A draft of whiskey, the last resort of the 19th century medical doctor
When young Gilbert Pearce slipped off a log over a swollen Blackwood creek one Saturday in October 1882, he was lucky that Mr Gribble was just returning from work. After pulling the senseless boy out of the creek, the first thought of his rescuer was to apply a draft of brandy. As the Bacchus Marsh Express reported: “His injuries proved most trifling and a narrower escape has seldom been recorded.”
- A field naturalist’s ramble up the Lerderderg, The Australasian, January 1893.
- Church, R. The British Market for Medicine in the late Nineteenth Century, Medical History, 2005, 49: 281–298.
- Ferguson, J. Blackwood correspondent, Bacchus Marsh Express 1850s-1892
- Museums Victoria Collections; Band of Hope Union