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Dental hypodermic syringe with three needles, packaging and box


Dental hypodermic syringe with three needles, packaging and box

Object information


This hypodermic syringe was used at Gidleigh station, near Bungendore in New South Wales.

Isolated pastoral properties like Gidleigh station had to be self-sufficient and this extended to administering basic first aid and medical treatment. During an era when the nearest doctor would have been located some distance away, in this case Queanbeyan, property owners kept a stocked medicine chest and supplies on-site to manage 'everyday' health issues, from broken bones to respiratory ailments and other common maladies.

Physical description

A glass and white metal dental hypodermic syringe with three needles, a piece of discoloured white fabric and cotton wool packaging in a cream cardboard box and a plunger that is wrapped in the piece of fabric. Two of the three hypodermic needles have fine wire inserted into the tip. The box has a white label with blue printed text on the lid that reads 'The Laminex ... RECORD TYPE / HYPODERMIC SYRINGE / An Everett Product...'. A pale blue label on one end of the box and reads 1ml / RECORD / 20 min.' with a white label on the other end that reads 'LARKIN / Chemist / 15/- / Double Bay'.

Statement of significance

This collection comprises over two hundred objects belonging to the Rutledge family of 'Gidleigh', a pastoralist property first established near Bungendore, NSW, in 1855. The collection includes tools used for agricultural practices, animal and household management, and equipment used for fly-fishing and horse-riding. Collectively, these objects illustrate aspects of rural life and domestic activities undertaken most notably by Jane (Jean) Ruth Morphy Forster Rutledge (1853-1932) and her son Thomas Lloyd Forster Rutledge (1889-1958) during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

This collection is illustrative of broad areas of Australian social history including pastoralism, medicine and veterinary science, and domestic and recreational lives. The land at 'Gidleigh' was first granted to Admiral Philip Parker King (1791-1856) in 1834, and was subsequently purchased in 1855 by Irish settler Thomas Rutledge (1817-1904) to run sheep and cattle. The family owned and managed the property for 150 years until 2005. This collection offers significant research potential into both rural self-sufficiency, and agricultural and veterinary technologies.

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