A BLAST FROM THE PAST

HISTORY: Cobbin's Drug & Book Store is pictured with the advertisement pictured inset.

HISTORY: Cobbin's Drug & Book Store is pictured with the advertisement pictured inset.

I came across an advert for F. Smith at Cobbin's Drug & Book Store - in Port Augusta and Stirling North Illustrated News from 1901 (pictured inset).

A reference to the store from Port Augusta Dispatch, Newcastle and Flinders Chronicle SA 1895 gives a message that is still relevant even today re the disposal of medicines and drugs.

A Poison Accident - A forcible illustration of the danger of allowing old drug and physic bottles to remain where children can get at them, occurred in Port Augusta yesterday. A little girl, the daughter of Mr E Baker, while playing in the lane at the back of COBBIN'S drug store, got hold of a bottle containing a few drops of carbolic acid, which she sampled.

Her tongue was badly burned, and she attempted to spit it out the pungent liquid it ran down from her lips to her chin, causing the formation of a large scab.

Salad oil and strong coffee were administrated as antidotes to the little patient, who however, does not have suffered internally.