section or email drink@bellsmilkbarcom.au.   For more videos on Broken Hill visit www.mybrokenhill.tv For more information about Broken hill visit www.brokenhillaustralia.com.au  

Footpath Patrol

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Oct 19, 2014 History of Bells, Life in the 1950s, Milk Bar Stories , , , , , , 0 Comments

Born in 1956 with the ‘Rock n Roll’ era in full ‘swing’, the milk bar and ‘Jukebox’, was the teenager’s meeting place; either after school, (on sick days), or after sport, on weekends. Being the youngest I was restricted to the footpath (so not to cramp whatever style my brother and his mates possessed.  Most corner shops would make milkshakes but it wasn’t the same. I soon progressed to motorbikes/cars so ‘Beefy’s’ drive/dinner was the go in the seventies.  To this day I hold a grudge that I missed a period, that Milk Bar Age, so it was so great [...]

About Bells Syrups & Cordials

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Feb 5, 2014 History of Bells, Latest News, Milk Bar Stories , , , , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Bells original 1950’s recipe syrups and cordials… Handmade in Broken Hill Outback NSW CLICK HERE to BUY SYRUPS & CORDIALS People have been travelling from far and wide to Bells Milk Bar for ‘out of this world’ malted milks and soda spiders for generations.  Once upon a time, many old milk bars and cafes in Australia made the bases for all their drinks by hand.  At Bells, all our authentic syrups are still handmade to Les Bell’s Famous Secret Recipe here on the premises in Patton Street – just like they have since 1892 when the shop was founded by [...]

Bells History 101

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Jan 17, 2014 About Bells, Discover Broken Hill, History of Bells, Milk Bar Stories , , , , , , , , , , , , 4 Comments

Bells Milk Bar started out as a small confectionery store called ‘F. Fenton Confectioner’ in 1892.  The original building was situated on the same site that Bells now occupies.  Frederick Fenton was also a cordial maker.  Mr Fenton hired John Joseph Longman as his apprentice. By 1908, Fenton still owned the store, but Longman was left in charge of the Patton Street store.  Eventually Longman acquired the business. Les Bell’s mother, Minnie Pearl Davis joined the business in 1903, as an apprentice cordial maker, and later married Mr Longman. Minnie Pearl had three children to Longman: Eric, Robert and Eunice.  [...]