Documents relating to rejected applicants for registration under the Opticans Registration Act of 1935

Catalogue Number: 1406
Documents relating to rejected applicants for registration under the Opticans Registration Act of 1935
Category: Papers
Sub-Category: Optometry Registration Board papers
Government body: Opticians Registration Board of Victoria
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1937
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Melbourne
Description Of Item: (1) 6 foolscap pages of carbon copy typescript being a list of 147 persons refused registration with an explanatory cover page. (2) 6 foolscap size pages of carbon copy typescript being a list of 489 applicants for registration in alphabetical order with the Board's decision to register or reject. (3) Letter undated (1937?) and signed by JP Gorman at 100 Brunswick Street Fitzroy addressed to the Premier of Victoria complaining about the Registration Board's interpretation of the Act in rejecting some applicants for registration and a letter also to Premier dated 10 August 1937 from the Registrar explaining the Board's procedures and three related procedural letters. (4) one page foolscap duplicated typescript dated 27 August 1937 calling a meeting of the Rejected Opticians' Association
Historical Significance: The Opticians Registration Act was passed in December 1935 by the Victorian parliament providing for the first time for the registration of optometrists and the prohibition of the practice of optometry by persons who are not registered. The first task of the Opticians Registration Board was to consider applications for registration and register those deemed suitably qualified. The Fellowship of the Victorian Optical Association (FVOA) and the Fellowships of the British Optical Association (FBOA) and of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers Corporation (FSMC) were recognised as qualifications for registration. Section 8 of the Act provided that those who had been engaged continuously in the bona fide practice of optometry in Australia or New Zealand for three years as a principal or five years as an employee before the act were also entitled to registration. These papers relate to the responses of those whose applications were rejected. See See Cole BL 'Bertram Nathan Key figure in the history of optometric education' Clin Exp Optom 2009 for an historical account of the passing the registration act in 1935 and the work of the Registration Board in its first years, also to be found on this web site under the tab 'People who made history'.
How Acquired: Donated by Optometrists Registration Board, Victoria
Date Acquired: c1985
Condition: Good
Location: Archive office. Pamphlet and ephemera filing cabinet. Drawer 3

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