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Biographical entry Brier, Hamlyn Royston (1911 - 2001)

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia


Hamlyn Brier was an optometrist who, after serving an apprenticeship in Brisbane, qualified with a Diploma from Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers, London, the first Australian to do so. While in private practice in Brisbane, Brier played a central role in professional organisations, serving as President of the Institute of Optometrists (Queensland) and the Australian Optimetrical Association, and being a founding member and office bearer of the Contact Lens Society of Australia. In 1939 he was instrumental in the inclusion of optometry in Section A of Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science. He was also heavily involved in the 1940s in attempts to have optometry included in proposed National Health Scheme. Brier was an early contact lens practitioner in Australia and involved in teaching at the Queensland Institute of Technology for over many years. The Hamlyn R. Brier Clinical Optometry Award for excellence in practice was established by he Queensland Division of the Australian Optimetrical Association in 1994.



Education - Completed 4-year optometry apprenticeship
Education - Completed Certificate of the London Refraction Hospital
Education - Fellowship in Optometry, Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers and Fellowship, British Optical Association
Education - Honorary Diploma, Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers
1933 - 1938
Career position - In practice with Flavelle, Roberts and Sankey, opticians, Brisbane
1938 - 1975
Career position - In private practice, Brisbane
Career position - Vice-President, Australian Optometrical Association
1942 - 1945
Career position - Queensland Representative, National Optical Council
1945 - 1947
Career position - Vice President, Institute of Optometrists (Queensland)
1946 - 1949
Career position - Member, Queensland Board of Optical Registration
1947 - 1949
Career position - President, Institute of Optometrists (Queensland)
1949 - 1950
Career position - President, Australian Optometrical Association
1962 - 1966
Career position - Secretary and Treasurer, Contact Lens Society of Australia
Award - Honorary Life Member, Contact Lens Society of Australia
Life event - Retired

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  • Bruce, A. and Brier, H., 'The Contact Lens Society of Australia 1961-75: notes on its formation and early development', Clinical and Experimental Optometry, 75 (1992), 172-81. Details
  • Vincent, Stephen J. and Mountford, John A., 'Hamlyn R. Brier (1911 - 2001): Queensland's optometrist for all seasons', Clinical and Experimental Optometry, 100 (2017), 541-4. Details


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