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Old Pharmacy recreated

Palfreyman’s Pharmacy cabinets and drawers on display. Source: ABC News. Photo: David Robertson.

Bianca Gurra, Tasmanian Museum launches exhibit of Palfreyman’s Pharmacy classic interior, ABC News, 24 July 2015

A well-known Hobart pharmacy has been recreated inside the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG).

Palfreyman’s Pharmacy, situated on the corner of Burnett and Elizabeth Streets in North Hobart, opened in 1912 and traded until 1973.

After it closed, some of the shop’s fittings and furnishings were collected by TMAG.

Several years later, more contents were donated to the museum through cultural gifts.

The collection features a range of artefacts from drug vials to the original cabinets and counter top.

Curator Elspeth Wishart said the exhibition was significant to Hobart.

“This has been a great opportunity to bring all the contents and furnishings together for the first time in 40-odd years, and try and recreate that sense of wonderment of the old pharmacies at the turn of century,” she said.

The grandson of one of the original pharmacists, Jim Palfreyman, said he had fond memories of visiting the pharmacy as a child.

“I just remember the oldness of it, and the smell of it,” he said.

“I just loved it. It was just an amazing, amazing building.”

The display will be at TMAG until November 22.


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