Here are some of the items that caught our attention in the “Rough Medicine” exhibition at the Western Australian Maritime Museum in Fremantle. The ship’s medicine chest above dates from the 1850s, and the threatening-looking implements below are a 19th century naval surgeon’s pocket kit.
And if you have ever wondered how peg legs got their name, just look at the photo below. A peg leg looks just like an oversized version of an old fashioned laundry peg. Amazingly, the design remained unchanged from the 18th century through into the 20th. The free exhibition runs until 28 August and is well worth a visit.