Sunday, October 4, 2015

A brilliant renovated Mobil servo in Kongwak, Gippsland - and a few others

Today we went to the Sunday market in Kongwak, South Gippsland, a tiny farming town in the green hills south of Korumburra. We saw a couple of signs there (see below), but as we went up the main road, I was blown away by this brilliant renovated Mobil service station:



This was exciting. It's the first time I've encountered a 1950s Mobil servo in such pristine condition, especially since the Lewis & Skinner signwriting documents I found (see: www.lewisandskinner.com) record the painting of many of similar servos, eg:



There's very little on this property that I've been able to find online - except for a mention in Trove from 1956.  Interesting though that there still seem to be a lot of Chapmans in Kongwak.

Here are the other signs I snapped from the area:



This looks like it might have been the former sugar mill. The next ones are from the former general store that now hosts the market:




 ...and here's one great old shop I snapped in Korumburra, on the way back to Melbourne:





4 comments:

  1. A renovated service station - the original owners would have never believed that. Is it still used for car repair or has it been converted?

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    1. Hmmm...must find out. Good question.

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    2. Apparently the reno was done by the same family that used to run the servo in the 1950s. It was only restored recently.

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  2. Great finds Stefan and I have missed most of these while visiting friends in Korumburra many times :) Rob

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