Catalogue Number: 2319
Wilfred Wenborn (1883-1976), optometric leader in the first half of the 19th C and principal founder of the Australasian Optometrical Association in 1918.
Sub-Category: Photograph People and events
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c 1920
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Description Of Item: Digital monochrome photograph, 1341 x 1692 pixels, 1 mb.
Historical Significance: Wilfred Wenborn was one of two representatives from New South Wales to the First National Conference of State optometrical associations held in Melbourne in 1918 at which it was agreed to form the Australasian Optometrical Association. This was the original name of the Australian Optometical Association (1951) and Optometrists Australia Association. He was the best prepared delegate and the most persuasive of the speakers. He was aged 35 at the time of the meeting. Wright in his history of Australian Optometry describes him as 'lean but strongly built, austere, clean-cut with straight centre-parted thick hair' and an eloquent logical speaker who relished his phrases. He was already a stalwart of the profession and would continue to be so for another 40 years. He had previously joined the short-lived Australasian Optical Association in 1905 and was elected to its committee in 1909. This association became the Institute of Ophthalmic Opticians of New South Wales in that year. He was NSW State president in 1917 and National President in 1919. He attended 21 successive national conferences of the Australian Optometrical Association over 38 years, the last in 1956
Location: Archive computer iPhoto