Certificate of membership of the Victorian Optical Association for C W Kett

Catalogue Number: 934
Certificate of membership of the Victorian Optical Association for C W Kett
Category: Memorabilia and ephemera
Institution: Victorian Optical Association
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1911
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Melbourne
Publisher/Manufacturer: Victorian Optical Association
Description Of Item: Stiff white card, 173 mm W x 124 mm D, being a printed certificate of membership of the Victorian Optical Association dated in ink handwriting May 23 1911 in the name of C W Kett and signed by HH Baker, President, and FC (? JV) Needham, Secretary
Historical Significance: HH Baker FSMC was the first President of the VOA (1911-1914) and CW Kett FSMC FIO was a foundation member and later a President (1930-1935). Both became honorary life members of the Association, Baker in 1922 and Kett in 1954. Baker is credited with founding the Association. He had discussed with a number of his colleagues the possibility of forming an optical association as result of which a meeting was called to discuss the project. and the Victorian Optical Association was formed on the 23rd of May 1911. HH Baker was elected the first president. There were 26 Foundation members: Messrs HH Baker, FC Needham, W Aird, CW Kett, WP Wood, JPhillips, HS Bell, EJH McFarlane, GW Robbins, A Phillips, N Seward, W Donahay, FK Brent, HJ Donahay, C Thomas, G Gillespie, H Blashki, JV Needham, EJ Baker, M Treichel, A Williams, L Miller, W Nott, AWJones, O Foster and Miss H Moodie. Note that a woman was a foundation member. Kett was later in 1939 to be a founding member of the Australian College of Optometry and a foundation councillor of that body.
Condition: Good Some mottle staining. Pencil notes on back
Location: Archive office. Pamphlet and ephemera filing cabinet. Drawer 2

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