Catalogue Number: 2058
Three testimonal letters for Miss H Moody
Category: Memorabilia and ephemera
Sub-Category: Advertising, ophthalmic practitioners
Author: Arthur WYLIE, Selima DICKSON, CJ PRATULO
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1902, 1905, 1914
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Ararat, Bacchus Marsh, Braybrook.
Description Of Item: Three testimonial letters for Miss H Moody. Melbourne Optician (1) small letter 110 mm W x 170 mm D from Arthur Wylie dated January 8 1902 on a wooden back with glass cover held by two brass clips (2) quarto size letter from Selima Dickson dated September 13 1905 with franked envelope pasted on, the whole pasted on stiff card with marks suggesting the letter was once framed, (3) quarto size letter from CJ Pratullo dated January 8 1914 in a brown frame with makeshift prop on the back.
Historical Significance: These items were donated with other items (See Cat No 2055, 2056. 2057) by Mr Boxhall, the grandson of a Mr Garratt who is presumed to be the successor to the practice of Miss H Moody. Miss Moody was in optometric practice at least from 1902 to 1914. These three testimonial letters addressed to her dated 1902. 1905 and 1914 were among the items donated by Mr Boxall). Miss Moody was a foundation member of the Victorian Optical Association, as her certificate of membership testfies (Cat No 2056 Donated by Mr Boxall). The date on the certificate 23 May 1911 is the day the Association was established. She was only woman among 26 foundation members (See Cat No 1641). Ms Moody was not an applicant for Registration in 1935 nor was she registered under the the new Opticians Registration Act of Victoria 1935 when the first optometrists were registered in 1936. She may have retired from practice by that date. A claim could be made that Miss Moody was the first woman optometrist in Victoria. Miss Moody practised at 231 Bourke Street East Melbourne.
How Acquired: Donated by John Boxshall 597 Canning Street, Carlton N, Vic 3054
Date Acquired: March 2009
Condition: Good. Glass broken on one item
Location: Archive room. West wall. Unit 2 Drawer 2