Certificate of Fellowship of the Institute of Ophthalmic Opticians for Ernest Macfarlane

Catalogue Number: 109
Certificate of Fellowship of the Institute of Ophthalmic Opticians for Ernest Macfarlane
Category: Papers
Sub-Category: Certificate, diploma
Institution: Institute of Ophthalmic Opticians
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1930
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London
Publisher/Manufacturer: James B Sly 9 - 10 Edward St London
Description Of Item: Certificate 380 x 270 mm mounted on card 555 x 405 mm with imitation wood finish awarded to Ernest James Hilton MacFarlane 17th July 1930. This certificate was professionally framed in January 2019
Historical Significance: In the late 19th C and early 20th C, Australian optometrists often travelled overseas to obtain training and qualifications. Some studied for the Fellowship of the British Optical Association (FBOA) and others the Fellowship of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers (FSMC). Other early Australian optometrists had migrated from the UK and already had British qualifications. The Institute of Ophthalmic Opticians was another UK optometry association that offered a fellowship by examination (FIO) during the first half of the 20th C. Ernest MacFarlane had a long-established optometry practice at 13 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, Victoria. He had purchased the practice in about 1905 from a Mr Pugh. He was joined in his practice by his son, Ken MacFarlane. (Source: An optometrists war 1940-1945. Excerpts of Ernest MacFarlane's war time letters assembled by Heather Haughton (See Cat No 1473) and in part published in Haughton H. Au revoir my darling : an intimate correspondence 1940-1945 Chatswood NSW; New Holland 2010.)2.8 Mb image in Museum iPhoto
How Acquired: Donated by
Condition: Very good
Location: Archive room. North wall slat board

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