Friend’s collection fuels passion for petrol brand

THE King was in Warrnambool yesterday, along with a few Hobbits and Doctor Spock.
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Everything from Elvis Presley memorabilia, model aircraft, science fiction figurines and movie posters were taken out of lounge rooms and sheds and put on public display as part of the annual Collecta-bool Easter Fair at the Wannon Rooms.

Koroit’s Jerome Fitzgerald had his Shell service station-themed collection on show, including a bowser from the 1960s that has been converted into a fridge. Mr Fitzgerald said he started accumulating Shell items about three years ago after seeing a friend’s Golden Fleece collections.

“I was really interested in it, so rather than going into competition with him, I decided to collect Shell,” he said.

“Most of the items come from swap meets and word of mouth. People find something that’s got the Shell logo on it and give me a call.”

His collection includes an array of embossed oil cans and bottles, badges, maps, uniforms. But the prize piece is a service station attendant’s cap, which dates back to the late 1940s and early ’50s.

“I’ve got some signs that used to go out the front of the service stations at home as well. They were a bit too big to bring,” he said.

Collecta-bool organiser Rick Bayne said 35 exhibitors had their prized collections on display, some selling items and others there simply to show them off.

“We’ve had more than 500 people through the door and they have seemed to enjoy the variety of collections on display,” Mr Bayne said.

Proceeds from the day will be donated to WRAD.

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