Dentistry: Innovation and Education exhibition goes online

2019 celebrated the 135th anniversary of the establishment of the Odontological Society of Victoria in 1884, which brought about the development of the first dental school in the State.

The organization consisted of a group of trained dentists and was modelled on the Odontological Society of Great Britain, established in 1856. The Australian College of Dentistry was established in 1897 and affiliated with the University of Melbourne in a process that formalised dental education and further legitimised dental practice and research.

This anniversary was celebrated with an exhibition held at the Medical History Museum, which is now available online. The exhibition showcases the development of dental practice, education and public health in Victoria through the collections of the Henry Forman Atkinson Museum, Medical History Museum, Australian Dental Association (Victoria) and University of Utrecht, the Netherlands.

View of two dentists working on a patient in small dental practice
Image: Alex Bauer, Mr McIntosh’s surgery, Colac, Victoria, c.1900. Henry Forman Atkinson Dental Museum, University of Melbourne. Gift of Ms Helena Stone 2013