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B2606-23 Can (1 of 31), 'Neptune Windmill Lubricating Oil', metal, Neptune Oil Company, Australia, 1910-1950. Click to enlarge.

An oil can for 'Neptune Windmill Lubricating Oil'

Early cars used the slippery by-products of crude oil to stop the moving metal parts inside the engine from seizing up and to also carry away heat. As the numbers of cars increased companies were formed to supply them oil and petrol and in the 1930s attempts were made to standardise the performance of oil and petrol world-wide.

The Society of Automobile Engineers in the United States of America set these standards by defining engine oil viscosity at 100 degrees centigrade. Some like this …

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Object Statement

Can (1 of 31), 'Neptune Windmill Lubricating Oil', metal, Neptune Oil Company, Australia, 1910-1950

Physical Description

Oil can, 'Neptune Windmill Lubricating Oil', metal, made by the Neptune Oil Company, Australia, 1910-1950

Rectangular oil can made of metal. Painted on four sides of the can is 'Neptune Windmill Lubricating Oil' advertising and instructions in blue, green, cream and red. The can is rusted and on the upper surface is a carrying handle and a small, circular screw lid. On the centre of the base is a large patch of green paint. The can is one imperial gallon.


On the front and back of the can is 'NETT CONTENTS I IMPERIAL GALLON. / TRADE MARK / NEPTUNE / WINDMILL OIL HEAVY / LUBRICATING / OIL / NEPTUNE OIL CO LIMITED / SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, PORT ADELAIDE. / NORTH FREMANTLE, BRISBANE.'. On the left side of the can is 'NEPTUNE OIL / CO.LTD. / For Steam Cylinder Lubrication, / USE "Neptune" Express / Cylinder Oil. / For Cylinders of Oil or Petrol / Engines, / USE "Neptune" Oil Engine / Cylinder Oil. / For Reaper and Binder Work, / USE "Neptune" Reaper and / Binder Oil. / For Stripper, Harvester, or / Heavy Work, / Use "Neptune" Engine / Castor Oil. / For Lubrication of Light / Machinery where medium body / is required, / USE "Neptine" No.1 Har- / vester Oil. / For Hand Separators, / USE "Neptune" Hand / Separator Oil. / For preserving Harness and keeping it / pliable, ask for "Neptune" No.1 Leather Dressing / Oil (for tan coloured harness). / SYDNEY, MELBOURNE / PORT ADELAIDE, NORTH FREMANTLE / BRISBANE'. On the right hand side of the can is 'NEPTUNE OIL / CO. LTD. / "NEPTUNE" BRAND / Lubricating Oils are specially / manufactured to meet all re- / quirements surrounding the / Proper and Eddicient Lubrica- / tion of Farm and Harvesting / Machinery. Being made to / suit Australian Conditions- / "Neptune" Oils do not "thin out" / under Summer heat, conse- / quently are most economical. / For Lubrication of Bearings / of all kinds "Neptune" Engine / Castor is most strongly / recommended as possessing / exceptional body; it will give / the maximum amount of / Lubrication on a minimum / consumption. / For Steam Cylinders use / "Neptune" Express Grade. / For Cylinders of Oil Engines / use "Neptune" Oil Engine / Cylinder Oil. / We produce other guides for special purposes / for particulars of which read other side. / SYDNEY, MELBOURNE / PORT ADELAIDE, NORTH FREMANTLE / BRISBANE.'.



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An oil can for 'Neptune Windmill Lubricating Oil' 2023, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 March 2023, <>


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