Wednesday, 13 February 2019

'Strange Alchemies: Anaesthesia and Pharmacy then and now' presented by COMA Tasmania

Reproduced courtesy of Pharmacy Times, December 17, 2014 via COMA

‘I can teach you how to bottle fame, brew glory, and even put a stopper in death...’
Severus Snape in ‘Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone’, J K Rowling.

There’s a bit of magic in how anaesthetists and pharmacists can alter our conscious states and perceptions of pain, and cure so many illnesses. Join COMA (the Collection of Medical Artefacts Tasmania Group) to explore the effects of chemistry on the human mind and body in four talks

Venue: Frances Parsons Building, Jane Franklin Hall, 6 Elboden St. South Hobart.

When: 10.00 a.m.   Saturday 23rd March 2019


10:05-10:25      Dr John Paull
An Unlikely Anaesthetist: Charles Darwin and his interesting use of Chloroform

10:30-10:50      Dr Richard Waldron    
Amazing Advances in Modern Anaesthesia. An overview from a practising anaesthetist 

10:55- 11:25      Morning Tea , Coffee and Tasty Delights

11:30 – 11:50       Mr Ralph Tapping     
Before the dollar and before the Contraceptive Pill.  Life as a chemist in the 1950s and 60s

11:55 -12:15   Prof Greg Peterson  
Modern medicines: a spectrum from the marvellous to the ridiculous.

Cost: $20 per person, $10 for Friends and free for students
Subscription to become a Friend: $30 adults, $20 concession, free for students.
If you are a Friend, and bringing a partner, both are charged at Friends rate.

RSVP: Monday 18th March 2019.  Email or Ph 6210 0100 (Jane Franklin Hall).
Payment can be made at the door (cash only), or our bank account: 
COMA Tas BSB 067 102, Account number 1045 0073  

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Sunday, 10 February 2019

Evelyn Ansel talk--a Parley update

Change of plans for the proposed Parley Workshop. You can now hear Evelyn Ansel at a new time and location to that previously advertised. 

Centre for Learning And Discovery, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) Tuesday February 12 from 10am - 12:30pm. Seating is limited. To book email

About Evelyn Ansel 
Evelyn is a museum professional specialising in preservation and collections with a focus on maritime history and design.

Evelyn has had a colourful career, from working with photogrammetry to document traditional watercraft in Venice to helping with the restoration of the whaling ship Charles W. Morgan at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Massachusetts. She won a Fulbright Fellowship to the Vasa Museum in Stockholm, Sweden and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University. Currently, Evelyn is working between the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, Rhode Island and the MIT Museum in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Evelyn is a freelance contributor to WoodenBoat Magazine and a sought-after speaker.