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Monday 27 July 2015  

Melbourne a key player in Mobil’s 120-year history

In June 1979, well before Mobil fuel pumped through 7-Eleven stations, free groceries were handed out to members of the public to celebrate the first Mobil ‘4Square Food Mart’ in Melbourne.

This is just one of the thousands of fascinating memories made since Australia’s first oil company opened its door at 9 Queen Street, Melbourne, in February 1895.

To celebrate Mobil Oil Australia’s 120 year anniversary, the company is reaching out to the broader community to find more nostalgic moments like these.

Similar uncovered gems will be used to form part of a special commemorative book titled “Then, Now and Tomorrow” – telling the stories behind the brand’s rich Australian history from its origins as Vacuum Oil until today.

Until Monday 17 August 2015, members of the public are invited to send in and share anecdotes, articles and imagery that can help provide different perspectives on how Mobil’s support of transportation, mining, agriculture, manufacturing, marketing and engineering has helped to fuel a nation.

$100 Fuel cards will be awarded to submissions that make it in to the book.

Mobil’s Australian Retail Sales Manager, Kim MacMillan, said, “We want to celebrate our 120-year journey by involving local communities that have helped us grow, and have been part of the ride for well over a century.

“Submissions could be anything from capturing the colour of a local sponsorship or worthy community project in their township, a historic photo of a family member who worked at one of our refineries, or even the development of a community as its manufacturing capabilities grew - you just never know what gems are out there.”

The book is being supported and curated by one of Engineers Australia’s esteemed National Council members, former Mobil employee and Chartered engineer, John McIntosh.

The finished book will be gifted to local libraries and schools for educational use.

To upload a photo or story, simply upload an electronic JPEG file via or post a photo or story with your name and contact details before 19 August 2015 to Fleur Williamson, PR Edge, Level 9, 650 Chapel Street, South Yarra Melbourne 3121.

Please note: If you’d like your photograph returned, please include a self-addressed envelope for return.




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