Saturday, July 14, 2012

The memory of the petrol station & garage

Local petrol stations once dotted the urban landscapes of towns and cities, but they are becoming a rare sight as we move into the 21st century.  These example is within the Launceston central business district.  Whilst it's original use as a petrol station seized quite some time ago, it's great to see the original Post War design fabric still in-tact.  The overhang at the entry and the square windows of the garage are all period examples that tell a story of a petrol station style that was so common and is becoming a rare sight.  The original billboard mast also still remains intact.  This station is for sale, it will be interesting to see if the period features remain intact.


  1. Love the pole supporting the driveway canopy

  2. i remember stopping in here quite a few times when i first moved to Launceston 12 years ago - one of the few independent stations that managed to keep prices low thanks to volume. only last year found out that a guy i worked with owned this station for a few years in the mid 80s.

    i, like you, hope whoever purchases this site keeps the building fairly intact.

  3. I was looking for Deco architecture that was connected with 1930s ships, cars and trains. Most of my examples for petrol stations and bus depots came from the USA, but I would love to refer the students to your Tasmanian examples. Many thanks.

  4. Thanks Helen for your comment and referring your students to my site. You may also be interested to know that I have other examples of post war/deco stations including petrol stations and a bus depot (recently heritage listed) that I am yet to post about.


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