Catalogue Number: 1576
Set of examination papers for the optometry course of the Institute of Optometrists of NSW for 1930
Sub-Category: Exam paper or record
Association: Institute of Optometrists of NSW (WG Kett examiner)
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1930
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Sydney
Publisher/Manufacturer: Institute of Optometrists of NSW
Description Of Item: Four examination papers, each printed on one side of a single half quarto glossy white paper, being the examination papers of December 1930 of the Institute of Optometrists of NSW for First year Part 1 (Optics); First Year Part II (Optics); Second Year Part I General and ocular anatomy and physiology, embryology; Second year part II Physiological Optics and refraction; Third year Part I Optometry and phorometry. There are 2 copies for all but one of the examination papers.
Historical Significance: At the time the optometrists association in NSW was known as the Institute of Optometrists of NSW. It was founded in 1904 but originally named the Australasian Optometrical Association. it changed its name in 1909 to the Institute of Ophthalmic Opticians of NSW, later changing it to Institute of Optometrists of NSW. It offered a course from 1926 leading to the Fellowship of the Institute of Optometrists of NSW (FIO). Initially it was a two year (part-time) course, later extended to three years. W G Kett was the director of education of the Institute, having studied in London in 1914 and qualified with a FSMC. An optometry registration Act was passed by the NSW parliament in 1930 and a four year course was started at the Sydney Technical College in 1931 and the new course lead to the Associate Diploma of the Sydney Technical College (ASTC). See Wright's History of Optometry in Australia and WG Kett's profile in 'People who made history' on this web site.
How Acquired: Donated by Tony Simon, NSW optometrist, son of Victor Simon, a prominent optometrist in NSW mid 20thC
Condition: Very good
Location: Archive office. Pamphlet and ephemera filing cabinet. Drawer 4