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87/1035 Penicillin ampoules (4) and packaging, penicillin powder / glass / paper / cardboard, Commonwealth Serum Laboratories, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1944. Click to enlarge.

Ampoules and packaging by Commonwealth Serum Laboratories

Made
These are early examples of penicillin produced by the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories in Melbourne in 1944. The discovery, development and subsequent use of penicillin can be considered one of the most important breakthroughs in medical history. It was an international innovation with major contributions from Australians.

Penicillin works by preventing large numbers of germs from growing. As it is an organic substance it can be used on, or in, the human body. It was the first antibiotic and …

Summary

Object No.

87/1035

Object Statement

Penicillin ampoules (4) and packaging, penicillin powder / glass / paper / cardboard, Commonwealth Serum Laboratories, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1944

Physical Description

Four sealed glass ampoules containing deteriorated remains of penicillin. The ampoules are stored in their original packaging, a salmon-coloured cardboard box lid and base with internal divisions to hold five ampoules. A label on the box lid bears the text, 'Commonwealth Serum Laboratories, Long Term Potency N48-1, Stored at 0°C, 20-11-44'.

Dimensions

Height

45 mm

Width

198 mm

Depth

212 mm

Weight

350 g

Production

Notes

The penicillin samples were produced by Commonwealth Serum Laboratories in 1944 and are marked as being sealed on 30/10/1944.

The samples were produced in the first year of penicillin production in Australia and was the first country in the world to make penicillin available to civilians in 1944.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Commonwealth Serum Laboratories, 1987

Acquisition Date

10 August 1987

Cite this Object

Harvard

Ampoules and packaging by Commonwealth Serum Laboratories 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 17 October 2021, <https://ma.as/69111>

Wikipedia

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