Catalogue Number: 2300
Fred Hollows: an autobiography
Sub-Category: Book of historical note
Author: HOLLOWS Fred C, CORRIS Peter
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1991
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Richmond, Victoria
Publisher/Manufacturer: John Kerr Pty Ltd
Description Of Item: Illustrated pictorial dust wrapper, black boards, 240 x 160 mm, 239 pages and one unnumbered. Black and white illustrations including photographs.
Historical Significance: Frederick Cossom (Fred) Hollows, AO (1985) AC (1991) BA MBBA FRACO (1929-1993) was an ophthalmologist widely known for his work in restoring eyesight for aboriginal people in Australia and in developing countries. He was born in New Zealand, the son of truck driver, and studied medicine at the Otago Medical School. He was a rough diamond, whose speech and autobiography was filled with expletives. He was once an active member of the Communist Party of NZ. He studied ophthalmology in Wales, UK, and came to Australia in 1965 as Associate Professor of ophthalmology at the University of NSW. He was appointed specifically to teach optometry students diseases of the eye to break an impass with the Royal Australian College of Ophthalmologists, who boycotted such teaching to prevent optometrists being able to use diagnostic drugs. He reneged on that commitment and despite early support for optometry, became a hostile opponent. In the 1970s, Hollows visited isolated NSW towns, stations and Aboriginal communities and became especially concerned with the high number of Aborigines who had eye disorders. In 1971, he set up the Aboriginal Medical Service in Redfern in Sydney, and was subsequently responsible for the establishment of medical services for Aboriginal People throughout Australia. Hollows himself spent three years visiting Aboriginal communities to provide eye care and carry out a survey of eye defects. He also worked to provide medical and surgical eye care in Eritrea. He established intraocular lens laboratories in Eritrea and Nepal. There is also a large print paper back edition published in 1992 Cat No 613.
How Acquired: Ex Nathan Library
Date Acquired: Sep 2013
Location: Nathan Library. Hewett collection