Insect Powder

Country
Australia
State/Province
Victoria
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Description
Coated steel cylinder, wrapped in original paper label, unused - still contains powder. Paper torn at bottom and wearing out on the edges; no colour fading. Colour scheme is black, red, gold and white with a decorative Rocke, Tompsitt & Co. coat of arms sticker seal on top of the cylinder.
Classification
CH classification DOMESTIC EQUIPMENT Pest Control insect powder
Production place
Measurements
H97 x D45 mm
Media/Materials description
Indeterminate (Paper)
Steel (Metals - Ferrous)
Signature/Marks
REGISTERED \ INSECTIBANE \ EFFECTIVELY \ DESTROYS \ ALL KINDS OF \ INSECTS [caution label and contents]
PROPRIETORS:- ROCKE, TOMPSITT & CO. PTY. LTD., 292-293 FLINDERS ST.\ MELB. QUEENSLAND AGENTS: NOBLE'S LTD., EAGLE STREET, BRISBANE [company logo]
History and use
Insectibane was the brand name given to a pyrethrum insect powder manufactured by Australian manufacturing chemists Rocke, Tompsitt & Co Pty. Ltd. The product was distributed through Queensland Agent Noble’s Pty. Ltd., based at Eagle Street, Brisbane. The powder was marketed as ‘singularly destructive to insects, though harmless to men and animals’. The tin had perforations in the top that allowed the user to sprinkle the powder on surfaces and was commonly used in and around homes.

This object is part of the Marks collection, donated to the Queensland Museum by Dr E.N. Marks. The Marks were a prominent Brisbane family who made significant contributions to the fields of science and medicine.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.
Registration number
H24057

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