Item #CL203-31 Australian Mobile Dentist’s Van
Australian Mobile Dentist’s Van
Australian Mobile Dentist’s Van
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Australian Mobile Dentist’s Van

c1920s. Album containing eight vintage silver gelatin photographs, 9 x 11.9cm (approx. each image) and 15.3 x 21.3 x 1cm (album). Slight foxing to album and some images, a few with silvering, one image loose and creased, others laid down on album pages.

The mobile dental surgery was operated by Raoul Soufflot, a dental surgeon, whose plaque appears on the exterior of the van. The images depict the exterior and interior of the van, showing the equipment housed inside it.

During WWI, Raoul Soufflot (Aust., 1890–1947) became a staff sergeant in the AIF and was assigned to a dental unit overseas. He returned from the war on 26 May 1918, disembarking from the HS Karoola. He was awarded the British War Medal, and Victory Medal.

Before enlisting. Soufflot was residing and working as a dentist in South Yarra, Melbourne. Sometime after his return to Australia, he purchased a new van and got it fitted out as mobile dentist surgery, as detailed in the photographs. Ref: Virtual War Memorial Australia.

This is a rare visual record of an early mobile dental practice in Australia.

Item #CL203-31

Price (AUD): $1,950.00  other currencies

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