Membership lapel pin of the Optometrical Students Society

Catalogue Number: 539
Membership lapel pin of the Optometrical Students Society
Category: Memorabilia and ephemera
Sub-Category: Badges, pins
Community group: Optometrical Students Society
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c 1960
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Melbourne
Publisher/Manufacturer: Optometrical Students Society
Description Of Item: Lapel pin, gold metal, white enamel eye shaped badge, with gold letters OSS on a blue background representing the pupil of the eye, gold border with the word 'Optometry' the the lower section.
Historical Significance: This pin was worn by the members of the Optometrical Students Society. The Optometrical Students Society had been formed in 1948 by David Cockburn and Derek Gardiner, both second year optometry students at the time. They were the inaugural President and Secretary and under their leadership the society made its voice and opinions heard and in one instance, to the great annoyance of the Council (see Cole BL. David Michael Cockburn OAM Clin Exp Optom 2003; 86: 57-62, especially page 59). This pin was given to Alan Isaacs by then student President Anthony J Adams, who graduated in 1962 and subsequently became Professor and Dean of the School of Optometry at the University of California, Berkeley.
How Acquired: On loan from Alan Isaacs, honorary life member of the College and former Councillor of the College
Date Acquired: Jan 2008
Condition: Excellent
Location: Archive office. Pamphlet and ephemera filing cabinet. Drawer 1

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