Is this the oldest pharmacy invoice?
AJP has recently been running, in collaboration with the RUM project, a competition to identify Australia’s oldest medicines being returned to pharmacy’s for disposal.
Among the many amazing entries we received from pharmacy’s around Australia were some historic items that were not medicines, but also very much of interest from a pharmacy perspective.
Bernard Napthine, from Barwon Heads Pharmacy in northern NSW, has sent us an invoice relating to his pharmacy, but dating from 1863. Obviously a long time before he had any direct involvement with the business!
Bernard said: “I have seen some of the “oldest medicines” that have been sent in as part of the discussion about RUM program and it reminded me that I have what I think could be the oldest pharmacy invoice”.
“This was found some years ago now when I was cleaning up the rear of the pharmacy in Queenscliff – originally owned by a Mr. Simpson”.
“Let’s see if anyone can beat April 1863…. ,” he said.
Any ideas on translating the text?