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An explorer's panacea

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Object Source: A great explorer's noble achievement

Place of Creation: S.Aust.?

Published by Holloway's Pills & Ointment

Date of creation : 190-?

Additional creator : Holloway's Pills & Ointment

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Format : Ephemera

Advertisement for Holloway's pills and ointment, claiming they were used by members of Stuart's exploring expedition of 1861-62

The advertising leaflet for Holloway's Pills extols the achievements of John McDouall Stuart in his successful crossing of the Australian continent from south to north in 1862, and uses this accomplishment to promote its products, claiming that they were taken by Stuart as part of his medical kit. In this they are supported apparently by John Billiatt, one of the surviving members of Stuart's last expedition, who describes the use of the ointment.

Whether the nostrum was taken by Stuart as part of of the expedition's kit or not, the explorer's name is being used to promote the product.


Related names

John McDouall Stuart, 1815-1866

Billiatt, John William, 1842-1919

Further reading

Webster, M. S. (Mona Stuart) John McDouall Stuart [Carlton]: Melbourne University Press, 1958

Stokes, Edward Across the Centre: John McDouall Stuart's expeditions, 1860-62 St. Leonards, N.S.W.: Allen & Unwin, 1996

John McDouall Stuart's explorations, 1858-1862: South Australian parliamentary papers 1858-1862 Adelaide: Friends of the State Library of South Australia, 2001

Hints to travellers : scientific and general / ed. E.A. Reeves 10th ed., rev. and corr London: Royal Geographical Society, 1921


Australian dictionary of biography: Stuart, John McDouall (1815-1866)

John McDouall Stuart Society

Medicine in 1860s Victoria : Holloway's Pills

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