Staff of Coles and Garrard

Catalogue Number: 110
Staff of Coles and Garrard
Category: Painting or other art work
Sub-Category: Drawing or etching
Artist: OVENDEN Dick (1897-1972)
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1936
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Melbourne
Description Of Item: Framed cartoon (400 x 270 mm) of the staff of Coles and Garrard Pty Ltd Inscribed 'To Earle Coles with best wishes from a pal, the artist Dick Ovenden 1930.'
Historical Significance: Coles and Garrard Pty Ltd was the largest optometry firm in Melbourne from about 1920 until it was sold to OPSM in the 1990s and closed shortly afterwards. Earle Coles was the proprietor. He was a member of the first Victorian Registration Board. It includes an image of William George Cole (top right hand corner) the father of Barry L Cole, who became the foundation professor of optometry at the the University of Melbourne. Richard (Dick) Ovenden (1897-1972) was a well known Melbourne cartoonist and caricaturist. Several pieces of his work are held in the National Library of Australia.1.3 Mb image in Museum iPhoto
How Acquired: Donated by Mr W G Cole (1903-1987). Melbourne optometrist
Condition: Very good
Location: Archive room. East wall Unit 1 Cupboard

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