Faulding's Diphtheria Powder Glass Vial


Faulding's Diphtheria Powder Glass Vial

In 1872 an epidemic of diphtheria enveloped the world, and it is reported that in Australia each year 600 persons, mainly children perished from the disease. This included many Chinese gold miners, and as a result, Chinese herbalists in Australia developed a powder believed to cure the disease. This formula was then manufactured by the South Australian company Faulding. Dr. Blair of the Victorian Medical Society analysed the powder and stated that the powder contained: "alum, carbonate of lime, nitrate of potash with camphor and mush". Once a vaccine was developed, the powder was no longer used.

This tube from c. 1914 shows some signs of age including cracking on the opening around the cork.

This item is in vintage or antique condition. Please see photographs for evidence of the condition before ordering.

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