Catalogue Number: 374
Ernest Jabara, Vice President, first Chairman of the Australian College of Optometry
Sub-Category: Photograph People and events
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Description Of Item: Black and white photograph 80 mm W x 132 mm D of Ernest Jabara, Melbourne optometrist, who was one of the signatories to the founding memorandum of assocation of the College and its first vice president and first chairman of the Council.
Historical Significance: Ernest Jabara FSMC FIO (Lond) 1897-1981 was one of the 5 people who signed the Articles of Association of the Australian College of Optometry in December 1939. He was the foundation Chairman of the Council and first Vice President 1940 to 1942. He was chairman of Council because at that time the President was titular and did not normally attend Council meetings. The President on the foundation of the College was Judge Stretton. Jabara was a dominating and somewhat self opinionated man and he soon fell out with his Council and resigned. He had nothing to do with the College thereafter and the enmities ran deep for many years. This photograph was probably supplied by Jabara's widow in 1990 so his image could appear in the College Annual Report that commemorated the 50th year of the College. See Cat No 11 for a portrait of Ernest Jabara.Digital image 366 kb in Museum iPhoto
Location: Archive office. South wall. Cube 5 Album 1