Penicillin, bottle, "Commonwealth" No C590, product from the 1950's. Manufactured at Commonwealth Serum Laboratories, Parkville

Physical Description

Small glass bottle with silver metal cap containing yellow substance. Label is printed in red and black ink on white background.


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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