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Joseph Bosisto

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About Joseph Bosisto

Chemist and parliamentarian Joseph Bosisto (1824–98) arrived in Melbourne in the early 1850s, and visited the goldfields before establishing a pharmacy in Richmond. He devoted his life to many causes, including promoting the medicinal properties of eucalyptus oil, which he distilled and marketed with a distinctive parrot logo.

Historic reports reveal Bosisto's 1885 merger with his distributors, Felton Grimwade & Co, along with his role as a founder and president of the Pharmaceutical Society of Victoria, MLA and mayor of Richmond. He also represented Victoria at the 1883–84 Calcutta Exhibition, and the 1886 Colonial and Indian Exhibition in London.

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