Collection of dinner invitations and menus

Catalogue Number: 922
Collection of dinner invitations and menus
Category: Memorabilia and ephemera
Sub-Category: Invitations
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1923 to 1946
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Melbourne
Publisher/Manufacturer: Victorian Optical Association
Description Of Item: Six dinner invitations with menus, toasts, speeches and entertainment, single fold cards except one which is a simple card(1) 1918 Dec 2. 1st Interstate Conference Delegates Dinner CTA Flinders St Melbourne, (2)1923 May 12 Annual Dinner at Sargent's Cafe Elizabeth St City, (3) 1932 July 5th. Twenty First Anniversary Dinner, which includes an invitation card for both the dinner and a theatre party at the Plaza with Supper at the Wentworth Cafe on July 7th, (4) 1937 September 13th 25th Anniversary Dinner at Victoria Palace, (5) 1941 September 25th Congress Dinner at Hotel Federal, (6) 1942 September 23rd 30th year Dinner at the Federal Hotel, (7) 1946 May 27 Welcome to returned optometrists Dinner at the Victoria Palace with signatures of some of the attendees on the back
Historical Significance: The Victorian Optical Association (later named the Australian Optometrical Association Victorian Division) had the custom of having an annual dinner from its earliest years (it was founded in 1911) until about 2005. They were often formal occasions with black tie, a guest speaker and guests from government and cognate professions.
Condition: Good to fair
Location: Archive office. Pamphlet and ephemera filing cabinet. Drawer 2

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