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Bottle - Medicine, Glass, W. E. Woods Ltd, circa 1880 Archaeology Reg. No: LL 62517

This glass medicine bottle was excavated at Casselden Place in 2003. It was manufactured by W. E. Woods Ltd. and was machine made. It contained "Wood's Great Peppermint Cure" which was used for the relief o coughs and colds.

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.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Heritage Victoria, 2005
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 54.0 mm (Height), 48.0 mm (Width), 51 mm (Diameter)

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Tagged with: bottles, u624, u 6 2 3, making history - little lonsdale street
Themes this item is part of: Little Lon, Little Lon Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
Secondary Classification: (To Be Classified)
Tertiary Classification: (to be classified)
Activity: pharmaceutical
Specific Activity: bottle
Lot Area Unit: 33B/2/632
Inscriptions: Mark 386
Manufacturer: Wood


Sherly Posted on 06 Aug 2014 2:09 PM

I was looking for any information about Woods' for my school project.
Is it true that Woods' cough syrup was originally made in Australia?
Do you have any information when does the first production of this product?
I will be very grateful for any response.
Murray Frost Posted on 07 Mar 2015 5:46 PM
WE Woods Ltd was a company formed about 1960.
Woods Great Peppermint Cure started in the 1890s, in Wellington New Zealand by William E Woods, a chemist and Druggist. By 1900s, Woods Great peppermint Cure had a branch in Australia, then South Africa, then England. All operations for the manufacture of Woods Great Peppermint Cure was moved to Australia in 1960. They manufactured in Australia till sold by the Woods family to an overseas company. The bottle in the picture is dated about the 1940s, 1950s.

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