Catalogue Number: 2102
Nissel V Contour contact lens trial set.
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Contact lenses and accessories
Corporation: G Nissel and Co. (Aust) Pty Ltd
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Hawthorn East, Vic, Australia
Publisher/Manufacturer: G Nissel and Co. Australia
Description Of Item: Nissel V Contour contact lens trial set. Hinged case, 207 mm x 106 mm x 20 mm, brown leatherette covered, inside lid has a padded imitation silk insert, light orange plastic insert in body of case with 36 recesses containing contact lenses (15 missing), each recess numbered with a dimension ranging from 7.2 to 9.0, two recesses for suction holders for inserting and removing lenses (missing), hand written label held by transparent sticky tap reading 'All lenses, V Cont 9.0 diam, Power -3.00 D E.L 3.00/flat. Loose paper giving specifications of the trial lenses with the identification G NISSEL & CO (AUST) PTY LTD /4A MONTROSE STREET HAWTHORN EAST, VIC, 3123.
Historical Significance: G Nissel and Co. Australia Pty Ltd was set up about 1952 with its premises in Union Road Surrey Hills Victoria Australia. It was an associated but separate company to G Nissel and Co. in London. The company later changed its name to GNL Contact Lens Australia Pty Ltd. The original owner was a Mr Agnew who sold the business to Victor Lowe about 1954 and returned to England. Lowe had trained in optical dispensing and had worked for John Langley Pty Ltd a Melbourne wholesale optical laboratory. He and his associate Gordon Douglas studied precision optical manufacture at the Royal Melbourne Technical College and their company had a reputation for the optical quality of its contact lenses. It was one of about four Australian contact lens manufacturing companies in the mid 20th C. The company closed about 1986. See Cat No 1933 for John Strachan's recollections of the contact lens industry in Australia dated 2007.
How Acquired: Donated by Ian Douglas, former President of the College
Date Acquired: April 2012
Condition: Good except leatherette shows signs of wear and some lenses missing
Location: Archive room. West wall. Unit 6 Drawer 2