Story: Medicines and remedies

Frederick Tuckett's medicine chest

Frederick Tuckett's medicine chest

This medicine chest belonged to surveyor Frederick Tuckett, who brought it with him to New Zealand in 1841. It contains medicinal substances common at the time, such as sal volatile (used as smelling salts to revive people who had fainted) and camphor (used to treat coughs and colds). The drawers hold more bottles and equipment used to prepare medicines, including a pestle, funnel and measuring jug.

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How to cite this page:

Pauline Norris and Rosemary Beresford, 'Medicines and remedies - Plants, pills and poultices before 1900', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/object/28216/frederick-tucketts-medicine-chest (accessed 24 January 2022)

Story by Pauline Norris and Rosemary Beresford, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 23 May 2018, updated 1 Apr 2020