Summary

Penicillin, bottle, "Commonwealth" No D.201 from the 1950's. Manufactured by Commonwealth Serum Laboratories, Parkville

Physical Description

Small glass bottle with silver metal cap containing approximately 30mL of white coloured powder. Label is printed in purple ink on cream label.

Significance

In 1944 CSL responded immediately to the penicillin discoveries made by the Australian Dr Howard Florey, and his team, in Oxford. CSL supplied the Australian forces and some Americans serving in the Pacific. Using CSL supplies, Australia was the first country in the world to supply penicillin freely to civilians.

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