Travelling medicines chest

1. Chemist & Druggist (estab. 1859)
2. S S Strutt, Pharmacist (estab. Circa 1850)
3. Cooper & Co, Chemists (estab. Circa 1850)
4. William Ford & Co (estab. 1840, closed Circa 1902)
5. A Stradwick, Pharmaceutical and Dispensing Chemists (estab. Circa 1850)
Circa 1840-1878
Cedar medicine chest which belonged to Dr John Pearson Rowe(1810-1878) from the 1840s to 1878. Square chest with separate compartments for solution bottles, upper section with lift-out tray and lower drawer.

Dr. John Pearson Rowe (1810–1878) was a physician and squatter who owned the 'Loyola Run' (also known as Mount Battery) near Mansfield. Reputed as the first Roman Catholic resident of the district, it is recorded that nearby Rochester was named after J. P. Rowe as he owned land on the Campaspe River. Rowe was a principal founder of the University of Melbourne. He fired a shot at a 14-year-old Ned Kelly accompanied by bushranger Harry Power in 1869. Rowe stood for the Upper House seat of the Murray District in 1859 and was defeated. In October 1878 Rowe supplied information to police Sergeant Kennedy on the whereabouts of Ned Kelly. Acting on Rowe's verified advice, Kennedy and his police party rode into the Wombat Ranges, where three of them were killed; and the Kelly Gang legend was born.

Medicine chest originally belonged to Dr. John Pearson Rowe and was donated after his death by Dr. Edward Ryan.

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Chemist & Druggist (estab. 1859)
S S Strutt, Pharmacist (estab. Circa 1850)
Cooper & Co, Chemists (estab. Circa 1850)
William Ford & Co (estab. 1840, closed Circa 1902)
A Stradwick, Pharmaceutical and Dispensing Chemists (estab. Circa 1850)
glass, preparations, cork, paper, inks, cedar, other woods, felt, brass, other metals, velvet, paint and other surface finish and gilt
chest 19 x 25.5 x 24.5 cm
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Gift of AMA Victoria, 2011
name/inscriptions ▫ printed in gilt on booklet cover:'PHARMACOPŒIA'
owner's mark/inscriptions ▫ stamped five times through booklet pages: as cartouche, 'MEDICAL/SOCIETY/OF/VICTORIA'
accession number/owner's mark/inscriptions ▫ handwritten inside booklet's front cover: '615.11'
owner's mark/inscriptions ▫ stamped on booklet flyleaf, below rules insert: 'MUSEUM'
inscriptions ▫ display card typed: 'EARLY VICTORIAN MEDICINE CHEST/This cedar chest belonged to Dr. John Pearson Rowe, who used it from the 1840's (sic) until his death/in 1878. Dr. Rowe was born at Aintree,/England, in 1810, and died at Euroa, Victoria./He was a pastoralist and owned properties in/North Eastern Victoria./Donated by Dr. Edward Ryan'
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