Packet of Bex Powders

Made by Beckers Pty Ltd in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1965-1975.

Bex pills and powders are an Australian cultural icon immortalized in the title of a 1960s Philip Street Theatre review, itself borrowed from the vernacular: ‘A cup of tea, a Bex and a good lie down’. And while everyone knew that the analgesic properties of the aspirin, phenacetin and caffeine in Bex and Vincent’s Powders were used by Australian housewives to help them get through the day, it took a doctor newly arrived from South Africa in the 1960s, Priscilla Kincaid-Smith, to recognise that t...


Medication and packaging, 'Bex Powders', medicated powder / paper, made by Beckers Pty Ltd, Australia, [1965-1975]

A box containing 'Bex Powders'. The cardboard Bex Powders box is printed in the distinctive blue, yellow and black livery of this brand. It contains 10 of the original 12 doses of powder, each individually wrapped in a paper. Text on the box indicates that 'Each 14 gr. powder contains 42% aspirin 42% phenacetin and caffeine (citrate)'. There are directions for use and the powders are recommended for 'headache, neuralgia, influenza, lumbago, rheumatism, sciatica and all nerve pains'.


30 mm
81 mm
30 mm


According to the packet the Bex Powders were made by:
Beckers Pty Ltd
Cnr Crown and Campbell Streets
Beckers Pty Ltd 1965-1975


Gift of Overseas Medical Mission, St Vincent de Paul Society, 2003
12 November, 2003

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Packet of Bex Powders 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 November 2017, <>
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This object is currently on display in Recollect: Health & Medicine at the Powerhouse Museum.
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