A visit to Pine Rivers Heritage Museum is just like travelling back in time. The current exhibition, Pill, Potions and Medical Practice: How we coped with illness in the past, provides an interesting insight into basic survival in times gone by.
The exhibition is currently travelling around Australia, presented by Hurstville City Library, Museum and Gallery and will briefly remain in Brisbane. Anyone with an interest in history or medicine should make an effort to see this collection of wierd and wonderful surgical instruments, including a scary looking dentist's chair and accompanying box full of "tools".
The array of old bottles, painful syringes and boxes of medical items may bring back some unpleasant memories for older visitors. There were quite a few groans and giggles coming from people inspecting the enema exhibit. The exhibition also has information about traditional Aboriginal and Chinese Medical practices.
There are three fun School Holiday Workshops associated with the Pills, Potions and Medical Practice Exhibition. Each workshop is divided into two age appropriate categories - 5 - 8 year olds and 9 - 12 year olds.
1) Make your own soap - Thursday, 4th April, 10am - 12.30pm. This workshop covers the history of soap making and participants will be able to create their very own unique to take home. Cost: $6.50 per child.
2) Science Lab - Thursday, 11th April, 10am - 12.30pm.
This workshop involves safe chemical related activities - children will learn about the discovery of antibiotic penicillin and grow their own bacteria - disgusting but fascinating.Cost: $6.50 per child.
3) Make your own medicine - Saturday, 13th April, 12.30pm - 2pm. This workshop includes a tour of the museum and is a sensory exploration into natural medicines. Participants will be able to touch, see, and smell 20 different ingredients and make their own real medicine to take home in a small glass bottle. Cost: $5.00 per child.
Old Petrie Town:
Have a wander around Old Petrie Town after your visit to the museum, which has plenty to discover in itself. Try your hand at the Old Telephone switch board, watch the interactive show and visit Yebri House, a typical old worker's cottage.