Catalogue Number: 916
Transcript of a meeting concerning the Ophthalmological Society's refusal to cooperate in providing instruction to optometry students
Sub-Category: Letter, notes, memos
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1944
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Melbourne
Description Of Item: Manila folder containing 25 foolscap numbered pages of carbon copy typescript of a meeting called by the Minister (of Health?) to consider the Ophthalmological Society's refusal to cooperate in providing instruction to optometry students and its condition for cooperation, namely that the Act be amended to prohibit advertising by optometrists.
Historical Significance: These papers bear on the opposition of ophthalmologists to advancing the education and standing of optometrists. The meeting was requested by the Registration Board. The file was the file of Bertram Nathan, the Chairman of the Opticians registration Board at the time. At the meeting were the Under-Secretary, Dr Travers (Ophthalmologist & member of the Board), Mr Nathan (Chairman of the Board), Sir James Barrett (Medical practitioner who taught Physiology at the University of Melbourne from 1887 to 1937 and was Chancellor 1935 to 1939) (Pictured), Mr Werner (Member of the Board), Dr Gault (Ophthalmologist & member of the Board) and Mr Dobbie (Optometrist). These papers report a defeat of the ophthalmological society on this matter and make amusing reading for optometrists, but perhaps not ophthalmologists. For more details about the significance of this document see the profile of Bertram Nathan on the web site under the tab 'People who made history'.
How Acquired: Donated by John Nathan, life member of the College
Location: Archive office. Pamphlet and ephemera filing cabinet. Drawer 2