Newsletter of the Victorian College of Optometry September 1967 and membership list at January 1 1967

Catalogue Number: 3531
Newsletter of the Victorian College of Optometry September 1967 and membership list at January 1 1967
Category: Papers
Sub-Category: Newsletter
Institution: Victorian College of Optometry
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1967
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Melbourne
Publisher/Manufacturer: Victorian College of Optometry
Description Of Item: Two items: (1) Newsletter of the Victorian College of Optometry No 3 September 1967, 2 pages, foolscap size, green paper for page 1 and pink for page 2, and (2) Membership list of the College at January 1 1967, 3 pages, foolscap size, green banner heading on page 1, listing the names, initials and postal address of 162 members including 11 honorary life members and 4 ex-officio honorary members.
Historical Significance: The Victorian College of Optometry was founded in 1940 (then the Australian College of Optometry) and provided a 4-year diploma course in optometry. For its first 18 years it had only one full-time staff member, the Secretary of the College: all teaching was done by casual lecturers and governance and management was in the hands of honorary councillors. The 1950s heralded an era of great change: a full-time lecturer was appointed in 1958, the College took occupancy of its own purpose-built premises in Carlton in 1960, in the same year its course was taken over by the University of Melbourne as a 4-year degree course and the College became affiliated to the University of Melbourne in the following year. Funding improved. Additional academic staff were appointed, student numbers increased and a research program was initiated. Higher degree students were enrolled for masters and PhD degrees. This early newsletter in this new era reflects the dynamism of the College in the 1960s. Reference is made to several people, then in their youth, who would exercise leadership in the three decades to come: Barry Cole, Barry Collin, Geoff Henry, Alan Johnston and Rod Watkins
How Acquired: Donated by Ian Bailey, honorary life member of the College
Date Acquired: Mar 2018
Condition: Good
Location: Archive office. Pamphlet and ephemera filing cabinet. Drawer 8

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