ADAQ Dental History Museum & Archives

Museum’s Vision: to illuminate the past and connect it with the present

ADAQ is committed to preserving the dental history of Queensland.

We hold one of the largest dentistry collections in Queensland and we are working to ethically preserve and display these items, and ultimately tell the story of dentistry and ADAQ as an organisation. Our archives and historical collections are an important educational tool for dental professionals and the public on the evolution of dentistry and oral health.

The ADAQ Dental History Preservation Committee carries out the vision of creating a museum of dentistry first developed by the Odontological Society of Queensland back in 1905. The need ‘to preserve the dental history of Queensland for posterity’ is enshrined in the ADAQ’s Constitution (2.1.9) and the effective preservation of its collections remains a strategic objective for ADAQ.

ADAQ Dental Museum collections include: a XVII century denture, terrifying extraction keys and other hand tools, pedal drills in working order, a beautiful 1910 wooden cabinet, an 1800s Swan neck chair, a 1920s x-ray machine, analgesics, and anaesthetics, teaching models and textbooks, and much more. 

ADAQ archives tell the history of dental practice, dental policy and practitioner training in Queensland through council minutes, publications, lecture notes and textbooks, as well as leaflets and information kits for patients.

The ADAQ Dental History Preservation Committee is currently curating and cataloguing the organisation’s historical archives and artefacts collections, to make them available to members, researchers and the wider public. Volunteers are always welcome to help with cataloguing, donations or other support.

A selection of items is on display at Christensen House, 24 Hamilton Place, Bowen Hills, Brisbane, visits by appointment only, please email: adaq@adaq.com.au. Our growing online catalogue is also available on the eHive platform.

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