Menu toggle

National Museum of Australia

Where our stories come alive

Collection Explorer


Glass and metal syringe with cardboard box


Glass and metal syringe with cardboard 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 translucent glass and white metal 20cc hypodermic syringe and a dark green cardboard box with a lift of lid, which has gold and white printed labelling. The syringe has measurement lines and amounts from '2 to 20 / CC' printed on one side of the glass. The text on the top of the box reads 'RECORD / HYPODERMIC SYRINGE' and on the side of the box reads 'MADE IN AUSTRALIA BY / OGDEN INDUSTRIES PTY LTD'. One end of the box has been stuck together with sticky tape, which is yellow and decayed. Inside the box there is a small quantity of tissue paper packaging.

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.

Object information


Back to top