The final winner of our AJP/RUM ‘Search for Australia’s Oldest Medicine’ campaign has been chosen
The winning entry is from Christian Rossi of Maddington Village Pharmacy, WA, and is three bottles of Clements Nerve & Brain Tonic returned to their pharmacy.
The packaging makes remarkable claims for the range of conditions the tonic may treat, including: weakness, nervousness, debility, premature decay, loss of nerve power and poorness of blood!
Christian says the pharmacy staff searched for the age of the products and they “managed to find an advert in an online search advertising the product in a 1938 newspaper (The Argus, Monday 11 April 1938) on the Trove website”.
He says they “couldn’t bring ourselves to dispose of these relics, so we have placed them in our museum of old bottles from yesteryear (& well of reach children & the public)”.
We’d like to congratulate everyone that has entered this competition. We’ve been amazed by the amount of interest and entrants in this competition.
We will be publishing an online photo gallery of the winners and a range of other entrants