The Shop in the Bush is lucky to have a great team working tirelessly behind the scenes.
Before becoming an Antique Dealer, Ben had a 20-year successful career as an opera singer, lecturer, and conductor in the United States where he achieved a Masters of Music from the University of Connecticut. Now, after many international adventures, he enjoys a more peaceful life back home in Tasmania. Having acquired the business from his in-laws almost a decade ago, Ben has embraced the challenge of selling Antiques and never looked back! An avid lover of history, reading, and the outdoors, Ben can be often found mountain-biking, sailing, bushwalking, windsurfing, fishing, or flying. It is rare for the dust to settle on Ben or his Antiques.
Lily is Ben’s daughter and has helped out at The Shop since she can remember. She is currently completing an Arts degree at the University of Melbourne. With an eye for aesthetics & a love for vintage items, she is enjoying the challenge of this online venture. In her spare time, Lily loves to do yoga and spend time at the beach.
Ingrid Mitchell, a proud Tasmanian, has lived at Germantown near St Marys with her husband since 1986. She is drawn to sparkling things; chandeliers, diamonds, crystal, but her favourite thing is to arrive at the Shop after a few days away and ”find” the treasure that has arrived since her last visit. Her background is in hospitality and administration but since arriving at the Shop in 2017 she has considered herself retired because, as Winston Churchill said, “If you find a job you love, you’ll never work again.”
Upon leaving school in the sixties in the UK, Beryle found herself selling Doulton, Wedgwood, Waterford and Orrefors in a prestigious department store. She went on to pursue a prosperous career in education, and later in marine engineering. Now, she is happily semi-retired in St Helens and has been working at The Shop since 2012 where she has rekindled her love of Antiques and History. Beryle loves the reward of helping customers find their perfect item.