Penicillin, pack with 4 ampoules, "Penaquacaine G", brand of procaine penicillin G from CSL. Penicillin product from the 1950's. manufactured by Commonwealth Serum Laboratories, Parkville

Physical Description

Yellow box with red printed inscriptions containing 4 glass ampoules with silver metal lids and containing white powder.


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.

More Information

  • Collection Names

    CSL (Commonwealth Serum Laboratories) Collection

  • Collecting Areas

    Medicine & Health

  • Acquisition Information

    Donation from CSL Ltd (Commonwealth Serum Laboratories), 24/03/2004

  • Manufacturer

    CSL Ltd (Commonwealth Serum Laboratories), circa 1950s

  • Inscriptions

    On top of box: "PENAQUACAINE G" / BRAND OF PROCAINE PENICILLIN G / FOR AQUEOUS SUSPENSION POISON No Antiseptic Added / SET OF 5 BOTTLES EACH CONTAINING 900,000 UNITS PROCAINE PENICILLIN On side of box, handwritten in pencil: 11/2/55 Returned by D Cain - [Illeg.] 386/9/168 / Please leave - ERH Clarke[?signature] 25/2/55 On individual bottles: "PENAQUACAINE G" / BRAND OF / PROCAINE PENICILLIN G / FOR AQUEOUS SUSPENSION / FOR INTRAMUSCULAR INJECTION ONLY / POISON / No Antiseptic Added / Use Only Under Medical Supervision / CONTENTS 3,000,000 UNITS PROCAINE / PENICILLIN / BATCH No. PM.43,N / Commonwealth Serum Laboratories, Melb., Aust.

  • Classification

    Medicine & health, Bacteriology, Pharmaceuticals

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline


  • Type of item


  • Overall Dimensions

    183 mm (Width), 45 mm (Depth), 68 mm (Height)
    Dimensions of box only. Dimensions of individual bottle: Height: 62mm; Diameter: 32mm

  • Keywords

    Bottles, Infectious Diseases, Medical Research, Penicillin