A visit to the Adelaide Hills turned up an old homeopathy kit tucked away in the local Hahndorf museum.
Hahndorf is a little town up in the Hills of Adelaide. No prizes for guessing that there’s a strong German influence in this part of South Australia. It is acknowledged as Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement. The place is chock a block with wood carvings for tourists and strange varieties of sausage. But it is the buildings and the history which appeal to me, so I headed over to The Hahndorf museum. It has a fascinating display about the lives of the early German pioneers and it gives you a strong idea of the hardships of their lives.
I suppose I could have guessed that a little German town would have had homeopathy around. There in the museum amongst the old clothing and washing machines and items from the daily lives of the settlers is an old homeopathy kit. Apparently as early as the 1840’s, the newspapers were reporting on the success of homeopathy overseas. Some immigrants to Hahndorf brought with them kits of homeopathic medicines. In 1852, during an influenza epidemic in the colony, letters in the newspapers recommended the use of homeopathic medicines, and reported its success.
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