Servo: Great Australian Service Stations

by Jim Sonter

On Sale: 01/08/2011



About the Book

A nostalgic look back at a time when the iconic Aussie service station wasn't exactly the same as the one down the road. From Toodyay in the west to Sydney's suburban Balmain, Jim Sonter's been there, visited the servo, and taken the picture.

the first service stations appeared in Australia in the 1910s and increased dramatically in number over the country post World War II when motor vehicle production boomed. they popped up in little country towns to enable the motorist to travel further abroad. Back then they were not branded as they are now, each had its own style, its own flair and stocked more than one brand of fuel. this collection of photographs started on a holiday in 1982 when Jim Sonter saw the 1930s art deco servo, Bingara Motors, in NSW and snapped off a shot on his camera. What started as a one-off soon became an obsession and Jim now has over 1000 photos of service stations spanning six decades of Australian history. SERVO contains over 150 photos of servos ranging as far back as the 1910s and Australia's first. What you will notice is that no two servos are alike.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780732292102
  • ISBN 10: 0732292107
  • Imprint: HarperCollins - AU
  • On Sale: 01/08/2011
  • Pages: 192
  • List Price: 19.99 AUD
  • BISAC1: HISTORY / Social History


Jim Sonter has been taking photos of Australian servos for 30 years and has a collection of 1000+ distinctive photos from all across the country. Jim lives in Sydney and works for HarperCollins.

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