Coat of arms of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers

Catalogue Number: 144
Coat of arms of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers
Category: Historical object or artefact
Artist: unknown
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Description Of Item: Hand drawn and coloured image of the coat of arms of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers on paper (230 W x 280 H mm) in an unglazed timber veneer frame 355 W x 460 H mm) with an engraved plastic label 50 mm W x 10 mm H affixed to the bottom part of the frame reading 'B Nathan Fellow of the Worshipful Guild of Spectacle Makers, London'.
Historical Significance: Bertram Nathan was the first Chairman of the Victorian Optometrists Registration Board in 1936. He played a very important role in establishing a four-year university level optometry course in 1940 and in the foundation of the Australian College of Optometry. He was a key figure in steering the new College through internal disputes that threatened its survival in its first years. See his profile in 'People who made history' on this web site. He was Treasurer of the VCO 1955-1956 and was instrumental in obtaining a grant from the Government of Victoria to enable the College to buy property in Cardigan Street Carlton on which it could build its own building . He was also the first person to persuade the Government of Victoria to make regular recurrent grants to the College that enabled it to appoint its first full time lecturer and later to make a building grant to the College in 1957. He studied optometry in London gaining the FIOO and the FSMC diplomas and returned to Australia on the end of World War 1. See also Cat Nos 10, 142, 143, 144, 387, 799, 890. 896. 914 - 916, 967, 1242. He was made an honorary life member fo the College in 1960 See Cat No 1647Digital image 3.4 Mb in Museum iPhoto
How Acquired: Donated by John Nathan
Date Acquired: 2006
Condition: Good
Location: Archive room. West wall. Unit 2 Drawer 4

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