Kai Hanga Rongoa – The Medicine Maker, Whanganui

Recently I was given 3 very important and rare chemist bottle labels that are written in Te Reo Maori. These are unused on a sheet of gummed paper ready to cut and attach to a chemist bottle. These had been found in old documents and papers by the later owner of the chemist shop, Mr […]

Introduction to Pharmacies in Remuera

Remuera has become one of Auckland’s’ premium suburban shopping precincts. Several quality pharmacies remain, and about double that number have shut down or been amalgamated. The inspiration for this talk has been to coincide with the Centenary of the first Remuera pharmacy opening in 1909, by F.G.Blott, at 377 Remuera Road. Remuera Pharmacy has remained […]

Country Pharmacies (1910 – 1926)

Memoirs of Launce A. Sutcliffe Written on 7th October 1997       My father did his apprenticeship with Spencer Vincent in Christchurch from April 1903 to April 1907. In 1910 he was appointed manager of the UFS Dispensary in Timaru when he was married to my mother and where I was born in October […]

Thomas Rice Gillman: Onehunga Medical Hall

      That Mr. Gillman ‘s willingness to help those afflicted with pain or illness was not disapproved of by the medical fraternity was evidenced by the fact that the Medical Hall was used by them for consultations. The part played in the early days of Onehunga by a chemist of Mr. Gillman’s experience and general […]

Augusta Gillman: A narrow escape from being “buried alive” at sea

   Thomas Gillman’ s daughter Augusta Kezia Gillman, was registered as a Pharmaceutical Chemist (No. 536) on the 13th day of March 1899, her qualification being a Dispensing Chemist in New Zealand prior to January 1st 1899. She is believed to be the first woman in New Zealand to hold this qualification (not first registered pharmacist.). […]