Bottle - Dugong Oil

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Bottle - Dugong Oil, the bottle is made out of clear glass and bears a yellow label with black printed text from Chemist Roush, Brisbane.
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L90 x W55 x H220 mm
Media/Materials description
Indeterminate (Glass)
<Printed on Label> 'STANDARDISED \ MEDICINALLY PURIFIED \ DUGONG \ OIL \ For the prevention of Coughs, \ Colds, Bronchitis and all Pulmonary \ Affections. Also valuable in \ Emaciation and Debility arising \ from disease. \ DIRECTIONS. \ ADULTS: 1 tablespoon three \ times a day. \ CHILDREN: in proportion. \ CHEMIST ROUSH \ Brisbane.
<Printed on label > '20 \ fl.ozs.'
<Stamped into base> 'S 578'
History and use
This bottle once contained dugong oil and was retailed by Chemist Roush in Adelaide Street, Brisbane. Dugong oil was used as a remedy for almost any ache, pain, or illness.

Indigenous Australians use the oil in traditional medicine. Until the commercial trade in dugong oil was banned in the mid-1960s, non-indigenous Australians were also using dugong oil for medicinal and cosmetic production purposes.

The bottle represents and documents European adaptation of Indigenous traditional remedies.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.
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