Establishment of Section VIII (Australasian Section)
An Australian Section of the International College of Dentists was officially established in 1964. Prior to establishment of the Australian Section which has subsequently become the “Australasian Section”, dentists from Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific region were admitted to the College through the College At Large. Records prior to 1964 show that AJ Arnott, John S Baird, Frank Carberry, Eric Gee, Malcolm Joyner and Reginald Krauss of Australia and Bruce Rice of New Zealand were Fellows.
Gilbert Henderson of Western Australia was the first Australian dentist to become a Regent of the College. He was slated to become President of the 1964 Australian Dental Association Congress and it was due largely to his efforts that the Australian Section of the College was first established. The Executive Council of the College At Large acknowledged at its meeting in 1962 that Australia wished to form a Section. The matter was again formally raised in 1963 when final approval was given to the request.
The inaugural meeting of the Australian Section was held in Perth, Western Australia on 30 May 1964. Past President and Master Fellow Gordon Agnew dedicated the Section and admitted new members to Fellowship at a ceremony and dinner attended by approximately 30 persons. The dentists admitted to Fellowship at the inaugural Section VIII induction were Kenneth Adamson, Neville Cox, Ian Crapp, Derek Freeman and Ross Taylor.