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Medicine Bottle - Godfrey's Mixture, circa 1860 Object Reg. No: SH 850351

Bottle of Godfrey's Mixture used in the pharmacy of a mental health hospital in Victoria Australia circa 1860. It contained laudenum (an opiate) and treacle and was used as a sedative.
Small, clear, glass apothecary's bottle is standard medicine bottle shape. Oblong base, straight sides (front and back 3 times as broad), rounded shoulders, narrow, fairly short neck with protruding lip. Sealed with a crumbling cork. Hospital label on front for Godfrey's Mixture. Some dark brown liquid (mixed with disintegrated cork) in bottom of bottle.
Note: cork is loose. The mixture may contain laudanum which is an S9 Scheduled Poison/Drug or chloral hydrate (S4) and digitalis (S4) (from formula sheet SH 850639).
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Office of Psychiatric Services, 1985
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 18.00 cm (Height), 6.50 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: bottles, hospitals, psychiatric services, opiates, making history - psych services
Themes this item is part of: Psychiatric Services Collection, Medicine in Society Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Mental Health - Pharmacy
Tertiary Classification: pharmaceuticals
Inscriptions: THE DRAUGHT/Mist.Godfrey/to be taken as directed/Ward MRW - printed label with writing in faded ink on front of bottle
Place & Date Used: Victoria, Australia, circa 1860

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