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Soap Dish - Ceramic, circa 1880 (Reconstructed) Reg. No: LL 079240
- This soap dish has been reconstructed from four fragments. It was excavated during one of the archaeological digs conducted the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003.
Health and hygiene.
'Cleanliness is next to Godliness'. This is a difficult maxim to follow when 'there is not one bath in sixty', when sewerage gathers in cesspits and open drainage channels line the streets.But the residents of Little Lon did practice personal hygiene. Archaeologists have uncovered toothbrushes and toothpaste pots, scent bottles, soap dishes, combs and hairbrushes.
Clean teeth and neat hair did not guarantee good health however. Doctors were expensive, so ordinary people had to rely on medicines like Holloway's Ointment and Hall's Vegetable Pain Conqueror as well as Chinese herbal remedies. Children were dosed weekly with the laxative castor oil, to keep their bowels regular.
- 4 fragments of small oval shaped ceramic dish. Blue & white underglaze, transfer printed scenic design on base, floral on rim. Scene shows people in foreground and hills in background. No manufacturers mark. There is a view of people, tower, lake and mountains, with a floral border. It has been reconstituted and is now 95% complete. No mark.
|Discipline:||Archaeology - Historical|
|Dimensions:||35 mm (Height), 165 mm (Width), 135 mm (Length)|
|Themes this item is part of:||Little Lon, Little Lon Collection|
|On Display at:||Melbourne Museum|
|Primary Classification:||HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY|
|Trench Unit Number:||57/13/49|