Brown apothecary jar containing cerous carbonate (carbolic acid) used in the pharmacy of a mental health hospital in Victoria, Australia, circa 1950. Made: British Drug Houses Ltd. It is used as a low grade disinfectant.

Physical Description

Brown glass apothecary's jar has round, flat base, straight sides, curved shoulder and fairly broad, short neck (H3.5 x 06cm), with black tin screw-on lid. Has yellow and brown label - B.D.H. Cerous Carbonate - on side. Adhesive tape has been placed over label. There are traces of wax (sealer?) around top of jar. Contains only a dusting of white powder.


Example of disinfectatnts used at Victorian mental health hospitals

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