Wollongong Heritage and Stories

Category tag: australian motorlife museum, leisure, transport

fuelling the nation

In the early days of electricity in smaller towns and villages, priority of use was given to essential items such as street lights.  Things such as petrol pumps were operated by hand.

There were many brands of pump and Australian factories played their part in the manufacture of them.  ‘Bowser’ was one manufacturer, but this name has been picked up on and is used generically for all petrol pumps.

This pump is a Wayne brand, made in the USA.  The variety of Wayne pump in this photo is a Corinthian, quite fancy in the day, and very much a collector’s item these days.  It was acquired as a part of the Butler Collection, and was restored by the volunteers at Australian Motorlife Museum.
Australian Motorlife Museum

Integral Energy Recreation Park Darkes Rd Kembla Grange, NSW, 2530

02 4261 4100

Opening Hours

9.30-4.30 each day, with last entry at 4pm.