Catalogue Number: 2790
Certificate of Associate membership of the Australasian Optometrical Association for R. C. Brier
Sub-Category: Certificate, diploma
Association: Australasian Optometrical Association
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1927
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Publisher/Manufacturer: Australasian Optometrical Association
Description Of Item: Digital image, 1794 x 2592, 5 Mb, of a certificate of Associate membership of the Australasian Optometrical Association for R. C. Brier dated 1927 and signed by William George Kett, President, and Howard S Bell, Registrar.
Historical Significance: The original certificate is held by Optometry Queensland and Northern Territory. The Australasian Optometrical Association was founded in 1918 at a national conference of representatives of the State optometrical associations (except Western Australia, which joined in later), although a constitution was not agreed until October 22 1920. Its original name was the Australasian Optometrical Association, later in 1953 becoming the Australian Optometrical Association and now known as Optometry Australia. It was formed as a Federation of the State Associations. The six State Associations were the members, not individual optometrists, who were members of their respective State associations. It seems it was decided that individual optometrists could be Associate Members (presumably without any voting or other rights of membership) and certificates of Associate membership were issued to those who applied for them. This is a digital copy of one issued to Royston Brier, a Brisbane optometrist, who was a founding member and foundation honorary secretary of Institute of Ophthalmic Opticians of Queensland when it was formed in 1908. He was later State President (See Cat no. 2789). The Kett Museum hold an original certificate of Associate membership of the Australasian Optometrical Association for Miss Ida Ghent, a Victorian optometrist (Cat no. 0091). A full list of those who were issued with certificates of Associate Membership of the Australasian Optometrical Association was published in Comm Optom April 1927 p 455.
How Acquired: Donated by Optometry Queensland and Northern Territory
Date Acquired: Jan 2016
Location: Archive computer iPhoto