One dollar Australian coin commemorating Fred Hollows

Catalogue Number: 2554
One dollar Australian coin commemorating Fred Hollows
Category: Painting or other art work
Sub-Category: Philatelic item
Government body: Royal Australian Mint (designer: V Gottwald)
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 2010
Time Period: 21st C
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Deakin, Australian Capital Territory
Publisher/Manufacturer: Royal Australian Mint
Description Of Item: Uncirculated, mint, one dollar coin issued by the Royal Australian Mint in its series on inspirational Australians. The coin, 25 mm diameter, is an alloy of aluminium and bronze and bears the date of 2010. It portrays Professor Fred Hollows wearing his half moon look-over glasses performing an IOL implant in an operation to remove a cataract. The other side portrays the profile of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen of Australia. It is mounted in a souvenir card, 100 x 165 mm, within a clear plastic 'bubble' that enables both sides of the coin to be viewed. The back of the card gives information about Fred Hollows
Historical Significance: Frederick Cossom (Fred) Hollows, AO (1985) AC (1991) BA MBBS FRACO (1929-1993) was an ophthalmologist widely known for his work in restoring eyesight for aboriginal people in Australia and in developing countries. He was born in New Zealand, the son of truck driver, and studied medicine at the Otago Medical School. He was a rough diamond, whose speech and autobiography were filled with expletives. He was once an active member of the Communist Party of NZ. He studied ophthalmology in Wales, UK, and came to Australia in 1965 as Associate Professor of ophthalmology at the University of NSW. He was appointed specifically to teach optometry students diseases of the eye to break an impasse with the Royal Australian College of Ophthalmologists, which boycotted such teaching to prevent optometrists being able to use diagnostic drugs. He reneged on that commitment and despite early support for optometry, became a hostile opponent. In the 1970s, Hollows visited isolated NSW towns, stations and Aboriginal communities and became especially concerned with the high number of Aborigines who had eye disorders. In 1971, he set up the Aboriginal Medical Service in Redfern in Sydney, and was subsequently responsible for the establishment of medical services for Aboriginal People throughout Australia. Hollows himself spent three years visiting Aboriginal communities to provide eye care and carry out a survey of eye defects. He also worked to provide medical and surgical eye care in Eritrea. He established intraocular lens laboratories in Eritrea and Nepal
How Acquired: Purchased by Kett Optometry Museum
Date Acquired: Jan 2015
Condition: Mint
Location: Archive office. South wall. Cube 14. Stamp Album

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