Catalogue Number: 1578
Collection of papers from the files of Victor Simon
Sub-Category: Collection of papers (People) incl CVs
Author: Victor SIMON and others
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Description Of Item: Collection of papers belonging to Victor Simon, in three bundles (1) newspaper clippings 1957 and other dates, mostly about drivers vision, (2) correspondence mostly to and from Victor Simon, and (3) typescripts, handwritten notes and printed copies of addresses given and articles published by Victor Simon.
Historical Significance: Victor Simon qualified in optometry in 1927 by completing the 3-year part time course run by the Institute of Optometrists of NSW. He went into partnership with AJ Wyatt at 74 Pitt Street Sydney and later moved to Macquarie Street, then the medical street of Sydney. Wyatt was the Secretary of the NSW Institute, which had its address in Wyatt's practice. Simon was active in the profession in the mid 20thC. See HJ Alexander Aust J Optom 1975; 58: 352-353. He was a councillor of the Institute until 1968 and served as its President. He was also National president of the Australian Optometrical Association 1951-1952. He was very active in education, both his own and in teaching at the NSW Optometry course. He studied physiology for 3 years at the University of Sydney (1930-32), obtained his Fellowship of the UK Institute of Opticians in 1969 and took courses in contact lenses. He was a member of the NSW Registration Board 1947-1969. He was made an honorary life member of the AOA. He died in 1975.
How Acquired: Donated by Tony Simon, NSW optometrist, son of Victor Simon, a prominent optometrist in NSW mid 20thC
Date Acquired: Feb 2010
Location: Archive office. Pamphlet and ephemera filing cabinet. Drawer 4