Catalogue Number: 2720
Past leaders of the optometry profession in Victoria Second half 20th C
Sub-Category: Photograph People and events
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 2015
Time Period: 21st C
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Melbourne
Description Of Item: Three digital colour images of former officers of the Australian (Victorian) College of Optometry and the Optometrists Association. (1). 1915 x 997 792 kb. Those pictured are from left: Bill Cooper (d October 2015, ACO Councillor), Michael Aitken (ACO Honorary archivist ACO), Duncan Waite, Dr Rod Watkins AM (NVRI Chair, ACO councillor), Bruce Besley (d. October 2015, President OAA, ACO), John Pettit (ACO councillor and Treasurer), Professor Leon Garner OM (Head Dept Optometry Univ Auckland, Lecturer UoM Dept Optometry), Graham Hill OAM ( President ACO and long serving councillor), Professor Barry Collin AM (Reader in ACO and UoM Dept of Optometry. Professor at the University of NSW). Missing from this picture but at the 2015 luncheon: Dr David Cockburn OAM (Councillor, Chairman NVRI and Continuing Education Board ACO), Dr Alan Isaacs (Councillor ACO), Ross Harris (Member NVRI Board and ACO committees), Wolf Gartner (ACO Councillor), John Nathan OAM (Director of Studies and President ACO), Dawn Odgers (councillor and teacher ACO) and Professor Barry Cole (ACO Director). (2) 1525 x 1023, 805 kb. Professor Barry Collin, Dr John Nathan, Dr David Cockburn, Dawn Odgers. (3) 1596 x 1498, 802 kb. Dr David Cockburn (wearing the insignia of the speaker in a spoof admission to Gerioptics Fellowship and Bruce Besley.
Historical Significance: This group of retired Victorian optometrists played active roles in the OAA, the Victorian College of Optometry or in academic optometry in the period 1950 to 2000. They met for lunch once a year from 2005. The photograph was taken in May 2013. The group has become known as the Gerioptics. See similar photos from different years at cat Nos. 990, 1193, 1839, 2020 and 2199.
How Acquired: Donated by Bill Cooper, member of the College
Date Acquired: May 2015
Location: Archive office. South wall. Cube 5 Album 3