1930's

Beating the depression

While the 1930's is remembered for The Great Depression, it was also a decade of huge technological advances. As motoring became a major part of everyday life, Castrol Australia continued its growth too, opening seven Australian offices to match the company's ad slogan 'the oil that circulates everywhere'

It was also the decade when the Castrol name became synonymous with technological advances. Like our first work on synthetic oils, a breakthrough from which much of today's advanced lubrication has flowed. Castrol Australia more than pulled its weight for the rest of the world as the country became a major testing ground for new Castrol products. Not just in the extremes of the outback, but also through motorsport, with Castrol Australia a regular sponsor of the Australian Grand Prix and signage from Phillip Island to Lobethal. 

The 1930's was also another decade of firsts and world-shrinking pioneering feats. Famed aviator Amy Johnson was famously pictured flying between the half constructed Sydney Harbour Bridge, backed by Castrol on her London to Sydney solo flight. In 1932 Charles Kingsford Smith and Charles Ulm flew the Pacific from San Francisco to Brisbane in under four days and in 1935 Kiwi Jean Batten flew from Australia to England in a little under six days.