Catalogue Number: 1714
Collection of examination papers 1944 to 1958 for subjects of the optometry course of the Australian College of Optometry
Sub-Category: Exam paper or record
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1944 to 1959
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Melbourne
Publisher/Manufacturer: Australian College of Optometry
Description Of Item: Examination papers typed on quarto and fooscap paper for (1) the Post Examination in Keratometric Effectivity 1944, (2) Optometry Part 1 1946, (3) Visual Optics 1947, (4) Visual Optics Part A (Anomalies of the Dioptric System) 1948 to 1953, (5) Anomalies of the Dioptric System 1953, 1954, 1956, 1958 and 1959(?). Handwritten answers for the 1944 examination on Keratometric Effectivity marked with the result of 90%. A letter dated December 12 1944 written by Ernest Jabara from his practice address in 71 Collins Street Melbourne to the Secretary of the Australian College of Optometry W J Gray BA that commends the student and his own teaching prowess.
Historical Significance: Ernest Jabara (1897-1981) was the examiner in the paper on keratometric effectivity, which seems to have been a supplementary examination in which the student (identified as D Allen, one of the first LOSc diplomates of the College) has demonstrated his competence in the subject. The letter by Jabara to Gray commends the student but its main purpose is to tell the College council that the curriculum of the course not well enough designed. Jabara was the first Chairman of the Council of the College when it was established in 1940 but he had an overbearing and self-important manner that lead him to lose the confidence of the Council in April 1942, at which time he resigned as Chairman and Councillor. He formed a breakaway group and remained a bitter critic of the College, although his influence waned within a few years. However, it is of interest that he was still an examiner in 1944 and his letter to Gray reflects his contempt of those who did not follow his educational model. An account of this dispute is to be found in Cole BL. Bertram Nathan Key figure in the history of optometric education Clin Exp Optom 2009; 92: 511-518. See People who made history this web site for a copy of this paper.
How Acquired: Donated by John Nathan, honorary life member of the Australian College of Optometry and a former President of the College
Date Acquired: 2009
Location: Archive office. Pamphlet and ephemera filing cabinet. Drawer 4