Victorian Optical Association Fellowship examination papers and records

Catalogue Number: 1564
Victorian Optical Association Fellowship examination papers and records
Category: Papers
Sub-Category: Exam paper or record
Association: Victorian Optical Association
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1926 and 1927
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Melbourne
Publisher/Manufacturer: Victorian Optical Association
Description Of Item: Quarto sheets being the examination papers of the Victorian Optical Association for Fellowship of the Victorian Optical Association for November 1926 examinations in Transposiitons, Anatomy and Physics and for November 1927 examinations in Physiologic optics, Subjective sight testing, Phorometry, Retinoscopy and Ophthalmoscopy with Practice Questions 1927 (4 pages) plus a letter dated Nov 1 1927 to JJ Roche from CW Kett notifying the dates of examinations, lecture dates and rules of examination. Two foolscap pages dated Dec 1926 and 16 Dec 1927 addressed to Mr J Roche listing the subjects of the two years of the Fellowship course giving Mr Roche's results for first year in 1926 and second year 1927. Booklet written by HS Latimer being student notes for the lectures on anatomy of the eye and orbit in the VOA course 1924,
Historical Significance: The Victorian Optical Association conducted a course for Fellowship of the Association (FVOA) from 1913 which continued to 1940 when it was replaced by the four-year course of the Australian College of Optometry, which had been established to provide a university level course in 1940. The Fellowship course was a 2 year part-time course initially, becoming a 3 year part-time course in 1928. James Roche was one of the 233 optometrists first registered in 1936 after the Opticians Registration Act was enacted in December 1935. Roche is recorded in Registration Board papers (See Cat No 889) as having a Fellowship of the Victorian Optical Association (FVOA) and as the principal of an optometry practice at 18 Melby Av St Kilda and/or Elizabeth House Elizabeth Street Melbourne for 8 years previously. His daughter said he never practised, advice that is supported by the mint condition of items of his equipment donated to the museum. Roche's main business may have been as a pharmacist or a jeweller.
How Acquired: Donated by Ms Thea Roche, daughter of Melbourne optometrist James John Roche
Condition: Sheets are water stained
Location: Archive office. Pamphlet and ephemera filing cabinet. Drawer 3

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