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: