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User: Vacuum Oil Co

Oil Refiner and Supplier

Address: Elizabeth St, Hobart, TAS.

             Salamanca Place, Hobart, TAS

Revenue Use:


1920 Series Roulette: 2d, 4d, 6d.

1955 Series Roulette: 1d, 2d, 3d, 4d, 5d, 6d, 1/-.

Rarity Scale:


1920 Series Roulette: 2d R4, 4d R4, 6d R3.

1955 Series Roulette: 1d R4, 2d R2, 3d R3, 4d R4, 5d R4, 6d R4, 1/- R2.


Background: Vacuum Oil started operating in the United States in the 1860 and in 1895 became the first oil company to be established in Australia. Up until that time foreign oil products were marketed in Australia via agents.


Vacuum Oil first opened offices in Melbourne and they were incorporated in 1904. In 1908 they merged with the Colonial Oil Company and they progressively expanded throughout Australia with offices, processing and distribution facilities in Sydney, Townsville, Perth, Fremantle, Port Adelaide, Newcastle, Hobart and other locations. In 1924 they opened a bulk terminal at Pulpit Point in Sydney.


They opened processing facilities in Altona (Melbourne) in 1940 and at Port Stanvac (South of Adelaide) in 1963.


In 1930 the US parent company merged with Standard Oil to become Socony Vacuum and later Socony Mobil but the Australian operation remained Vacuum Oil until it changed its name to Mobil Oil Australia in 1963.


Device: The device was located in Hobart and it is the only Vacuum Oil device found used in Tasmania. The device was a single head format and was one of 3 (possibly 5) similar devices put into service by Vacuum Oil between the 1920’s and late 1940’s.


As with other similar Vacuum Oil devices that were introduced together these 3 (possibly 5) devices have been considered to be a single pattern in previous references. This is not the case and they are certainly separate, albeit similar, devices as they have clear differences in pin location that are consistent to patterns from a single location. Further the devices have overlapping remote usage. The other similar devices were located in Brisbane, Melbourne and two yet to be confirmed locations.


This Hobart device is found on revenues stamps of Tasmania as well as postage stamps of Australia for the period 1938-1958.


For more information about Vacuum Oil devices see the “Study of Vacuum Oil Patterns used in Australia” under the Perfins Research tab at


Related patterns: Refer to other Vacuum Oil Company patterns in:






SA:     VO/CO.a, VO/CO.b, VO/CO.c, VOCO.d


VIC:  VOCO.a, VOCO.b, VO/CO.a, VO/CO.b


WA:   MOA.a, VOCO.a, VOCO.b, VO/CO.a


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