The Opticians' Registration Board 1936-1937

Catalogue Number: 111
The Opticians' Registration Board 1936-1937
Category: Photographs
Sub-Category: Photograph People and events
Photographer: Spencer Fotier
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1937
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Melbourne
Description Of Item: Framed black and white photograph (image 380 x 280 mm) with slip bearing the words 'The Opticians' Registration Board 1936-1937. Standing (from left) Mr Hl Gordon (registrar), Mr HE Coles, Dr T A'B Travers, Mr HSS Bell, Mr SM Raphael; Sitting (from left): Mr LRC Werner, Mr B Nathan(Chairman), Mr EL Gault.
Historical Significance: This photographs depicts the members of the first Opticians' Registration Board of Victoria. Earle Coles was the proprietor of Coles and Garrard Pty Ltd, the largest optometry firm in Victoria from the 1920s until it was purchased by OPSM and closed down in the 1990s. Dr T A'Beckett Travers and Dr Edward Gault were prominent ophthalmologists of the day. Mr SM Raphael was the proprietor of John Browning, a large optometry firm in Collins Street and Mr LRC Werner was the joint proprietor of another large optometry city firm Werners. Mr Nathan played important roles in obtaining an Opticians' Registration Act in 1935 and was influential in the early years of the Australian College of Optometry. See 'People who made history' tab on this web site for more information about LRC Werner and his father, who founded the Werner optometry practice, and Bertram Nathan4.6 Mb image in Museum iPhoto
How Acquired: Donated by John Nathan
Condition: Good
Location: Archive room. North wall slat board

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