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Section 2 - Commercial Overprints

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NEPTUNE.a

User: Neptune Oil Co. Ltd.

Oil Producers & Distributors

Address: Inglis St, Port Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use: 

1932 Series 3d

Rarity Scale:

 

1932 Series 3d R4

Background: The Neptune Oil Company was registered in Australia in 1905 (some sources report 1909 and 1912) but Neptune products had been sold in Australia since about 1894 by a business run by the Kitchen family. This company was purchased by the Lever Group in 1914 and their Motor spirit (petrol) went on sale in 1917 under the “Waratah” brand name. From 1924 it was progressively available in every state through multi brand service stations with the product being packaged into various sized containers from a facility in Brisbane.

In 1926 the Anglo-Dutch, Shell Company purchased the Neptune/Waratah concern and this lead to the creation of Shell Australia. It was not until 1952 that Neptune petrol became available under the “Neptune” brand with its unique 'King Neptune' logo. This was short lived as Shell dropped the name all together in 1959.

Device: Preprinted

Related patterns: Refer to other Neptune patterns in:

QLD:  Other - Section 2 Commercial Overprints: NEPTUNE.a

TAS: Other - Section 2 Commercial Overprints: NEPTUNE.a

VIC: Other - Section 2 Commercial Overprints: N/E/P/T/U/N/E.a

Related patterns: Refer to other Shell patterns in:

NSW: Other - Section 2 Commercial Overprints: Nil

QLD:  Other - Section 2 SHELL.a  SHELL.b  SHELL.c  SHELL.d  SHELL.e

SA:    Other - Section 2 Commercial Overprints: SHELL/CO/LTD.a

 

TAS:  Other - Section 2 Commercial Overprints: SHELL.a  SHELL.b

 

WA:  Other - Section 2 Commercial Overprints: SHELL.a

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N/E/P/T/U/N/E.a

  

User: Neptune Oil Co. Ltd.

Oil Producers & Distributors

Address: Inglis St, Port Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use:

1920-1966 Series (perf 11 issues) 5/-, 10/-, 15/-, £1

Rarity Scale:

 

1920-1966 Series 5/- R2, 10/- R2, £1 R1

Background: See NEPTUNE.a

Device: Handstamped

Related patterns: Refer to other Neptune patterns in:

QLD:  Other - Section 2 Commercial Overprints: NEPTUNE.a

TAS: Other - Section 2 Commercial Overprints: NEPTUNE.a

VIC: Other - Section 2 Commercial Overprints: NEPTUNE.a

Related patterns: Refer to other Shell patterns in:

NSW: Other - Section 2 Commercial Overprints: Nil

QLD:  Other - Section 2 SHELL.a  SHELL.b  SHELL.c  SHELL.d  SHELL.e

SA:    Other - Section 2 Commercial Overprints: SHELL/CO/LTD.a

 

TAS:  Other - Section 2 Commercial Overprints: SHELL.a  SHELL.b

 

WA:  Other - Section 2 Commercial Overprints: SHELL.a

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NORMAN BROS/PTY LTD.a

User: Norman Bros. Pty Ltd.

Stationers & Printers

Address: 60-62 Elizabeth St, Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use: 

1932 Series 3d

Rarity Scale:

 

1932 Series 3d R4

Background:

Mr. Herbert Norman and brother, Mr. Arthur Norman, founded the firm of Norman Bros, in 1898. Herbert, was born at Great Yarmouth, England, and arrived in Melbourne in 1889.

He became a deacon of the Independent Church, Collins street, in 1898, and was appointed a trustee of the Church in 1914, and later became secretary to the trustees. He was the chairman of the Congregational College of Victoria,

Mr. H Norman was a foundation member of the Royal Society of St. George, a member and vice-president of the Philharmonic Society for many years, a trustee of the Melbourne General Cemetery, a member of the Melbourne Rotary Club, and on the council of the Y.M.C.A. for some years. He was president of the Victorian Master Printers' Association and of the Australian Master Printers' Asso- ciation, and wrote a history of printing in Australia.

Device: Handstamped

Related patterns: Nil

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