Our History

Did you know that Lucas' Papaw Ointment has a proud history spanning over 100 years?

See how the work and passion of one man led to the creation of a special product that is now used by thousands of people around the world every day.

About the Formulator – Dr. T.P. Lucas

Born in Scotland in 1843, Thomas Pennington Lucas developed a love for natural history, botany and medicine from a young age. His interests in these areas led to a lifetime passion for botany and an esteemed career as a medical practitioner.

As his degrees, diplomas, and honours indicate, Dr Lucas was among the leading medical men of his day.

M.R.C.S., England

L.R.C.P., Edin.

Lic. Mid., Edin.

Lic. Soc. Apoth., Lond

Late fellow Med. Soc., London

Memb. British Med. Assoc.

Fel.Lin.Soc., N.S.W.

Fel. Roy. Sac., Queensland

Fel. Entom., London

Royal Society's Club. Land.

Fel. Entomological Soc., U.S. America.


In addition to his studies and involvement with many prestigious groups, Dr. Lucas was also a contributor to The British Medical Journal London as far back as 1875.

Originally practicing medicine in London, Dr. Lucas came to Australia in 1876 seeking a warmer climate. He initially moved to Melbourne where he practiced for 10 years before moving to Brisbane in Queensland. It was in Queensland that the story of Lucas’ Papaw Ointment really starts to take shape.

The "Discovery" of the Benefits of Papaw

After moving to Queensland, Dr Lucas carried out numerous scientific studies, botanical and medicinal experiments, looking for a natural remedy for disease. Dr Lucas started to combine his medical training with his profound knowledge of natural history and botany. While carrying out his botanical research, Dr Lucas studied tens of thousands of botanical specimens. The specimen which commanded his closest attention and to which he devoted special study was the papaw tree.

The papaw plant and its fruit impressed Dr Lucas so much that his investigations led him to describe it as “the world's greatest healing agent”. From then on, Dr. Lucas devoted his researches to its application to modern medicine and, as a consequence, its benefits to humanity.

Papaw Ointment & the Vera Papaw Hospital

The passion Dr Lucas had for medicine and caring for people led him to open a special Hospital called "Vera". At the hospital, located in Brisbane, patients were treated solely by his Papaw remedies. Take a look at your red plastic jar or tube of Lucas Papaw Ointment and you will see the trade mark "Vera Papaw Hospital" picture is still printed on them today.

The hospital recorded many fantastic results, including cases of disease which had until then been deemed incurable yielding to this latest treatment. As people saw the benefits of the ointment its use spread around Australia and the world. There was even a testimony to Papaw written in 1910 by the Great Ormond St. Hospital London.

The Legacy of Dr Lucas and his Ointment

On his death, Dr Lucas left to his widow the complete formulae of his preparations and all directions for compounding them. Mrs. Lucas (who for many years had been actively engaged with him in his hospital work) gave active and devoted attention to continuing the production of the ointment that her husband had worked so hard to create.

After the death of Dr. Lucas it was impossible to carry on the overwhelming work that the Vera Papaw Hospital entailed. However, it was possible to make available for the public benefit the remedies which were used for treatment and therapy.

Now several generations on, the all important papaw remedies have been passed on to the descendants of Dr Lucas. Today, the family owned business continues to manufacture Lucas’ Papaw Ointment to the same formula that Dr. Lucas used to prepare the ointment he worked so hard to create in his lifetime.



Copy Cat Alert

Wow we are shocked at how dishonest some manufacturers can be.

We are asking our wonderful customers to be very careful when purchasing Lucas’ Papaw Ointment.  Our dedicated customers and supporters have let us know that there are now products for sale that look a lot like Lucas’ Papaw Ointment but are not.

Some tricky manufacturers are using our red packaging colour and setting up their black printing and placement of logos so that their products look a lot like the tried and trusted Lucas’ Papaw Ointment. One has even copied our round logo and put their own name in it! These manufacturers are trying to fool our loyal customers.  We have received numerous emails and letters from disappointed customers who have mistakenly picked up one of these copy cat brands.

You can be sure that our company, Lucas’ Papaw Remedies, only makes one terrific product – Lucas’ Papaw Ointment.  We concentrate hard on making Lucas’ Papaw Ointment the best it can be so we do not make any other forms of products.

If we ever have to change anything about our packaging, (for example this year we put a new seal on our 25gm tubes), we let our customers know in advance through our website, www.lucaspapaw.com.au  and FaceBook page, https://www.facebook.com/Lucas-Papaw-Remedies-449414955240453 .

Please be especially careful when you shop for Lucas’ Papaw Ointment to make sure you are picking up our trusted and effective brand.



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