Story: Energy supply and use

Oil on show, 1910

Oil on show, 1910

A sales team working for the Colonial Oil Company sell Pratts Motor Spirit and Benzine (petrol), Vacuum lubricating oils, and White Rose kerosene at an exhibition. They are also selling stoves (on the left) and heaters (behind the stoves). In 1910 kerosene and lubricants were still a large part of the oil market. Colonial Oil later became Mobil Oil.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Steffano Webb Collection (PAColl-3061)
Reference: 1/1-009071; G
Photograph by Steffano Francis Webb

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Megan Cook, 'Energy supply and use - Oil consumption', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 October 2022)

Story by Megan Cook, published 11 Mar 2010