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Biographical entry Blackett, Cuthbert Robert (1831 - 1902)

9 October 1831
Southminster, Essex, England
18 October 1902
South Yarra, Victoria, Australia
Pharmacist and Chemist


Cuthbert Blackett had a pharmacy in Fitzroy, Melbourne 1871-1887. His public life is largely the history of pharmacy in Victoria in the second half of the nineteenth century.


Born Southminster, Essex, England 9 October 1831. Died South Yarra, 18 October 1902. Apprenticed to a pharmacist in Norfolk; arrived Melbourne 1853; further pharmaceutical and chemical studies, London and Heidelberg, 1868-71; pharmacy, Fitzroy, Melbourne 1871-87; government analytical chemist, Crown Law Department 1887-1902; also acted as analyst to the Customs Department. Founder, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and president 1878-81; an original member of the Pharmacy Board and president 1883-1902; lectured for some years at the College of Pharmacy in chemistry, materia medica and botany; examiner in chemistry, College of Pharmacy and University of Melbourne; an original member of the Central Board of Health.

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Journal Articles

  • Blackett, C. R., 'A New Process of Purifying Water Discovered by M. Birkmyre', Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria, 17 (1881), 23. Details
  • Blackett, C. R., 'Ipecacuanha Wine', The Australasian Journal of Pharmacy, 1 (1886), 124-125. Details
  • Blackett, C. R., 'Estimation of Chlorine in the Yarra', The Australasian Journal of Pharmacy, 2 (1887), 241. Details


See also

McCarthy, G.J.