Dentistry: Innovation and Education


Medical History Museum, University of Melbourne

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 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 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.

Image: Dental Students, 1912. The photograph was Presented to J. Iliffe Esq. from the Melbourne Dental Students' Society 1912. Henry Forman Atkinson Dental Museum, University of Melbourne