Historical information

Before widespread medical services were available, most families kept a medicine cupboard of home remedies, or medications made by the local chemist. Camphorated oil was commonly used as an inhalant, or as a chest rub for those suffering from colds or flu. It is a forerunner of the modern Vicks VapoRub.


Local. it is of interest that this bottle was manufactured in NSW.

Physical description

Glass bottle (full) containing camphorated oil. Cork is in place in neck of bottle. Tied-on leather label white with red lettering.

Inscriptions & markings

Camphorated Oil. V D Johnston, Chemist. 8 Bayswater Road, Darlinghurst. 260 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst.