Our boys at the front (Wartime optometry)

Catalogue Number: 2665
Our boys at the front (Wartime optometry)
Category: Papers
Sub-Category: Newspaper, newspaper clipping
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1995
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Melbourne
Publisher/Manufacturer: Australian Optometrical Association
Description Of Item: Two-page spread (pages 10 and 11) from the June 1995 issue of Australian Optometry carrying a story about well known Australian optometrists who served in the Second World War (1939-1945). Pages 9 and 12 of the issue are printed on the back of the 2-page spread.
Historical Significance: The Second World War from 1939 to 1945 was an long interruption to ordinary life in Australia, with young men enlisting (or being conscripted) to fight on the European and African fronts to repel German and Italian forces, and in New Guinea to repel the Japanese invasion in south east Asia that was threatening the northern borders of Australia. Some were qualified optometrists (see for example Cat No 1473 for the story of Ken MacFarlane) and some who would become optometrists under the rehabilitation schemes that helped returning servicemen re-enter ordinary life after the end of the war. This story in Australian optometry of June 1995 recounts the wartime experience of four prominent Australian optometrists, Geoffrey Morris (who was already qualified as an optometrist when he enlisted), J Lloyd Hewett, Arthur Ley and David Cockburn.
How Acquired: Donated by Dawn Odgers, member of the College
Date Acquired: May 2015
Condition: Very good
Location: Archive office. Pamphlet and ephemera filing cabinet. Drawer 6

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