Looking for a product called Rawlies, my mum always had a tin handy

Submitted: Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 12:46
ThreadID: 66342 Views:11872 Replies:14 FollowUps:20
This Thread has been Archived
Years ago my mum always had a tin of rawlies in the Kitchen, it was brown ointment i think, any one know where i can get a tin from and do they still make it??????????.

Cheers for now...William H...Bunbury...WA.
Back Expand Un-Read 0 Moderator

Reply By: Notso - Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 12:47

Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 12:47
It is still available, I've seen it in Mitre Ten stores once or twice.

It is Rawleighs Antiseptic Salve.

AnswerID: 351317

Follow Up By: Notso - Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 12:49

Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 12:49

Here is their web site
FollowupID: 619602

Reply By: Member - Ed. C. (QLD) - Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 13:10

Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 13:10
Here's a list of independant Rawleighs distributors in WA

Rawleighs distributors WA

only a 'phone call away;-)

Confucius say.....
"He who lie underneath automobile with tool in hand,
....Not necessarily mechanic!!"

My Profile  Send Message

AnswerID: 351320

Reply By: Member - Ian W (NSW) - Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 13:51

Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 13:51
Bloody Hell!

I any time I've mentioned these products and the sellers todays younger people look at me as if I'm mad or trying to have a lend.

As a kid in the 1950's we used to see the old salesman once a month. On foot in the far western suburbs of Sydney lugging his bloody big suitcase of stock from door to door. These poor bastards never made enough money to run a car, they used to catch a steam train to their area of operation.

100 plus degrees in summer and this poor bugger, done up in suit and hat, trudging down the road. If he was lucky he got to sell some bleep ant home remedy once in a while. As well as the home remedy stuff I recall he used to stock tiny phials of stuff like vanilla essence, cochineal and green food colouring. There were other things like sewing and darning needles and thread. There was all sorts of stuff in that suitcase, all carefully selected to provide the greatest profit to size/weight so as to alllow the greatest possibility of return to weight lugged. I recall them carrying rolls of coloured ribbon, sold by the foot so as to provide hair ribbons. Just aout all the products were selected to appeal to the ladies, few mwn at home in those days.

Sales were nothing to talk about, just a couple of coins as the products had to be in a price range that allowed the houswife to hopefully be able to purchase with left over money from her weekly grocery shop. No credit cards or efpos then and only rich people had bank acounts that enabled them to write cheques.

If anyone worked hard for every peeny earnt it was those door to door salesmen.

AnswerID: 351328

Follow Up By: Member - Ed. C. (QLD) - Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 14:09

Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 14:09
The Rawleighs man musta done a bit better where I grew up (FNQ)...
I can remember as a very small kid (early 50's), the rep used to call at my parent's farm in a horse-drawn sulky (as did the Chinaman fruit & vegie man)...

The Rawleighs bloke later upgraded to a FJ panel van, but the ol' Chinaman with his horse & sulky was a regular sight for many years...

Aaahhh, the memories (sigh)..............


Confucius say.....
"He who lie underneath automobile with tool in hand,
....Not necessarily mechanic!!"

My Profile  Send Message

FollowupID: 619613

Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 15:10

Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 15:10

Take a Bex or a Vincents powder and have a little lie-down...hahaha

I recall there used to be a Waltons man knocking on the door of our neighbour back in the 50's when I was just a tacker....

Mum said he was there to collect a payment for something the lady had bought on the never-never or on "spec".

I never really understood what all that meant, but grew up to appreciate that my oldies were the opposite; they never bought anything they didn't have the cash for.

I guess that was the pre-cursor of the current finance crisis; people buying stuff they could never possibly afford at the time. Then, by the time they had it paid off, it was buggared and they had to start the whole cycle all over again. Sound familiar??

FollowupID: 619620

Follow Up By: Member - Ian W (NSW) - Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 19:05

Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 19:05
Yeah Roachie,

Remember the Waltons Man and his predecessor who was the Bebarfalds Man.

Bebarfalds Department Store was on the corner of George and Park Streets Sydney, directly opposite the Sydney Town Hall.

The Mother-In-Law worked for them all her adult life then for Waltons when that prock Alan Bond bought out Waltons. Lost every cent of her Super and Long Service Leave when he stripped the company.

Funny to think that when Waltons went belly-up one of their biggest sales products on the "never-never" were actually car tyres.

Customers used to buy tyres from Waltons on a scheme that would have them still paying when the tyres had worn out and needed replacing. What used to really P me off was that they would then drive straight to my Service Station with the expectation that I would fit the tyres for them free of charge because they were a "regular" customer.

One thing about the Rawleighs Man is that his products were competivly priced and sold C.O.D. so that poor people were not sucked into ongoing debt.

FollowupID: 619651

Follow Up By: Member - Robert R1 (SA) - Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 08:48

Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 08:48
... and the wonderful desserts made from junket tablets.

FollowupID: 619717

Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Sunday, Mar 01, 2009 at 10:18

Sunday, Mar 01, 2009 at 10:18
I can remember all of those and the Rawleigh's man calling.

My Profile  My Position  Send Message

FollowupID: 619848

Reply By: dogblue - Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 14:50

Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 14:50
Father in law long time ago use to be a rep for Watkins in Bundy, selling similar products
AnswerID: 351336

Reply By: Gerhardp1 - Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 15:08

Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 15:08
Haha, the old Rawleighs - I remember them coming aroundin the 50s.

Love the salve - "Contains: Turpentine and Liquefied Phenol combined in a base of Petrolatum, Paraffin and Cottonseed Oil. "

Nice oily goo still recommended by them for Burns - I don't think too many burns specialists recommend oils on burns any more...

And it encourages stubborn blisters to the surface - damn, that's useful :) not to mention those pesky boils that used to be common but have all but disappeared with the improvement of diets, now diet improvemnt has gone the other way - I wonder if the salve cures obesity?

But it could be OK for dry skin, but probably more useful for their alternative suggestion of restoring antique furniture.
AnswerID: 351338

Reply By: didiaust - Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 15:25

Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 15:25
I too remember the salesman and all the goodies he sold.

I have a tin of the Anitseptic Salve on hand always. Just grabbed it to do this post. It is still in the same golden tin. We used it on us , the dog, the cat, the horses, the rabbit in fact on anything. I take quite a long time to heal these days ( wonky immune system) but the old Rawleihs seems to work best. I still grin as I would be sure that 50 years later there would be a better product.

AnswerID: 351341

Follow Up By: Member - William H (WA) - Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 18:34

Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 18:34
Hi their didiaust

I had the same problem with things not healing up, and went and had a blood test,found the Iron levels were to low, so the dock put me on the Ferro--F--tab, has iron and also folic acid, which gave me a boost in the system, and now i dont feel so lethargic,

Cheers for now.....William H...Bunbury...WA.
FollowupID: 619648

Follow Up By: didiaust - Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 11:22

Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 11:22
Thanks for that William- Have blood tests enery few months. Ever since I god that bloody Bahmar Forest Virus- It attacked almost everything. Might try the Ferro F - I assume they are not prescritption only

FollowupID: 619733

Follow Up By: Member - William H (WA) - Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 17:26

Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 17:26
Di all my trouble started from a "DRY" bag of dynamic lifter i think, and when i opened it the dust must of got into my nose, as i have been very sick since then, yes you can get the ferro--f--tab from the chemist or on a script from your doctor, and i will google the name you have said above, to see what it is, also i was in Cairns for seven weeks from Dec 1 2008 till 22 jan 09, and just left when the Dengie fever started, was luckey not getting that one, i had 50/50 baby oil and detol mixed and nothing got near me, also good for squarting on Cane tods.

Cheers for now....William H...Bunbury...WA.
FollowupID: 619776

Reply By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 16:12

Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 16:12
Back in the 50's the Rawleighs man would visit our farm about
every 3 months in a little Morris Minor van.. As well as the Rawleighs stuff he would have all sorts of things that were used by rural folk...stuff for corning meat, knives & needles, bandages
& medical fixerupers. He usually managed to sell my mum about
10 bobs worth of something..a mean feat as my mum was as
tight as... he always had boiled lollies in a jar for us kids & his
visits were very popular.......now no one comes at all, except
the godbotherers around Easter, & they never have lollies...
sigh.........oldbaz. :))))
AnswerID: 351356

Reply By: Member - Scrubcat (VIC) - Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 17:01

Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 17:01
Rawleighs "Anti Pain Oil", sold by Tony who had only one hand, at our back door during the late 40`s through the 50`s, I remember it well.
It was the best stuff for stings and bites it took the pain or itch away immediately.
They still sell it but the modern version is not as good, the old recipe probably had an ingredient that is now banned.

How come I still remember that , yet I can`t remember what happened this morning ???? LOL

I don`t know where i`m going but i`m enjoying the journey.

My Profile  My Blog  My Position  Send Message

AnswerID: 351366

Reply By: rainy - Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 17:06

Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 17:06
Your comments certainly brought back memories of growing up in the fifties. We always had Rawleighs in the cupboard. My dad called it "Man and Beast Ointment" as it was used for absolutely everything. It is still available and well worth the money.
AnswerID: 351367

Reply By: Member - Lionel A (WA) - Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 19:10

Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 19:10
Yep, remember the Rawlies guy at the front door every now and then, this was in NZ.

Also remember a old Indian bloke in an ancient Bedford bus. every week he'd be out on the street flogging fruit and veges and the best ice cream in a pot with a wooden paddle as a spoon.

Ive never tasted stuff like that since, gawd knows what the manufacturers do to tucker these days, seems to have lost most of its taste over the years.

AnswerID: 351380

Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 21:48

Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 21:48
As a fellow ex Kiwi the thing I miss the most is decent Ice Cream.

When i left in 2002 i could buy at least 15 different flavours of 2 litre tubs at my local Woolworths like Peach, Apricot, Strawberry Ripple,
Boysenberry, Gumdrop,Lime,Neopolitan,plus the rest which i cant remember but wish I could buy them here.
Have to put up with an occasional NZ??? ice cream at the occasional place in shopping malls.

Our Rawleighs dealer in Mosgiel NZ drove araound in a 1934 Ford V8 coupe and did until he died.

Also had a draper a Mr Doodeward who drove around in about a 1926 Dodge truck with his stuff in it. My eternal memory of Rawleighs was having my head stuck over a paper bag with a tin of a Rawleighs cold remedy and hot water burning my eyes while being made to inhale it.


FollowupID: 619675

Follow Up By: Member - Lionel A (WA) - Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 07:58

Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 07:58
Eskimo Pies, Pinkys, Choc Fish, Hokey Pokey Icecream and the occasional [well more than occasional] drop of Lion Brown.

L&P was a great favourite on the odd hot day[hot = 27 degs].

T-Bone steaks from Taranaki, the size of a Chevy hub cap and melt in your mouth after a dose of Watties tomato sauce.

The battered Paua fritter from the greasy lil' italian F&C shop.

Aussies do everything bigger but the Kiwis do it better....hahaha.

FollowupID: 619711

Reply By: camwill69 - Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 19:10

Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 19:10
Hi Gents,
Well what can I say, but a totally enjoyable read. Great to sit and listen/read these tales and memories. It is like being around a camp fire.
Enjoying it so much, and the kids are reading it too (asking lots of questions).
Keep up the stories as they will be red from top to bottom.

Thanks for sharing your memories.
AnswerID: 351381

Follow Up By: Member - Ian W (NSW) - Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 20:10

Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 20:10
O.K. camwill69, here's another,


Mum used to put a crockery jug out on the front step for the Milkman. Over the top of the jug was an doily to keep out dust, bugs and the bloody Pee Wees or Mudlarks as our southern brethren call them. The doily had a tasselled edge, to which were attached tiny periwinkle sea shells to act as weights and so stop it being blown off in a breeze.

The "Milko" had a two wheeled cart with a squarish wooden body, inside the body was a tank containing the milk which was delivered via two silver coloured taps at the rear. Milko used to fill a largish galvanised churn from the tank then one pint "dipper" in the other hand would move from doorstep to doorstep ladling out the measures. Cream was sold off the van in wide necked glass bottles with stiff cardboard plugs. Cheese was also sold however I don't recall the actual method other than it certainly was not pre-packaged. Some Milkos also had a sideline with so-called "fresh" eggs.

By the way! If the Milkman comes past your place tomorrow don't go near the cart, his horse is a bitch and bites.


The "breadman" also had a two wheeled horse drawn cart. The breadman came day other than Sunday about the same time to the cry of "breado". He never touched the reins and I never saw him on the seat of the cart. The horse used to walk along the street and stop at the same place every day for the same period of time, if the breadman got "ahead" the bloody horse would make him run back to the cart until the horse decided that it was time to move forward.

In those days bread was bread, no plastic bags and none of that so called "value added" crap. (Value Added is where you add 15 cents of extras, change the name and slap an $2:75 on the sales price).

Square loaves! Big selection, white or brown? Take your pick.
Then there was Cottage, Vienna or Tank. You could have your bread sliced any way you wanted it, thick, thin or half and half, all sliced by you on your own kitchen table.

The Breadman also had his "extras". A couple of styles of bread rolls and other similar attractions. Nothing too fancy mind you, the Breadman was not allowed by law to retail cakes or confectioneries lest he have an unfair advantage over the retail Cake Shop.

The Breadmans horse is a sweetie, is happy to be patted and will take apples, carrots, bread crusts and even dandelion flowers from the palm of you hand very delicately so as to tickle your hand with her satin like nose as she does so.

Now one day, if your good I might just tell you about the "bottle o" and his legendary battles with his missus.

FollowupID: 619663

Follow Up By: Member - Lionel A (WA) - Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 20:39

Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 20:39
Ian, I may venture to say that kids back then had their dose of bacteria that enabled them to play, run, fall over, get back up and keep going.

No problems with ADHD, intollerances, immunity issues etc.

Makes one wonder, with all the so called advances in medicine why so many children suffer these ailments.

Back to basics may be the answer. Maybe a glass of fresh natural milk and a slice of real bread and butter would be more benefical than a bottle of tablets.

FollowupID: 619670

Follow Up By: Member - Ian W (NSW) - Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 22:50

Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 22:50
Hey Lionel,

I reckon your pretty well close on with that observation.

FollowupID: 619690

Follow Up By: Member - Dunworkin (WA) - Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 23:54

Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 23:54
What about the man with the ice, Before coming over to WA we use to live in Adelaide and along with the milk man and bread man there was the Ice man, he use to deliver big blocks of ice which as kids we loved to chip pieces off of the corners. This was in the days before refrigerators. I can still see & hear the horses clip clopping down the street.

Looking at the way our grandies are being brought up I often tell my kids that I don't know how they managed to survive not to mention my generation. LOL



Simba, our much missed baby.

Lifetime Member
My Profile  Send Message

FollowupID: 619698

Follow Up By: didiaust - Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 11:47

Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 11:47
Thanks for reminding me Ian W

I had a horse and cart bread run for a couple of years in the early seventies. I did a run in the Mayfield area (Newcastle) . The horses I had were Don an old grey and Dick a fiesty ex trotter who was short winded. My parents were horrified when I announced I was going to do a bread run and drive a horse & cart but it got me to the beach most days by 1 or 2pm and the wages were male wages so I was chuffed.

The horses needed no instruction they knew the run - the only time I had problems was if you had to return to the bakery on a Long Weekend delivery to top back up. Dick would never come back on the run- Old Don did but never Dick - he was home and that was that. I never had to walk back to the cart - the horse just moved up and grazed. I do remember one day a new set of flats/units had just been built and they had laid square grass patches all over the footpath and when I came back to the cart Dick had managed to dig and flip most of them onto the road. Over those 2 years I had my photo taken many times especially by tourists and I didn't ever take a photo myself. Gee I wish I had as the grandkids and even my workmates are fascinated by my horse & cart stories especially when I point out the busy streets I worked in.

To this day when I hear adds on TV for Dick and Dons the bedding place I think of my 2 four legged work partners.

I even remember getting a 1/2c or 1c bonus for selling sliced bread - hard to imagine that people didn't instantly take to the concept of sliced bread especially noe when we so often hear the saying "best thing since sliced bread"
FollowupID: 619737

Follow Up By: camwill69 - Sunday, Mar 01, 2009 at 10:01

Sunday, Mar 01, 2009 at 10:01
Thank you all. Still enjoying the great read.

All we have is the Home Icecream Man. Does that count as a great story, not.
Camwill69 aka Cam
FollowupID: 619846

Follow Up By: Member - Robert R1 (SA) - Sunday, Mar 01, 2009 at 22:23

Sunday, Mar 01, 2009 at 22:23
When I was about 12 I used to go to my mates place and help him milk the cows. His father had the milk run in the small country town we lived in. One afternoon we were doing a fair bit mucking around and not watching the cows, the cups fell off a cow and fell into a very fresh and very runny pile of manure. It had sucked most of it up by the time we noticed. We were too scared to tell his father because he would have copped a hiding. Thankfully no one noticed the value added milk and no one died from drinking it. Mum couldn't work out why I wouldn't drink my milk next morning.

FollowupID: 619993

Reply By: Member - joc45 (WA) - Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 19:26

Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 19:26
In the WA country, we also had the Watkins man flogging similar stuff, but from the back of a van. I recall Mum had a tin of their salve - she used if for cuts, boils, stuffed noses, chest rub, bad language, you name it!!
AnswerID: 351383

Reply By: Holden4th - Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 20:49

Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 20:49
Mum was a great fan of Rawleigh's and always had some of their product on hand. The one I remember most was a pink, somewhat viscous liquid that was supposed to settle the stomach and intestines - I remember liking the sweet yet chalky taste. Does anyone know what it was as Rawleigh's home page doesn't seem to list it.
AnswerID: 351407

Follow Up By: Member - Ian W (NSW) - Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 22:54

Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 22:54

Yes I remember that one, I now suspect that it was probably milk of magnesia with an overload of flavouring chucked into it.

FollowupID: 619691

Reply By: Member - William H (WA) - Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 23:11

Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 23:11
Good evening all.

What have i started?????????? It's great to read all the stories from all you good members out their, as of tomorrow i will have the salv and medicated one delivered to my door from the rep in Bunbury...WA, cost is $15:50 for the two and i will have it for the first aid kit i will get from EO,thanks for all your in put on this .

Cheers for now....William H...Bunbury...WA.
AnswerID: 351434

Follow Up By: Member - William H (WA) - Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 23:13

Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 23:13
Sorry it should be $15:50 per tin.

Cheers for now...William H...Bunbury...WA
FollowupID: 619693

Sponsored Links

Popular Products (13)