Story: Drugs

Advertisement for Chlorodyne

This advertisement was typical of many that appeared in New Zealand newspapers and, as in this case, in catalogues of pharmacy products from the 1860s until the first decade of the 20th century. Chlorodyne included both opium and cannabis, and was promoted as a cure for many medical problems. There were two brands of Chlorodyne, one produced by J. T. Davenport using J. Collis Browne's recipe and another using a recipe of Richard Freeman. There were a number of court cases in Britain which attempted to establish which was the original and genuine Chlorodyne. Both brands sold large quantities in New Zealand.

Using this item

Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: Eph-A-PHARMACY-1903-01-back

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips, 'Drugs - Colonial drug-taking', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 June 2024)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 5 Sep 2013