Fred Hollows: An Autobiography

Catalogue Number: 3682
Fred Hollows: An Autobiography
Category: Book
Sub-Category: Brochure/pamphlet/leaflet (museums)
Author: Fred Hollows with Peter Corris
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1991
Edition: 1
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Richmond. Victoria
Publisher/Manufacturer: John Kerr Pty Ltd
Description Of Item: Colour illustrated dust wrapper.Blue cloth209 pages240mmx160mmA soft cover of the book is available (Hewett Collection)
Historical Significance: Frederick Cossom (Fred) Hollows, AO (1985) AC (1991) BA MBBA FRACO (1929-1993) was an ophthalmologist widely known for his work in restoring eyesight for aboriginal people in Australia and in developing countries. He was born in New Zealand, the son of truck driver, and studied medicine at the Otago Medical School. He was a rough diamond, whose speech and autobiography were filled with expletives. He was once an active member of the Communist Party of NZ. He studied ophthalmology in Wales, UK, and came to Australia in 1965 as Associate Professor of ophthalmology at the University of NSW. He was appointed specifically to teach optometry students diseases of the eye to break an impass with the Royal Australian College of Ophthalmologists, who boycotted such teaching to prevent optometrists being able to use diagnostic drugs. He reneged on that commitment and despite early support for optometry, became a hostile opponent. In the 1970s, Hollows visited isolated NSW towns, stations and Aboriginal communities and became especially concerned with the high number of Aborigines who had eye disorders. In 1971, he set up the Aboriginal Medical Service in Redfern in Sydney, and was subsequently responsible for the establishment of medical services for Aboriginal People throughout Australia. Hollows himself spent three years visiting Aboriginal communities to provide eye care and carry out a survey of eye defects. He also worked to provide medical and surgical eye care in Eritrea. He established intraocular lens laboratories in Eritrea and Nepal
How Acquired: Donated by Optometry Australia
Date Acquired: 30/07/18
Condition: Good. Some library markings
Location: Archive room. East wall. Books by Australian authors

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