Cherished artefacts donated to School of Medicine

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Spring 14-9-2010

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle Campus

Publication Place



A remarkable collection of medical instruments and artefacts, dating as far back as 100 years, was recently donated to The University of Notre Dame Australia’s School of Medicine by highly-regarded, Notre Dame Medical Placements Supervisor, Dr Marc Adonis.

On display in the Fremantle School of Medicine’s Galvin Library, Dr Adonis’s collection of age-old instruments and pharmaceuticals provides a striking addition to the contemporary setting of the Medical School.

Recognised for his integral role in the supervision of students at the School of Medicine, the recently-retired Dr Adonis said he hoped his donation would generate enthusiasm and discussion among students about the proud heritage of medical practice.

“My interest and passion to produce this collection was initiated in the early 70s when my wife Di bought me an old medical display box which occupied a prominent spot in my surgery,” he said.

Dr Adonis said his passion for collecting old medicines and equipments also sparked an interest in his patients who wanted to show their support by donating items to add to the collection.

“Patients became involved and flooded my rooms with generations of household medicines to complement what I had started,” he said.

“Overall the collection has been acquired from far off places such as Scotland and China and is truly eclectic in its development.

“Di and I are absolutely delighted that the collection has found a home where it will be much loved and will provide ongoing interest and perhaps some wonderful memories of years gone by.”

Acting Dean, Carole Steketee, and other staff members from the School of Medicine welcomed Dr Adonis and his wife, Di, at an afternoon tea on Tuesday 31 August, to thank him for his significant contribution.

The medical artefacts are currently on display in a custom-made jarrah cabinet in the Galvin Library, located in the main building of the School of Medicine, Fremantle. The display features a prominently placed pristine objet d’art wall chart of anatomical drawings originally purchased by Mrs Adonis.

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