Hartley R. Dixon

  • Date Established:
  • State:
  • Suburb/Town:

(Material researched & presented by Barbara Armstrong)


Son of homœopathic physician, Dr Hartley Dixon, Hartley R. Dixon established a homœopathic pharmacy during March 1895. It was located in one of the shops which formed the frontage of the original Brisbane Town Hall in Queen Street. It had been totally renovated to suit the needs of a homœopathic pharmacy. He stated that medicines prepared in the colony were better than those which were imported. His preparations, however, would be manufactured at his father’s dispensary at North Quay, by well-qualified and experienced persons, one of whom had been engaged from Sydney.


In August, however, Mr Dixon was summoned to appear before the Pharmacy Board of Queensland for an alleged breach of the Pharmacy Act. The objection was that he had unlawfully exhibited certain signs – ie. “Manufacturer of homœopathic medicines.” – and displayed several carboys, by which it might be construed that the shop belonged to a chemist within the meaning of the Pharmacy Act. Dixon was not registered under the Pharmacy Act. As a result, Dixon was required to pay a fine.


In subsequent advertisements, Dixon stated that his medicines were prepared under the personal supervision of a Qualified Apothecary, registered in London and in Queensland. He also stated that “H.R. Dixon is not a pharmaceutical chemist or pharmacist, nor has he ever represented himself as being one.”


By 1896 he was advertising “clearance sales” of homœopathic medicines and chemists’ requisites.


© Barbara Armstrong

  • Created:
    Wednesday, 17 June 2009
  • Last modified:
    Monday, 18 August 2014