Dow’s Pharmacy

Step into a long gone era of medicine at this unique country pharmacy

A pharmacy for over a century, located in Chiltern, this fascinating commercial premises was built in 1859. One of the early pharmacists was David McEwen, father of the Australian prime minister, John McEwen.

Pharmacist Hilda and her husband and apprentice, Roy, ran the pharmacy from 1929 until 1968.

Having closed the doors in 1968 everything inside remained intact. Some of the stock and equipment even predated Mrs Dow’s tenure and is from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Medicines, photographic supplies, shop fittings and other stock in original packaging and on original displays can be seen in one of the few authentic shops remaining in Australia.


Place Details

Opening Times

Tuesday: 11:00am-2:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am-3:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am-2:00pm


Adult: $5
Concession: $4
Child: $3
Family: $12

National Trust Members receive FREE


42 Conness Street
Chiltern 3683 VIC

Located on Yorta Yorta Country

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Victoria and recognise their continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and to Elders past and present.

Plan your Visit

Dow’s Pharmacy


42 Conness Street
Chiltern 3683 VIC


Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday.

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