Catalogue Number: 3581
44th Congress, Sydney, Section 7 Optometry Abstracts
Sub-Category: Conference programs, abstracts
Association: Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1972
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: New South Wales, Australia
Publisher/Manufacturer: V.C.N. Blight. Government Printer, New South Wales
Description Of Item: Booklet, orange-red light card cover, 166 x 248 mm, centre stapled, 21 pages plus end page. Ink initials 'ILB' on front cover and hand-written notes on several pages.
Historical Significance: When Australian optometrists first formed professional associations beginning in 1904 there was early recognition of the need to keep informed about new developments, which had its expression with monthly meetings at which a lecture might have been given. See for example Cat No. 551. The NSW association also started a monthly journal the Optometrist of NSW in 1914, which became The Commonwealth Optometrist in 1919 after a national association was formed in 1918. There were no State or National Conferences of optometrists specifically for the purpose of continuing education of Australian optometrists, except that a session or two was sometimes scheduled in conjunction with the national policy conferences held from 1918. The gap was filled by an optometry section in the annual conferences of the Australian Association for Advancement of Science beginning in 1939, with some hesitant earlier participation in earlier years from 1911. These meetings ended in 1984.
How Acquired: Donated by Ian Bailey, honorary life member of the College
Date Acquired: Mar 2018
Condition: Good except markings
Location: Archive office. Pamphlet and ephemera filing cabinet. Drawer 8