Latest RANZCO Museum Update

Summer, 2014/15

summer 2014 1Acquisitions

Many rare and unusual objects and collections have been donated this year including the ocular histology of Australian fauna established by Kevin O'Day in 1940.


summer 2014 2Restoration work to restore damaged or faded surfaces of cabinets and instruments is ongoing.
- This Eikanometer being stripped down for realignment and restoration

Website catalogue and presentations

Presentations and articles are continually being added to the website and the online catalogue of artefacts is frequently updated.
A new online guide assists in using the site and is now available in a link at the top of the museum home page.

subber 2014 3Curator David Kaufman with assistants Kirsten Campbell and Caroline Ondracek at the Hobart Museum exhibit

Jim Martin prize for poster

summer 2014 4This year in honour of the former curator, Jim Martin, a prize to encourage excellence in presentation will be awarded to the best historical poster. There has been an excellent response to exhibit posters from Ophthalmic and Orthoptic colleagues. Shirley Ma's poster on Cataract Couching was judged this year's winner.

EMu Calendar 2015

EMu is the company that hosts RANZCO Museum's electronic catalogue. It hosts many online catalogues for large museums and galleries. Each year EMu asks its members to submit information about an item of interest for their annual calendar. RANZCO Museum is featured in the 2015 calendar - January.

Summer 2014 EMUClick to enlarge

Brisbane 2014

An extensive exhibit with two main themes was on display at the RANZCO Scientific Conference.
The evolution of Cataract Surgery shows some footage of cataract surgery from the late 1920s and early 1930s, along with early cataract surgical equipment and techniques.
The exhibit includes early Orthoptic instrumentation and posters.

Move to Latrobe

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The RANZCO museum artefacts have been stored for over 20 years at The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne. There is also a significant display of a series of diagnostic slit lamps and perimeters at RANZCO Sydney.
RVEEH is undertaking a significant redevelopment of the site which demanded a relocation. On 29th September, over one hundred crates of catalogued and photographed material, with a large number of large pieces were moved to the CAVAL centre at La Trobe University. The CAVAL centre is a purpose built storage centre for university libraries and external museums. The mammoth task required much preparation which resulted in a seamless move. Although the centre offers superior facilities and work space, a permanent home for this valuable collection is required.


Dr David Kaufman
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