Historical information

The photographic developers were used to develop plates, films and lantern slides. They had to be mixed as per instructions on the bottles and boxes. These may have been used by an individual or by a local school or organisation.


Wilma Davies a long term resident of the Kiewa Valley donated this photographic equipment.

Physical description

5 yellow with black print cardboard boxes with 2 bottles (pairs) in each. Box: 1 larger clear glass rectangular shaped bottle has white 'tablets' and a white-gold sealed screw lid. Smaller bottle: brown glass, oval shaped with push in cork lid and holding small brown tablets. There are: 3 Hydroquinone Developer boxes each with '40 pairs' and the 2 separate bottles (described above) without a box. 1 Metol-Quinol Developer with '22 pairs' and 1 Amidol Developer with '22 pairs'.

Inscriptions & markings

Yellow box with black print on all 6 sides including Directions. Large bottle - Includes - Hydroqinone (Quinol) Accelarator (black print on yellow label) around 3 sides of bottle and a white label with Caution in red on the 4th side. Small bottle - Includes - Tabloid Hydroquinone (Quinol) (black print on yellow label) around 3 quarters of bottle.