Historical information

This book contains prescriptions made up by the Warrnambool chemist, Michael Ryan. The prescriptions date from 1867 to 1872.. The entries include the name of the customer, the details of the prescription and the directions for use of the tablets or potions. Michael Ryan, born in Ireland, established his business in the Apothecaries Hall in Timor Street, Warrnambool in 1867 and sold it in 1877.


This book is of great interest as an example of a Warrnambool chemist's business in the 19th century. It also is an important social record of one aspect of the health of the residents in the district at that time, detailing the medicines prescribed and taken.

Physical description

This is a ledger with a heavy cardboard cover. The spine is almost entirely missing and the cover is tattered. The pages contain handwritten entries in black ink.

Inscriptions & markings

Apothecaries Hall
Prescription Book
M. J. Ryan
Pharmaceutical Chemist