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: 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:


  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?

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

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

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

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