Emergency Flying ration pack Type 0.2 : water sterilisation tablets

Accession Number REL32576.006
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Foodstuff
Physical description Cardboard, Chemicals, Cork, Cotton wool, Glass, Tin, Wax
Maker Felton, Grimwade and Duerdins Pty Ltd
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1944
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Tin containing two glass ampules of water sterilisation tablets. Tin is plain metal apart from the black lid, on which is printed "STERILIZING OUTFIT / FOR USE WITH / WATER BOTTLES / (KEEP DRY)". The inside of the lid is printed with directions for use, and the bottom of the tin is padded with a small length of corrugated cardboard. The two glass ampules are stoppered with cork which has been sealed with yellow wax. The thinner ampule contains "50 Thio. Tablets" according to the paper label, with a length of cotton wool padding protecting the contents. The thicker ampule contains "50 Sterilizing Tablets", which the paper label warns should be crushed before use. The manufacturer's details are printed on both labels.

History / Summary

Included with RAAF Emergency Flying Ration pack, item S1/2 E27/8, and manufactured by Felton, Grimwade and Duerdins Pty Ltd, a Melbourne-based drug manufacturer. One of the founding members, chemist, botanist and philanthropist Russell Grimwade (who had bought Captain Cook's cottage from the English and had it transported to Melbourne in 1933 as a gift to the Australian people) was also official botanical adviser to the military during the Second World War. In the absence of reliable sources of raw material during wartime, Grimwade grew many source plants on his property, Westerfield. The company of Felton, Grimwade and Duerdins later becaome known as Drug Houses of Australia.

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