Medicine, 'Rawleigh's' Laxative Tablets; Rawleigh's; 1930-1940; WY.0000.461

Name/Title

Medicine, 'Rawleigh's' Laxative Tablets

About this object

This small hinged tin contained Rawleigh's laxative tablets.

From humble beginnings, William Thomas Rawleigh (1870-1951) became a successful American businessman. When he was 18 years old he turned his mother's kitchen into a part-time factory in order to produce liniment, eventually renting a small building and extending his range of medicines. His first products were functional and filled the needs of the rural population, including an antiseptic salve.

Rawleigh knew that most people were not familiar with his goods or his name and realised that leaving his products with his customers for trial would later produce good sales. He was amongst the first manufacturers to offer a free trial and guarantee that unless absolutely satisfied, there would be no sale. His 'try before you buy’ approach became a hallmark of Rawleigh's brand

Rawleigh established a factory in New Zealand in 1931 and is an iconic pharmaceutical in New Zealand.

This bottle is part of a large collection of chemist's equipment which came from the old Wyndham pharmacy in Balaclava Street. This was the United Friendly Society Dispensary, known as the UFS.

Maker

Rawleigh's

Maker Role

Manufacturer

Date Made

1930-1940

Period

1930s

Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, North Island, Wellington

Medium and Materials

inorganic, processed material, metal, steel

Inscription and Marks

'RAWLEIGH's'
'LAXATIVE TABLETS'
'A CANDY CATHARTIC'

Measurements

h 11 mm x w 56 mm x d 40 mm

Subject and Association Keywords

Health and Medicine

Object Type

equipment

Object number

WY.0000.461

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