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2008/126/1 Douche, with cardboard box, rubber / plastic / paper, maker unknown, England / Australia, c. 1942. Click to enlarge.

Douche with cardboard box

Made in England, c. 1942.

Contraception has been a dilemma for humanity for as long as we have been aware of the biological process of conception. Methods of contraception have ranged from rituals and natural preparations to the quite physically intrusive. In Australia, conservative attitudes towards sexual issues prevailed until the 1960s when sexual health began to become an issue in public forums. However, some families in the 1940s and 50s were facing issues - economic chief among them - that saw them seeking surer...


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Object Statement

Douche, with cardboard box, rubber / plastic / paper, maker unknown, England / Australia, c. 1942

Physical Description

Douche, with cardboard box, rubber / plastic / paper, maker unknown, England / Australia, c. 1942

A douche, or syringe consisting of a large dark red rubber bulb attached at one end to a semi-rigid black plastic pipe. The pipe has a removable and perforated tip with a black plastic cap. The douche is packaged in a dark red cardboard box with lid. On the top left side of the lid is a label that reads, from 'The Myer Emporium, Melbourne, Door to Door Service'; the date on the label is 2.3.42. On the inside of the lid is a label from Henri Francis and Co Pharmacist, located at the Myer Emporium.



England c. 1942


The douche was made in England by an unknown maker in about 1942. It was packaged and sent by Henry Francis & Co. Chemists from the Myer Emporium Ltd.



The douche was used by the owner - whose daughter donated the object - after she purchased it in 1942. The owner married in 1939 and lived at Benalla, Victoria, and had four daughters between 1940 and 1952. The owner was Presbyterian, and the douche was used for family planning.


Credit Line

Gift of Anonymous, 2008

Acquisition Date

18 June 2008

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Douche with cardboard box 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 20 January 2020, <>


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