In 1893 advertisements were printed on New Zealand's Queen Victoria definitive issues of 1882 and 1891. Beecham's pills were a patent medicine which were first manufactured in England for export throughout the Empire in 1858. Although primarily a laxative, they were claimed to be effective " for Nervous and Bilious Disorders, such as wind and pain In the stomach, sick headache, giddiness, fullness and swelling after meals, dizziness and drowsincss, cold chills, flushings of heat, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, costiveness, scurvy, blotches on the skin, disturbed sleep, frightful dreams, and all nervous and trembling sensations, etc." They were not withdrawn from sale until 1998.
Queen Victoria Definitive with Advertising
1893 Advertisement for Beecham's Pills