Why am I writing about a treatment for horses in a genealogy blog?
Aubrey Cuthbert Reader. The book, titled Veterinary Counter Practice,
was published in 1891. Aub Reader was a chemist at McKinnon in
Melbourne, as was his father, Felix Maximillian Franz Reader who lived
in Dimboola then Warracknabeal in Victoria. This book originally
belonged to Felix. The book was written for chemists, providing advice
on dispensing treatments for animal diseases. In the foreword, it is
emphasised that it is not intended that chemists compete with veterinary
No doubt chemists in more remote regions of
Australia diagnosed illnesses as well as dispensing treatments for both
animals and people - But perhaps Felix took this a bit too far!
Melbourne Argus of 14 June 1901 reported on the outcome of an inquiry
into the cause of death of a woman named Flora Burns as follows:
jury, after an hour's retirement, brought in a verdict to the effect
that the deceased had died of blood poisoning, as the result of an
illegal operation performed by F. M. Reader. Reader was committed for
trial at the Supreme Court, Horsham, on the 10th September."
The prosecutor, however, decided not to proceed with the case, and Felix continued his work as a chemist.