Certified Opticians Register at 31 December 1936

Catalogue Number: 888
Certified Opticians Register at 31 December 1936
Category: Papers
Sub-Category: Optometry Registration Board papers
Government body: Opticians Registration Board
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: January 27 1937
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Melbourne
Publisher/Manufacturer: HJ Green Victorian Government Printer
Description Of Item: (1) Two foolscap size pages torn from the Victorian Government Gazette No 22 of 27 January 1937 being a copy of the Register of Cerified Opticians as at December 31 1936. It lists the name, address, qualifications, date of registration and certificate number of each certified optician at that time [several copies] (2) Foolscap page (undatedI) being a supplementary list of certified opticians to May 17 1937, listing in print the name, address, qualifications, date of registration and certificate number with 5 typewritten names at the bottom of the page. (3) Quarto size letterhead for the Opticians Registration Board (of Victoria) signed by the Registrar H L Gordon dated 21 Sept 1937 being a cover letter addressed to certified opticans wiith an attached copy of the Regulations of the Board at August 23 1937
Historical Significance: This is the register of first persons deemed by law to be appropriately qualified as opticians (optometrists) in Victoria. The Opticians Registration Act was first enacted in 1935. Section 8 of the Act provided that persons deemed to have been practising as opticians prior to the Act were entitled to registration, the so-called 'grandfather clause'. In addition there were optometrists who had formal qualifications in optometry. These include those with the Fellowship of the Victorian Optical Association (FVOA) and the British qualifications of FBOA and FSMC. Since qualifications are given it is possible to count the numbers of 'grandfather' and number of formally qualified optometrists at the time. See Cat No. 2911 for Register of 1971.
How Acquired: Donated by John Nathan, honorary life member of the College
Condition: Good
Location: Archive office. Pamphlet and ephemera filing cabinet. Drawer 1

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