Neptune Oil Company was an Australian independent petroleum company based in Melbourne, Victoria. The company was established in 1909 as a privately owned company.[1][2][3][4][5]

Neptune Oil Company
Company typePrivate
FoundedMelbourne, 1909
HeadquartersMelbourne, Victoria
Number of locations
Area served
ProductsMotor Oil and other related products

The company was taken over by the Shell Oil company in 1975.[6]

Distribution edit

In the Australian states, the usual practice was for storage and transport from the local main port, for distribution through the state, with the head offices in the capital city.[7]

In many cases petrol stations with Neptune products were also dealing in second hand cars or other services.[8][9]

A "King Neptune" statue at a Neptune (later Shell) service station was a landmark in the Adelaide suburb of Darlington until 1991.[10] The King Neptune statue now resides at Wills street Birkenhead,inside the gates of the Shell fuel depot.

Publications edit

In the print era of the mid twentieth century, publications and promotions by the company were produced extensively in the 1950s and earlier [11][12][13][14][15][16]

Similarly, like Australia-wide oil retailers of the time, Neptune produced a series of road maps [17][18][19][20]


References edit

  1. ^ "Neptune".
  2. ^ "Gas Maps Plus".
  3. ^ "B2606-23 Oil can, 'Neptune Windmill Lubricating Oil', metal, made by the Neptune Oil Company, Australia, 1910-1950 - Powerhouse Museum Collection".
  4. ^ "Neptune". Archived from the original on 27 February 2016. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Petrol and Oil Company Time Line".
  6. ^ Australia. Trade Practices Commission (1975), Applications by the Shell Company. of Australia Limited and Neptune Oil Company Pty. Limited for authorization pursuant to sub sections 88(1) and 88(6) of the Trade practices act 1974-1975, the Commission, retrieved 20 June 2015
  7. ^ Illustrations Ltd; HRRC (1954), Neptune Motor Oil tanker [picture], retrieved 20 June 2015 - see summary of photo for detail of city address
  8. ^ [1] Pusey and Esberey automotive and diesel engineers and Neptune service station, Great Eastern Highway, Midland [picture]
  9. ^ [2] Neptune service station and garage and used car sales, Stirling Highway, Nedlands [picture
  10. ^ King Neptune Resurfaces Archived 21 June 2015 at the Wayback Machine, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 30 July 2010
  11. ^ Brierley, Alec (1900), Looking back on the early days : with the compliments of the Neptune Oil Company [early Australian history] (11th ed.), Neptune Oil Company, retrieved 20 June 2015
  12. ^ Neptune Oil Company; Brierley, Alex (1956), Looking at sport, Neptune Oil Co, retrieved 20 June 2015
  13. ^ Neptune Oil Company (1970), Neptune lubricants recommendations, Neptune Oil Company, retrieved 20 June 2015
  14. ^ Neptune Oil Company (1950), The flow of oil- : a diagrammatic survey of the petroleum industry, Neptune Oil Co. Pty.Ltd, retrieved 20 June 2015
  15. ^ Neptune Oil Company (1950), Neptune outdoor manual and sports round-up, Neptune Oil Co, retrieved 20 June 2015
  16. ^ Neptune Oil Company (1960), The oozoo book of animals, Neptune Oil Co, retrieved 20 June 2015
  17. ^ Neptune Oil Company (1960), Neptune road map South Australia, Neptune, retrieved 20 June 2015
  18. ^ Neptune Oil Company; Grosser, P. C., (lithographer.) (1958), Neptune road map Queensland, Neptune, retrieved 20 June 2015{{citation}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  19. ^ Neptune Oil Company (1958), Neptune road map Victoria, Neptune, retrieved 20 June 2015
  20. ^ Neptune Oil Company (1960), Neptune road map Tasmania, Neptune Oil Company, retrieved 20 June 2015
  21. ^ Neptune Lease Holder