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Service Station & Oil Company Info


At some point in time, all drivers look down at the gauge which is marked either GAS, Petrol or a Pictogram of a fuel bowser and wondered just how far will the car go when the needle is on E and that little orange light is glowing. 

At the first opportunity, we steer into a Service Station pop the fuel door and fill the car with the fuel of choice.  If we have time we may clean the glass or check the tyres but more often than not we pay and are gone again, all in the space of ten to fifteen minutes.
Now let us go back to the late 1960's early 1970's when Mum  or Dad would steer into the local Amoco, Shell Mobil, Esso or Golden Fleece just to name a few of the choices which were available.  The local Servo or service station was as much a part of the local community or suburb  as the family butcher.  People developed a relationship with the team of men and women who came to the window to confirm how many gallons of Standard or Super were required, at 20 to 50 cents per gallon $5.00  filled most cars.
While one attendant filled the tank another would come along to clean the windscreen and check the air in the tyres and all of this with a brilliant smile and a comment on the  weather.

The oil oversupply and general upheaval in the Middle East oil producing nations flowed on to Australia around 1973 in the form of petrol reaching the lofty price of $1.00 per gallon.   Australia's love affair with the car was about to take off in a new  direction, by the second half of the decade the first Self Service Petrol Station was operating in Victoria.  

Oil and Fuel companies tried many avenues to regain profits and market share. For the first time, motorists were able to look at the large signs on the forecourt and see at a glance the price of petrol.
 Petrol pricing wars followed and inevitably some smaller operators were forced out of business.  The small service station was not the only casualty of the price war, many big brands which had been supplying fuel for decades were acquired by other brands and familiar names like Golden Fleece disappeared.

We hope you enjoy this presentation and explore the different sections which give you some more information  and insight into the oil companies which helped power Australia's future. We always try to get it right and research our facts however if you find an error or would like to add a comment please feel free to contact us.
Downs Motor Garage
Warwick Qld  c.1908
1928 Atlantic Union Oil Co
launched their new  motor spirit in Sydney
1962 Atlantic Oil changes its name to Esso  Standard Oil
1940s Esso Drop man was created by danish artist Vilhelm Hansen
1964 Bob Jones creates the Exxon tiger image used by Esso
1990 Esso sells the retail
and distribution business
in  Australia to Mobil 
Feb 1895 Vacuum Oil opened in Melbourne
1916 Plume brand petrol
first sold in Melbourne
In 1955 Vacuum became Socony Mobil Oil Company.
1956  Mobil Oil is the
Oil of choice for the
RMS  Queen Elizabeth
May 2010 Mobil ends retail operations in Australia &
sells 295 Service stastions
to the 7 11 Group 
1936 the Australian
Motorists Petrol Company
is founded in Sydney
Operated by HC Sleigh
until Merged with Caltex
in 1981.
Purr Pull Oil
In 1954 H.C. Sleigh took over Purr Pull Industries Pty Ltd
1909 Neptune Oil Company was formed in Melbourne.
Merged with  the Shell
Oil Co in 1975
1913 Castrol Motor Oil is
marketed in Australia
In 1899 Castrol was founded by Charles “Cheers” Wakefield under the name of ‘CC Wakefield & Company’.