Four digital photographs of optometry students of the Victorian College of Optometry

Catalogue Number: 2815
Four digital photographs of optometry students of the Victorian College of Optometry
Category: Photographs
Sub-Category: Photograph People and events
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1960
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Melbourne
Description Of Item: Four digital black and white photographs of optometry students of the Victorian College of Optometry. A Students clowning for the camera (From left Donald Mitchell, Ian Bailey, Stan Elwood, Anthony (Tony) Adams and Peter Skeates; B Students on the student room couch (Anthony Adams, Ian Bailey); C students in clinic white coats (Ken Hamer, Donald Mitchell, Stan Elwood, Anthony Adams, Peter Skeates); D Students in tutorial room (Anthony Adams, Ian Bailey Stan Elwood, Peter Skeates, Ken Hamer)
Historical Significance: Six of these students completed the course in 1961. They were Anthony J Adams, who became professor of optometry and Dean of the School of Optometry at the University of California Berkeley; Ian L Bailey who was to become famous for his invention of the LogMar visual acuity chart when he was a researcher in the National Vision Research Institute (NVRI) and later became Professor of Optometry also at the University of California Berkeley, and Donald E Mitchell, who achieved high recognition as a vision scientist and, after serving as the foundation Director of the NVRI, became Professor of Psychology and Head of Department at Dalhousie University, Halifax Canada. Also in the class was Peter Skeates from New Zealand who returned to NZ and was a member of staff in optometry at Auckland University, initially full time but later part time. The sixth graduate was Stan Elwood who practised optometry in Melbourne after serving some time in the Salvation Army. Ken Hamer withdrew from the course in third year. While these students were in the course it was upgraded to a degree course to be among the first to graduate with a BAppSc (Optometry). See profiles of Adams and Bailey published in Clin Exp Optom (2002; 85: 315-319 and 2009; 87; 37-41). In the first of these the significance of the student sofa in one of the pictures is explained. Some of these photographs are duplicates of digital photographs catalogued at Cat No 623.
How Acquired: Donated by Ian Bailey, honorary life member of the College
Date Acquired: Feb 2016
Location: Archive computer iPhoto

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