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In NZ the British Imperial Oil Co. Ltd. purchased land and began selling motor spirit.

However the Company soon after was either bought out by, or changed its name to the Shell Oil Co. of N.Z. Ltd.

At its peak the company appears to have distributed two brands - "Shell" and "Big Tree".

According to 1 of the early drivers the product was identical & his truck had removable side boards with the 2 brands painted on them

The boards were "switched" in accordance with the brand purveyed by the next retailer to be visited (The EARLY 1920's ? "Big Tree" petrol tanker whose photo-image I borrowed off of the WWW seems to belie that story somewhat ? Who knows ? I am no "expert" :-)

Mostly the Big Tree business seemed to have been handled by A.S. Patterson & Co. who sold (amongst other things) Big Tree Motor Spirit, Big Tree Motor Oil, Big Tree Kerosine

Many advertising items were produced to promote this most collectable brand, both here in New Zealand, & also in Australia

I have reproduced the most authoratative article that I have ever found (written by a UK collector Alan Brookland) THANKS Alan who has a GREAT WEBSITE

ONLY the gas can & it's "BIG TREE" Brass cap for sale in my listing

The CAN has (obviously) been "sympathetically restored" & comes-along FREE with the very rare cap, if my reserve is met ?

This is the FIRST & ONLY "Big Tree" BRAND marked gas-can cap that I have EVER SEEN

A very knowledgeable & friendly British motoring memorabilia dealer that I have met & bought-from on several occasions at UK Petrol-Head events "informed me" (incorrectly, it now seems) that the Big Tree running board gas cans DID NOT come with anything other than a PLAIN (unbranded) Brass gas-can cap

I will take images of this (if unsold) over to see him when I again visit there this year
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