Penicillin pack containing a set of 5 ampoules (the Sodium Salt of Penicillin, dried and "in Vacuo") in a cardboard container. Manufactured by Commonwealth Serum Laboratories, 1945. This is an early example of penicillin manufactured by Commonwealth Serum Laboratories.

Physical Description

Brown cardboard box with yellow printed label on front and sides. Containing a set of five hand-blown glass ampoules. Each ampoule has black text on the exterior and a dried brown compound inside.

More Information

  • Collection Names

    CSL (Commonwealth Serum Laboratories) Collection

  • Collecting Areas

    Medicine & Health

  • Acquisition Information

    Donation from CSL Ltd (Commonwealth Serum Laboratories), 24 Mar 2004

  • Manufacturer

    CSL Ltd (Commonwealth Serum Laboratories), Victoria, Australia, 1945

  • Inscriptions

    Label on lid: COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH / Special Product / PENICILLIN, "COMMONWEALTH" / (THE SODIUM SALT OF PENICILLIN, DRIED AND "IN VACUO") / No antiseptic added / SET OF 5 AMPOULES / Each ampoule containing 100,000 Oxford Units / NOT SUBJECT TO RETURN OR EXCHANGE / This package must be stored in a dark place and at a termperature not exceeding 5C. / (that is, 41F.) / Kept under such conditions this product will remain / fully potent until ... 9 APR 45 / Batch No. N43-1 / CAUTION:- This preparation should be used only under medical supervision / Prepared in the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories, Royal Park, Victoria, Australia. On Ampoule: PENICILIN N48-1 / HI 100 000 UNITS / SEALED 30/10/44.

  • Brand Names

    "CSL" (Medical Vaccines)

  • Classification

    Medicine & health, Bacteriology, Pharmaceuticals

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline


  • Type of item


  • Overall Dimensions

    250 mm (Width), 185 mm (Depth), 46 mm (Height)
    Measurement taken with lid on.

  • Overall Dimensions

    148 mm (Height), 29 mm (Outside Diameter)
    Measurement of single ampoule. Dimensions of each ampoule differ slightly.

  • Keywords

    Penicillin, Medicines, Manufactured Products, Healthcare & Medicine