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Boxed pneumonia vaccine vial, 1920s

This is a paper-wrapped box from the 1920s containing a glass vial of serum used as a pneumonia vaccine. The printing on the paper wrapping says that the box contains 30 cc of the anti-pneumococcal serum (polyvalent), and that it was prepared in the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories. The wrapper also bears the name Commonwealth ...


Vaccine bottle containing venereal disease vaccine, 1920s

This is a brown glass bottle containing a bacterial culture, 'Bacillus bulgaricus', which was used as a vaccine against venereal disease in the 1920s. The label on the bottle says that it is 'a living culture in whey'. It was manufactured by Commonwealth Serum Laboratories (CSL) Ltd, Parkville, Victoria. The overall dimensions ...



This collection of digital curriculum resources is organised in two categories - causes and spread of infections; and fighting infections. Videos and images provide a historical perspective of human infectious diseases in Australia, including epidemic events and drug and vaccine development. Learning objects explore the ...


Immune system

This collection contains digital curriculum resources. It is organised into three categories - structure and function of the immune system; disorders of the immune system; and vaccination and the immune system. It includes learning objects, videos, images and sound recordings. The roles played by blood and stem cells are ...


Children playing cricket at Manly Beach, 1964

This is a colour photograph showing children playing cricket on Manly Beach in 1964. Nine children are gathered around the batter, who is wearing calipers and is waiting for the ball to be bowled. Other beachgoers, the Manly Surf Pavilion, other buildings and some trees are in the background.


Thursday Plantation tea-tree oil products

This is a range of Thursday Plantation tea-tree oil products: shampoo, hair conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste and soap. The packaging of each product is in white, lemon yellow and dark blue, and displays the Thursday Plantation logo, which depicts a tea-tree.


Big Girls Don't Cry, 2002: A new kidney

This clip uses a series of interviews intercut with family photographs that tell the story of Mariah and the effect of kidney disease on her and her family. Her parents, Angie and David, recollect their experience of Mariah's illness, dialysis and the news of a possible transplant. Photographs of Mariah and her parents ...


Big Girls Don't Cry, 2002: Wouldn't change a thing

This clip shows Mariah nine years after receiving a donor kidney. The clip opens with an image of the newspaper article that told of 'Mariah's second chance'. A dissolve reveals 10-year-old Mariah talking with her mother about her karate trophies and then playing ball with her family. Her father is shown taking her to the ...


Bondi Rescue, 2006: A major medical emergency

This clip shows reality television footage of lifeguards conducting an emergency resuscitation on Bondi Beach in Sydney. In the first scene lifeguards are posing for a promotional shoot when a Japanese student, Takahiro Ono, is noticed floating unconscious in the surf. The lifeguards spring into action. Placing Ono on the ...


Gus Nossal describes his most noted medical research, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of Sir Gustav Nossal describing the medical research for which he became internationally known. He outlines his contributions to the emerging science of immunology in the 1950s-70s, and how other researchers have been able to make further discoveries based on his initial work. The recording ...


Brass observation hole, c1900

This brass observation hole was installed on a door at Ballarat Mental Hospital, Victoria in order to observe patients.


Electroencephalograph, c1970

This Electroencephalograph was used by the neurosciences department at Monash Medical Centre to record electrical activity in patients' brains. Its overall dimensions are: length 120 cm, width 60 cm, height 65 cm.


Wooden bottle rack with glass bottles, 1920s

This is a wooden rack with a set of glass bottles containing various fluids. The set was used during the 1920s by the Vaccines Department at Commonwealth Serum Laboratories in Victoria for standard culture suspensions. This item is part of the CSL Collection at Museum Victoria.


Container for Spanish influenza vaccine, 1919

This bottle once contained a vaccine for complications arising from Spanish influenza, the first vaccine to be manufactured by Commonwealth Serum Laboratories in Victoria in 1919. The bottle has a typed label: 'SPECIAL INFLUENZA VACCINE / (Mixed). / (A) Strength. / Commonwealth Serum Laboratories, Melbourne'. The item is ...


Akhurst and Kitz families picnicking at Red Bluff, Point Ormond, 1897

This is a black-and-white or sepia photograph featuring the Akhurst and Kitz families at Red Bluff, Point Ormond, at Elwood in 1897. The Akhurst and Kitz families were very close at this time. From left to right we see, in the foreground: Alice Akhurst, probably Paul Kitz jnr, Sidney Akhurst, Frida Akhurst, Beatrice Akhurst, ...


Child's corduroy pinafore worn in mental health hospital, c1980

This is a red pinafore of the type worn by young female patients in a Victorian mental health hospital in about 1980. It has been mended by hand sewing.

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Why vaccinate?

The human immune system's role is to deal with the threat of infection. However, sometimes the immune system fails to stop an infection that can lead to disease. Vaccines are used to prevent some diseases. Discover how a vaccine helps the immune system respond to the threat of infection. Find out why vaccination is a controversial ...


Milton Coutt's anaesthetic machine, c1939

Manufactured in 1939, this anaesthetic machine was used by the surgical unit at Mont Park Mental Hospital in the Melbourne surburb of Bundoora.


Schimmelbusch's anaesthetic mask, c1950

This Schimmelbusch's chloroform mask was used in dental or medical surgery to anaesthetise patients at a Victorian mental hospital. It is 10.50 cm long, 6.00 cm wide 19.00 cm high.


Fitpack syringe container and disposable syringes, 1991

This is a Fitpack syringe container and disposable syringes. The container is rectangular and made from matte black plastic (polypropylene). At the top is a self-hinged click-fit lid with an instructional label adhered to the inside. Unused packaged disposable syringes (partly visible) are housed within a single large compartment. ...